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10-year-old Amelia Poggenpoel reached out and touched Shia Labeouf's soul with the choirgirl pure voice of an angel.

Shia receives no shortage of grief, critical leers, and general public disapproval for his endless montage of hysterical press antics; and when the going gets rough, he gets tough, and dons a paper-bag.

The young Formby School of Dancing and Performing Arts student, Amelia Poggenpoel has her mother Tor to thank for her breakout vocalist performance. Tor told the ECHO: "I started talking about Amelia and how proud I am of her and how sometimes I don't feel that she's loved enough. I don't always have attention to give to her when I'm at work or if I'm tired. I got quite emotional talking about it and they then realized I was in the room with them. They took their headsets off and Shia started welling up. I told them that Amelia has an amazing voice, so he asked if she could sing for him."

From there Amelia was handed the floor, and under the fiery, intensified gaze of Shia Labeouf, she broke out in song with a cover of "Who's Loving You" by Jackson 5. LaBeouf overcome with a flood of emotion was brought to tears, and shortly after the performance's conclusion, went on to embrace Amelia.

The #TOUCHMYSOUL four-day live performance wrapped up a few days ago, after 2,000 people visited FACT in person to watch Shia take phone calls. Oh, also almost 300,000 people tuned in from a live webcam, so, that happened.

social media woman calls out public fat-shaming group handing out cards on London Underground
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National Health Services (NHS) worker Kara Florish took to Twitter to document receiving a body-image shaming business card on London's Underground.

The card, which states to be from a group called "Overweight Haters Ltd", reads "fat" in large letters on one side. The other side contains a paragraph with a description of the "organization".

Writer Sean Thomas Knox witnessed a similar, separate body-shaming card incident, and tweeted about it's authenticity.



British Transport Police on Twitter are asking anyone with any information to get in touch with them.



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The John Lewis department store Christmas advert is a tradition that almost everyone in the UK looks forward to.

This year's sentimental and beautiful ad was no different. Except one man in Virginia definitely wasn't looking forward to its release.

John Lewis, a computer science educator living in America, has the same name as the giant British department store. And every Christmas is a struggle in his Twitter mentions.

Even though it gets annoying every year, he takes it pretty well.

And who wouldn't? This seemingly random guy now has 12.5k followers.

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It's not easy to make Simon Cowell cry. The man has made a career judging singing shows with his harsh and blunt persona.

But one contestant on The X Factor UK did the unthinkable—he got Cowell to shed a tear at his beautiful rendition of Labrinth's Jealous.

Contestant Josh Daniel dedicated the song to his best friend who had recently died. And his passionate, emotional performance was just too much for the stone-hearted Cowell to take.

Let those tears flow, Simon. Just let it go.

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These kids have it all: Enthusiastic crowds, cheering, sick burns, and now they just need rhymes longer than two lines! But seriously, it looks like everyone's having a good time with this one.

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A 47-year-old British woman named Jacqueline Williams was arrested and charged with racially aggravated public order offense yesterday, only hours after the British Transportation Police issued a public appeal on YouTube to identify the female passenger who was seen hurling racist remarks at other train passengers in a recently upload video (shown left). It seems that the British law enforcement has taken a liking to crowd-sourced investigations, as yesterday's arrest marked the third case of racial abuse involving a viral transit fight video from this year.

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Russell Brand's, um, brand of comedy isn't everyone's cup of tea, but, if anything, he's pretty good at being on his toes when it comes to making light of a dull situation. As such, when Brand was testifying about the UK's drug policy to Parliament, he made quite the show out of it, which also happened to be better than his stand-up.

[boingboing]

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A new Olympic Games ad by Argentina stars Fernando Zylberberg, a star field-hockey player, training for London on the Falkland Islands. "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil," the spot says. Problem is, the Falklands are a self-governing British territory over which the two countries have fought forever.

"The Olympics is about sport and not politics," said a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office. "We are also dismayed at the insensitivity and disrespect demonstrated by the filmmakers in their use of a war memorial in the Falklands as a prop."

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