Makosi Musambasi's Biography
Makosi started a career in nursing when she was 18.
Makosi came third in Big Brother 6, beaten only by Eugene and Anthony. However, she was given a hard time by Davina and the live audience when she was evicted.
Makosi Musambasi claimed to be worried that she was pregnant through having sex with Anthony in the Big Brother house pool. Many people regarded this as a critical moment in her loss of popularity half way through the series.
Makosi lived in Wycombe with one of her sisters, Veronica. However at the end of August 2005 Makosi's working visa was curtailed and she either had to get out of Britain or appeal the decision.
In the end Makosi was allowed to stay in Britain for five years as a refugee when the tribunal ruled that there was a danger to her in returning to Zimbabwe.
Whilst contending the decision Makosi did an interview with Closer magazine, in which she decided to get off her chest (pun intended):
"I love my boobs but they're just too heavy.
"They give me terrible backache.
"I think I'll show my surgeon a picture of Halle Berry's breasts and say give me a pair of those!"
Makosi was also pulling her weight for charitable causes. After the earthquake in South East Asia, Makosi was one of the celebrities praised by the Disasters Emergency Committee after she helped with the phone-in that raised around £4 million.
Makosi Musambasi used to go out with fashion worker, Itai Madzivadondo.
After leaving Big Brother, Makosi gave an interesting interview with her local paper, the Bucks Free Press, in which she said:
"I went on to Big Brother for all sorts of reasons, but the most important reason is that my mum has a brain tumour. It's benign, it is not malignant, but it is sitting on optic nerves which could make her blind ... Her having an operation is going to cost a lot of money, so I thought if I can use myself to raise money for my mum then fair enough."
Makosi's mother, Sennie lives in Zimbabwe with Makosi's father and five other siblings.
Since Big Brother, Makosi has been lambasted by Derek Laud when he was on BBC1's Question Time; and she had a run-in with Kemal when they were interviewed on Sky News.
When she presented her music tastes on E4, Makosi raved about Michael Jackson, and, in particular, Thriller, which she dedicated to Kinga.
In February 2007, the BBC reported:
"Big Brother 6 contestant Makosi Musambasi has settled a libel action against The Sun, which falsely claimed she conned her way onto the TV show ..."
When Big Brother announced in 2010 that Makosi was one of the ultimate housemates, they revealed that she had been in a relationship for 2 years with a 49-year-old, who lived in Africa.
Makosi Musambasi was the second Ultimate Big Brother housemate to be evicted.
Makosi subsequently presented a chat show, Makosi Today, on ZBC (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Today).
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- “It incrementally came to me that when I audition I’m not trying to get a job, but to give them something, my acting. The victory is not ‘Did I beat that other guy out?’ but ‘Did I present that character as believably as I could?’ That was the turning point.”
- Bogart described himself as: "Democrat in politics, Episcopalian by upbringing. dissenter by disposition."
- "Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government."
- Lenny Bruce said of his own work: "All my humour is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover."
- "The only exercise I get these days is walking behind the coffins of my friends who take exercise."
- Freud remarked in 1933 when there was a public burning of his books in Berlin: "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books."
- "I like working on stage because there's something very immediate about it, that interaction with an audience where you immediately hear their reaction, or feel them, whether they're with you."
- Beacham once said of Joan Collins:
"Joan Collins is like the old children's nursery rhyme: 'When she is good, she is very, very good. And when she is bad, she is horrid.' I can't remember how the whole of it goes, but it defines her perfectly."
- ‘if you can soundtrack somebody’s memory, that is a beautiful thing’
- It's sink or swim, and you've most probably picked up by now that I don't do life jackets.
- John Banville told Mariella Frostrup on The Book Show:
"If you want to write noir fiction, Dublin in the 1950s is the place to set it ... all that cigarette smoke, all that fog, all that guilt, all that suppressed sexual longing ..."
- "Acting is a job like any other. It takes practice to be good at it. After that you learn your lines, concentrate on nothing else, get dressed and go home."
