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RBS Group is changing its name to NatWest – here’s what it means for customers – The Sun

THE Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group is changing its name to the NatWest Group but the banking giant says there's no change for customers.

Coutts, NatWest, RBS, and Ulster Bank will remain the brands operating within the group, with RBS saying it's just the group name that's changing.

New boss Alison Rose says the major re-branding, which will take place later this year, is to reflect the fact that 80 per cent of the group's customer base is under the NatWest brand.

But she adds that there's no change for customers and staff.

All communication customers receive from their bank will continue to come from the individual brand they're signed up to.

While branches will continue to be branded as they are now with no impact on jobs.

Chairman of the group, Howard Davies, said: “The Board has decided that it is the right time to align the parent name with the brand under which the great majority of our business is delivered.

"Customers will see no change to products or services as a result of this change and will continue to be served through the brands they recognise today.”

The announcement comes as part of the group's annual financial results published today.

It reported better than expected pre-tax profit of £4.2billion for 2019 – up 26 per cent compared to £3.4billion in 2018.

But the results were dented by a loss at the group's investment arm, NatWest Markets, of £121million, and a previously announced £900million provision to compensate customers mis-sold PPI.

Ms Rose said: “Today marks the start of a new era for our bank as we announce our new purpose – to champion potential, helping people, families and businesses to thrive."

RBS and NatWest have recently come under fire for hiking overdraft fees up to 40 per cent from 20 per cent.

The banks are also scrapping cashback on bills for 1.7million customers.

But NatWest will pay you £175 if you switch your main bank account to it.

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It’s Time to Mine Peter Weber’s Dramatic Dating History

Please grab the nearest available pile of rose petals, a bandage dress, and a massive goblet of white wine, because the time has come to talk about The Bachelor. More specifically, the gentle bae known affectionately as Pilot Pete (aka Peter Weber), man who’s on a mission to find love no matter how many freak golfing accidents try to stop him!

If everything goes according to plan, Peter should be engaged in just a few weeks. But he came into The Bachelor with a whole bunch of baggage on his metaphorical airplane (it’s called pilot humor, look it up), and by “baggage,” I mean past relationships that will definitely resurface this season. Wondering who else Peter has dated? Time for a dramatic deep dive, my dudes.

Hannah Brown


I mean, obviously. Peter fell incredibly hard for Hannah Brown just a few months ago during The Bachelorette, where he windmill sexed his way to the final three. Sadly, Hannah broke up with Peter and he was absolutely crushed. Oddly enough, though, he wasn’t mad about losing, per se, tearfully telling cameras, “I’ll never forget this journey, how beautiful it was in so many ways. I fell in love with her, and I swear I don’t regret anything. I know I have a ton of love to give, and I thought it would be Hannah.”

Peter ended up reuniting with Hannah on live TV, and honestly, if you can get through this clip without breaking down into tears at work/school/alone in your bed with a plate of cheese (hi, me), then you might want to check to make sure you’re not a robot.

But as we all now know, Hannah’s appearance on his season of the show didn’t go over well and she ended up leaving without him.

Calee Lutes

Okay, so yes: Peter is a Nice Guy™. But his past isn’t entirely drama-free. Peter’s model ex-girlfriend Calee Lutes came forward in an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in July, basically accusing him of leaving her to go on the show.

According to Calee, she and Peter dated for five months after meeting through an app in June 2018. They went on multiple vacations, said “I love you,” and even talked about having kids. But things changed in December.

“We talked about plans for New Year’s and, of course, we wanted to spend it together, so I bought a ticket out to L.A.,” she said. “We also were planning a trip to Costa Rica in March. A few days later—two days before Christmas—we FaceTimed and he said that we should end our relationship before it got even more serious. He didn’t really have a reason why. I was devastated and completely blindsided. To do this right before Christmas was cruel. It not only ruined my Christmas but my family’s as well. I didn’t understand why it was so urgent to end things so suddenly.”

Pete: auditioned for this show while simultaneously dating one of my best friends. And begging her to move in with him 😱‼️ pic.twitter.com/lR9ZvJ7AI1

Calee said she looked at Peter’s Instagram and saw that a producer from The Bachelorette had recently followed him. “He immediately deleted EVERY trace of me on Instagram,” she said. “He deleted our pictures, which is expected, but he also untagged me from photos, deleted my comments from his page, and went as far as Unliking my photos/deleting his comments from my Instagram as well.”

Ultimately, Calee thinks Peter was interviewing for The Bachelorette while dating her, which…yikes!

Merissa Pence

SPOILER ALERT!

Before Peter went on the hometowns dates with the final few contestants, Reality Steve suggested his ex Merissa Pence, who Peter dated in 2012, would tell him all about Victoria. F’s “shady past.” You see, Merissa used to run in the same circles as Victoria and claimed that the contestant threatened her the first time they ever met.

Merissa told Us Weekly, “We became friends when I moved back from Los Angeles about three years ago. Our first encounter was that she told me she was going to slash my tires because I was hanging out with one of her ex-boyfriends.” And after Victoria was cast on the show, Merissa said she started saying things like, “Do you know who I am?”

