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Who is Merlin Griffiths? First Dates mixologist and barman with his own London pub

WHEN nervous diners enter the First Dates restaurant, Merlin Griffiths is often the person who is able to put their mind at ease. But you won’t catch the barman in London’s swanky Paternoster Chop House once the cameras stop rolling. Here’s the lowdown… Who is Merlin Griffiths? The king of cocktails, Merlin has been a […]

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WHEN nervous diners enter the First Dates restaurant, Merlin Griffiths is often the person who is able to put their mind at ease.

But you won’t catch the barman in London’s swanky Paternoster Chop House once the cameras stop rolling. Here’s the lowdown…

Merlin Griffiths is the First Dates barman and owns his own pub in north-west London
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Who is Merlin Griffiths?

The king of cocktails, Merlin has been a bartender and mixologist for more than 20 years.

The 40-year-old grew up in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and was educated at Pate’s Grammar School.

Merlin, who previously worked in India, owns his own bar and restaurant, The Priory Tavern, in Kilburn, north-west London.

Merlin (right) stars in First Dates with Cici Coleman, Sam Conrad, Fred Sirieux, Laura Tott and Austin Ventour (left-right)
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He has one child with partner Lucile who Merlin, a keen cyclist, met at a cocktail competition more than a decade ago.

He won the contest, and bagged himself a girl in the process.

Lucile and Merlin took over The Priory Tavern in 2010, taking influences from classic British pub food and their time working in Canada and America.

The couple’s pub won Regional Cellar Keeper of the Year in 2015.

What does Merlin do on First Dates?

Merlin is the barman at the First Dates restaurant, and normally the first port of call for the nervous diners.

After maitre d’ Fred Sirieix offers the daters a seat at the bar, Merlin makes them their perfect drink – while quizzing them about their choice of date.

He tends to have banter with the customers, some of whom have even drawn comparisons between the friendly face and Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean.

When is First Dates on TV?

First Dates airs on Monday evenings at 10pm on Channel 4.

This is the ninth series of the popular dating show.

Tonight’s episode goes head-to-head with the news on BBC One and ITV, W1A on BBC Two and Make You Laugh Out Loud on Channel 5.

Brave First Dates star whips off her wig to reveal her bald tattooed head

 

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Copa Libertadores final: Gremio vs Lanus live stream, kick-off time and TV channel for the first leg

GREMIO take on Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995. The Brazilians have made it to their first final in ten years after beating Barcelona, of Ecuador, 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final. A 3-0 win in Guayaquil was enough to put Renato Gaucho’s side out of […]

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GREMIO take on Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995.

The Brazilians have made it to their first final in ten years after beating Barcelona, of Ecuador, 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

Gremio host Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995
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A 3-0 win in Guayaquil was enough to put Renato Gaucho’s side out of site and ensure a 1-0 loss at home in the second leg was purely academic.

Argentines Lanus made it to their first ever final in more dramatic fashion, losing 1-0 away to River Plate and then finding themselves 2-0 down at home after 23 minutes of the second leg.

But Jorge Almiron’s side then scored four goals without reply to sensationally secure their place in the final.

When is Gremio vs Lanus?

Gremio host Lanus on Wednesday, November 22.

The match will kick off at 11.45pm GMT.

That’s 9.45pm in Porto Alegre and 8.45pm in Buenos Aires.

It will take place at the Arena do Gremio.

What TV channel is Gremio vs Lanus on?

Gremio vs Lanus will not be on television in the UK.

But you can keep up to date with the biggest stories from the match on SunSport.

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Ashes 2017 first Test: What time does Australia vs England start tonight and what TV channel is it on?

JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane. Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root. FOLLOW ALL OF THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE BLOG When is […]

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JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane.

Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root.

Spinner Moeen Ali in a warm-up game against Australia Cricket XI
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When is the 2017-18 Ashes first test?

The series is currently in the practice stage, with the real action kicking off next week.

The opening Test will start next Thursday, November 23 at 12am GMT in the UK.

That Test concludes the following Monday, November 27.

Here is the full test schedule:

England's Ashes Test schedule

Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane) – midnight
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide) – 4am
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth) – 2.30am
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne) – 11.30pm (Xmas Day)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney) – 11.30pm (Jan 3 GMT)

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Where can I watch the 2017-18 Ashes?

For the first time the Ashes are being shown exclusively on BT Sport.