- "You'll like this, not a lot, but you'll like it." was Paul Daniels's catchphrase.
- "If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. And he’s also the best thing to happen to the Democrats ever.”
- "I play my best in finals. That's why I'm Number 1, you know. There's no secret."
- On the share collapse (Oct 1987) Blair said:
" the City whizz-kids, with salaries only fractionally less than their greed, now seem not only morally dubious, but incompetent"
- I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.
- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
- "The maintenance of the tradition of fashion is in the nature of an act of faith. In a century which attempts to tear the heart out of every mystery, fashion guards its secret well, and is the best possible proof that there is still magic abroad."
- "The Sun once did 20 things you never knew about Angus Deayton – and I didn't know 16 of them ..."
- I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them
- Alfred Hitchcock once remarked:
"Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like a character, he just tears him up."
- "You spend your life working on your craft - I started acting as a seven-year-old - and then, all of a sudden, you're an 'overnight success'."
- "When I got to drama school there were all these people going 'Oh, my Dad used to watch Ken Loach films' and I would be thinking, who is Ken Loach?"
- "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time - never. These allegations are false."
- "I invented World Music. I was the first person to use Plasticine in a video"
- I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
- How do you stop a polite conversation about politics, even with your nearest and dearest, descending into a slanging match?
The only failsafe answer of course is not to talk about politics at all.
- "I like to show that it's possible to be big and be fit. I have a healthy lifestyle. I don't smoke, don't drink and I eat well. You don't have to be skinny to take part in sport."
- In today’s world, hospitality and love are our most formidable weapons against hatred and extremism.
- Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
- "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit"
- Referring to the 'Beat' writers, Truman Capote remarked: "This isn't writing at all - it's typing."
- Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
- "My own experience has shown that you can survive after going through terrible times at home and I give my utmost support to those women and young people living with the threat of domestic abuse... Don't suffer in silence because help is out there."
- Maurice Greene once said:
"If you want to be number one, you have to train like you're number two"
- In 2005, before the India v Pakistan test series, Zaheer Abbas advised his countrymen:
"Glue yourselves to the Indian pitches to the extent they have to call the police to budge you."
- The English like eccentrics. They just don't like them living next door
- Upon being given the freedom of Preston, Freddie Flintoff noted:
"That means I can drive a flock of sheep through the town centre, drink for free in no less than 64 pubs and get a lift home with the police when I become inebriated - what more could you want?"
- Regrets and mistakes are the touchstone of spiritual growth.
- "If you have the most beautiful castle with nobody you love inside, it is shit. That is why you must spend less money on decoration and more money on finding the person you love. And then, once you’ve found that, you must have a good bed: for making love. And a good kitchen table – also for making love, and for eating."
- Dustin Hoffman told The Sunday Times: "I get up at 4.30 every morning. It's the best time in the world. You see the break of dawn, and you're on your own and I have my bachelorhood back. For those two hours every day, it's just me, coffee and the dogs."
- "I make films because if I don't make them then I don't have anything to distract me. My whole life I am constantly fighting all kinds of depression and terror and anxiety and I find that, like a mental patient in an institution, that if they keep the patient busy finger painting then they are more relaxed."
- "I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country."
- From Tony Blair's speech to the TUC, September 1995:
"But what has come home to me more than anything else is the utter futility of Opposition. I did not join the Labour Party to protest. I joined it as a party of government and I will make sure that it is a party of government."
- "I am strongly feminist, and I'm interested in current affairs, and on an international level-it's important to realise what's going on in the rest of the world, and the importance of where we're from in how it shapes us and our views."
- Hiroshima Mon Amour, Les Quatre cent coups, Les Amants were tremendously important events. These days, because of television and the incredible saturation of images, I'm not sure this would happen any more. Cinema has become - I don't want to say obsolete, but somewhat marginal. We live in a culture of the disposable. A film can be an event, be huge at the box office, win all kinds of awards, and then in a couple of years be pretty much forgotten.
- Frank Zappa described rock journalists as "people, who can't write, interviewing people, who can't talk, for people, who can't read."