Basically, Merissa is not a Victoria fan and ends up going on the show to tell Peter all about the Victoria she knows.

The “Other Women”

Aside from accusing him of dumping her for a shot at fame, Calee also accused Peter of dating other women while they were together, telling ET, “If all of this wasn’t bad enough, I’ve had multiple people reach out to me and tell me that he was seeing other women while we were exclusive.”

Peter hasn’t exactly denied this, but he did tell People, “I was very serious in trying to progress that relationship and move it forward. And she wasn’t on the same page as me. That being said, I wasn’t going to waste her time or my time. But the casting process and my first interview was months after we broke up. It’s obvious that I hurt someone that I really did care about. That was never my intention. And for that I’m sorry. Breakups suck!”

His Mystery Girlfriend

We don’t know much about Peter’s dating life pre-Calee, but thanks to his original ABC bio, we do know he once “took a girl on a sunset flight to Santa Barbara for dinner.”

We also know Peter opened up to Hannah about a past relationship on The Bachelorette, and a bunch of people in the comments think he was talking about this girl:

Sure, this could be his cousin or something, but there’s a vibe. Plus, he seems to have his arm around her in this pic!

That’s all for now, but don’t be surprised if the rest of Pete’s exes come out of the woodwork now that he’s America’s sweetheart. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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It’s not easy being green (and turning electronica into classical)

“Getting into the groove” a process memorably identified by Madonna, was the biggest challenge for Evan Lawson in his latest project.

Lawson, artistic director of contemporary classical music outfit the Forest Collective, has adapted emerging chamber pop star Max Lawrence’s debut EP Chlorophyll into a lush orchestral experience for Midsumma Festival.

Melbourne singer/songwriter Max LawrenceCredit:Jeff Anderson Jr

“That’s one thing, unfortunately, that classical musicians do find a bit difficult,” Lawson says. “We can do expressive and expansive, beautiful and rhythmic, but we can’t necessarily get a groove.”

He first heard Lawrence, 23, at Gaytimes Festival – the queer arts, music and (literal) camping extravaganza – last year and was immediately impressed. “I already felt Max had a distinct song-writing style that would lend itself well to classical instrumentation,” he says.

They dreamed up an arrangement that would imbue the EP tracks plus new material with sumptuous orchestral life, with Lawson conducting. How did they get around the lack of a beat? By bringing Lawrence’s regular collaborator Rino Darusman aka Goldnoir – a producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter himself – along for the ride.

Lawson says Darusman’s input was vital. “We don’t have a drum kit, but Rino’s playing keyboard providing us with that groove, so he’s the engine room.”

Lawson, a VCA graduate, wrote his thesis on English singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf, renowned for combining electronic samples with classical instrumentation, so he’s across both the possibilities and the challenges. “For me, the strength of Patrick’s music is the meeting point of pop vibes and the classical form, instrumental colour and the approach to electronics as a colouristic effect.”

Forest Collective, including Ali Fyffe on saxophone, William Elm on the accordion, Trea Hindley on trombone and Helen Bower on violin, are dab hands at picking up the pop vibe.

“We’ve worked with dance, theatre and filmmakers, so bringing contemporary art music to new spaces is at the core of what we do,” Lawson says. “Max’s music is opulent and orchestral with a sophisticated harmonic language, so it fits very well.

“We’re used to notated music, so while Max had some of that already, it was mostly just chords and a melody. So Alex Morris and Matt Hirst have taken the songs and brought them out in the arrangements.”

That involved listening to them, “umpty-do times … then you’ve got to have an intellectual discussion with yourself about how you can represent that with the instruments you’ve got. Whether you represent what they’ve created, or go in a completely new direction.”

Lawrence had to be comfortable with that direction. “You’re putting a musician who’s unused to being in an ensemble in a situation where they have to really be conducted and structurally sound,” Lawson notes. “Within a pop music context, that isn’t always the intention. So you have to create a framework to be fluid, expressive and improvisatorial, which can still happen, but we need to have discussions about when and how.”

Rehearsing at the Abbotsford Convent, Forest Collective’s home for the last six years, was a trip for Lawrence. “I’ve always imagined my music played by a classical orchestra. So for Evan, who is also queer, to come to me wanting to work together and bring that forward in an organic, classical space was so exciting. I was over the moon.”

His soulful debut EP Chlorophyll, released last year boasts an expansive electro sound punctuated by his swooping falsetto and plaintive introspection. “It’s all about healing, growing out of a state of numbness and apathy towards being connected again,” Lawrence says. “I was really depressed. When I learned about mindfulness and meditation, just being able to watch a tree blow in the wind and try to have no thoughts in your head was the most inspiring thing. So I wanted to write music to cultivate that stillness for other people.”

He hopes audiences will find that stillness when the ensemble performs at the convent. “To sing in that space with a beautiful harp, accordion, strings and the woodwinds, I got a bit emotional.”

Chlorophyll is at the Abbotsford Convent as part of Midsumma Festival February 7-9. For more info, go to midsumma.org.au

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