BT secured the rights after Sky Sports had held them for years.

Coverage of all the Tests and ODIs will be live on British TV.

The Ashes 2017 LIVE Updates as England take on Australia Down Under

Where can I see the highlights of the Ashes?

Highlights of the 2017-18 series will be shown for FREE.

After every day’s play, the best bits will be available to watch on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app.

At 7pm after game day, highlights are uploaded for all to watch.

If you’ve missed out from past days, all action from the series is on BT’s Ashes hub.

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Who is Princess Tiaamii? Katie Price and Peter Andre’s daughter who is regularly in the headlines

DAUGHTER of model Katie Price and pop star Peter Andre, Princess Tiaamii was always going to end up making headlines one way or the other. From appearing on Loose Women and her mum’s reality shows to causing a stir on Instagram here’s everything you need to know about Katie Price’s eldest daughter… Who is Princess Tiaamii […]

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DAUGHTER of model Katie Price and pop star Peter Andre, Princess Tiaamii was always going to end up making headlines one way or the other.

From appearing on Loose Women and her mum’s reality shows to causing a stir on Instagram here’s everything you need to know about Katie Price’s eldest daughter…

Princess Tiaamii is the daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre
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Who is Princess Tiaamii and how old is she?

Princess Tiaamii is the daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre.

Born June 29 2007, Princess is the couple’s eldest daughter and is now aged 10.

She was born two years after her brother Junior, whose father is also Peter Andre.

Katie split from Princess’ dad in 2009 and since then married Alex Reid and is currently married to Kieran Hayler.

Princess also has half siblings Harvey (from mum Katie’s romance with Dwight York), Bunny and Jett (from Katie’s current marriage to Kieran) and Theodore and Amelia (her dad Peter’s kids with new wife Emily).

Princess is 10 years old and Katie’s eldest daughter

Why is she called Princess Tiaamii?

Princess got her unusual name because dad Peter wanted her to be named after both his and Katie’s mums – Thea and Amy, so he came up with the interesting combination.

Pete revealed at the time: “Katie always loved the name Princess, but everyone thought it was a bit over the top.

“I loved it too but I wanted to name her after both our mums.Then I just woke up one morning and thought, I know!

“We’ll just put them together! If people don’t like it, that’s up to them.”

Her full name is Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre.

Princess’ dad Peter Andre came up with Tiaamii for her
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Why has Princess Tiaamii been at the centre of Instagram controversy?

Over the years Princess’ mum Katie has come under fire for posting pictures of her on social media showing her pouting and wearing make-up.

Back in 2015 she caused a furore by sharing a picture of the youngster wearing lashings of mascara and pouting her lips which were covered in lip gloss.

At the time Princess hit back at critics herself in a clip posted online by her mum, saying: “By the way, I wanna do my make-up, not my mum, I do. And anyway it’s none of your beeswax, so oosh!”

In early 2017 her mum Katie divided opinion again by sharing a picture of her posing in her bikini on holiday.

While many complimented the beautiful youngster, others believed the images were overly sexy for a child.

Katie posted a series of pictures of Princess in her bikini which caused controversy
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Katie later defended her decision – saying that Princess doesn’t even know what ‘sexy’ is.

She said: “If I said to Princess don’t pose like that it’s too sexy – she doesn’t know what sexy is.

“She just watched the best!…  The people who were saying she looked too sexy, they looking at her thinking she looks sexy…

“They should take a look at themselves and wonder why they are saying she looks sexy.”

Katie again came under fire in July 2017 after posting a video of Princess and Junior to Instagram showing them promoting a drinks range.

At the end of 2016, Princess briefly had her own Instagram account after begging her mother for one.

The decision to allow her was wildly criticised with critics claiming that she was placing them in danger from online predators, and forcing them to grow up too fast. The account disappeared just a few weeks later.

This image of Princess in 2015 wearing make-up sparked debate
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Has Princess Tiaamii appeared on TV shows?

It is no secret that Princess is keen to follow in her famous parents’ footsteps.

She has already appeared on TV with their mum and dad on their numerous reality show, and most recently starred on Katie’s new TLC show Katie Price’s Pony Club.

Princess has also made a few appearances on Loose Women, alongside brother Junior.

The Sun’s Bizarre Column has also reported how Junior and Princess are in discussions to become the faces of McDonald’s.

A source revealed how the pair being offered big bucks to represent the fast-food chain’s world-famous Happy Meals.

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