- "You learn your lessons from the mistakes you make, not the things you achieve."
- Life's too short to make filo pastry.
- Gerald Kaufman has crawled so far up the backside of NATO that only the soles of his feet are visible.
- Without good time management the plan fails and you end up not getting anything done. You have to know what you want to do, how much time you've got to do it and then sit down and work out the best way to do it. It's all about sacrifice. Once you have the routine it's pretty easy to stick to it. As long as you take the time to plan how things are going to work it's all good. Without that planning you'll be in a mess.
- Clearly, I don't think anybody in this city is shocked about what consenting adults do. As long as you don't involve children, animals or vegetables they leave people to get on and live their own life in their own way.
- "Vote Labour and you build castles in the air. Vote Conservative and you can live in them."
- But I could not more write a romance than an epic poem. I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensible for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No, I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other."
- "I think the openness that might be necessary to be a good actor can be lethal in your real life."
- "I guess that when you get into your fifties you just have to keep reinventing yourself as an actor. They kind of don't know what to do with you. Thankfully, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren have shown the world that there is acting life after 50, although equally there still aren't all that many strong parts for women parts on television today, which is why doing theatre is so important to me."
- "I'm fond of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. They are kind of the John and Paul of the global development stage, in my opinion.
"But the point is, Lennon and McCartney changed my interior world - Blair and Brown can change the real world."
- I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
- In discussing School for Seduction, Kelly Brook told the BBC:
"Regardless of what hair colour you have, what you look like, what accent you have, what you do for a living even, it's all about how you feel, and about being comfortable in your own skin. The women in School For Seduction are not doing it for men, they're doing it for themselves."
- If you nod your head any longer I'm going to put you on the back seat of my bloody car.
- Lisa Francesca Nand (Chessy to Talksport listeners) wrote an article for Radiojam, which quoted Tommy Boyd on the future of the talk radio format: "I wonder if we're going to let the boat sail without us. US talk radio is knocking music off FM stations now, and we are still inviting any guy who's written a book to wander on air and drone about it for half an hour."
- On Rupert Murdoch:"one of the most impressive and significant figures of the last 50 years"
- "Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi-cabs and cutting hair."
- “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
- "Celebrity is a lot like ice cream, you know, it melts and then you've got to live with yourself."
- 'Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.'
- "I'm quite urban. I don't like to be too far away from an espresso machine."
- I think greed is very corrupting and one of the sad things is that greed is so unimaginative. Sometimes I see people spend fortunes on preposterous toys or daft experiences and think, “You could do so much more with that money, be more creative and feel so much better.”
- The first rule of survival is learning to control your emotions.
- "There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success."
- From Goodbye to Berlin: "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking."
- Asked by The Guardian whether The X Factor is having a negative influence on the music business, Steve Brookstein replied: "No, it is more having a negative effect on Christmas. Simon Cowell bought the rights to Christmas. From now on it's called X-mas."
- Regarding David Gest's marriage to Liza Minnelli:
"We were taking bets in our pew about how long it would last ... that [wedding] kiss wasn't a kiss, it was like sucking chrome off a Cadillac."
- "When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale."
- "Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration."
- Steve Guttenberg told Metro:
"Typecasting is a good thing. It's good to be known for what you do. It's good Xerox is known for its copying machines and it's good Jim Carrey is known for comedy. That's the sign in front of the store. Unless you're lucky enough to be Jack Lemmon or Cary Grant, there are few guys who can do comedy and drama."
- Mhairi Black said in her maiden speech in the House of Commons: "Tony Benn once said that in politics there are weathercocks and signposts. Weathercocks will spin in whatever direction the wind of public opinion may blow them, no matter what principle they have to compromise. And then there are signposts, which stand true and tall and principled. They point in one direction and they say, “This is the way to a better society and it is my job to convince you why.” Tony Benn was right when he said that the only people worth remembering in politics are those who are signposts."
- Scammers are getting smarter and the scams are becoming more personal, which make them more believable.
- "We find ourselves in a market system which seems to have taken its rules of trade from Alice in Wonderland ... To a bystander like me, those who made £190m deliberately underselling the shares of HBOS, in spite of a very strong capital base, and drove it into the arms of Lloyds TSB, are clearly bank robbers and asset strippers."
- "Giving young men what they want doesn't generally bring out the best in them. Success is almost guaranteed to mess you up more than failure."
- "As an actor you have to communicate all the time. So when I get home I'd rather dig the garden or take the dog for a walk than, say, go out to lunch and start communicating again."
- "It's a small world but you wouldn't want to paint it"
- "Isn't the Ego a wonderful thing?"
- "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown in to the sea".
- On 20 March 2010, collecting a lifetime achievement award from the Bradford International Film Festival, John Hurt said that he continued to want to act:
"I can't see any other reason to be alive unless you're taking an active interest in your area of life.
"If life was to be just to stop and watch television - I couldn't contemplate that as being worthwhile at all."
- "Once you get into your stride, the camera becomes like another person in the room. It's like being in a very small theatre where there is no getting away with anything because the audience is centimetres away from you."
- "Human beings are brilliantly creative at finding ways to pass time in unconstructive ways."
- "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
- When you want to be ranked number 1 in the world, when you want to be Olympic gold medallist and you want to make history you're really careful setting your goals along the way. You take small steps instead of having a goal that's so far out that it starts to seem unachievable."
- From an interview with Scott Davidson of Regeneration: "Take a project like Band Aid for instance. Many people worked very hard for Band Aid, and OK, it raised millions of pounds, but then more money was being taken off the Overseas Aid Budget by the Conservatives. Political action is the way of securing change. If you do not engage in political parties you are not actually engaging in political decisions. You may think you are, but you're not.
"It's a very easy line - and the press love it - that politicians are in it for themselves, all the parties are the same, etc. And then, of course, single issue politics appears to be pristine idealism, but a lot of key political decisions that dramatically affect these groups are taken by political parties.
"It is also the danger with some groups like the Green Party - they end up with policies which are just out to lunch and do not help the causes they think they are helping."
- Alda appeared on Inside The Actor's Studio and said, "Listening is being able to be changed by the person."
- "Try not to worry about the small things in life that go wrong. You are only on the planet once. Get the best out of it."
- There is enough means to feed the planet but two thirds of the world lives below the poverty line
- Roger Federer In an interview with the Sunday Times after his defeat by Marat Safin in the semi-final at the Australian Open in 2005:
"...the more success you have the easier it is to deal with defeat. I didn't think too much about it even the next day. I woke up, the sun was shining. Sure, my foot was hurting, but there was nothing to worry about. I hadn't been robbed or attacked. Everyone I cared for was fine. It was not a question of blocking out the defeat, I just accepted having to live with the fact and, really, that's not too difficult."
- "To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now."
- “I was always told by my Russian partners that I had to have a vodka, because it was like an anti-inflammatory so it made the muscles relax and calm.”
- A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
- "The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous."
- "If you had been at the Last Supper, you would have asked for ketchup."
- "My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop benevolence ... in a gentle way you can shake the world."
- "I often suffer from the opposite of loneliness, which is; where I am with a bunch of people and I wish I was on my own."
- ‘I would much rather someone say that is a George Ezra song than be famous’
- The Rough Guide to Rock has this quote from David Bowie:
"I once asked John Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said 'It's great, but it's just rock 'n' roll with lipstick on."
- "Everyone wants to understand art. Why don't people try to understand the song of a bird? Why do people love the night, the flowers and everything around us without insisting on understanding them? But when it comes to a picture, people think they must "understand" it. If only they would realise that an artist creates because he must create, that he himself is only an insignificant fragment of the world and that no more attention should be paid to him than to many other things in the world which delight us although we cannot explain them.
"When we love a woman, it does not occur to us to take her measurements first. We love with our desire."
- "He would have to stand on a tanner to see over a thruppenny-bit"