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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Tuesday's Connector of the Day – Julie Andrews

December 14th, 2009
04:56 PM ET

She's an academy award winning actress and singer – Dame Julie Andrews is the archetypal musical theatre star, known for her role as the singing nun in “The Sound of Music” (1965). Still popular today, this was one of the biggest box office successes of all time and the highest grossing movie of its day.

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Starting out on the vaudeville stage, Andrews was discovered as a child to have an incredibly rare range: able to sing four-octaves.

While she played the original Eliza Dolittle in the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady", Audrey Hepburn played the part in the movie My Fair Lady (1964). The studio executives did not want Andrews because she hadn't had any experience in film and thought Hepburn would be the better choice.

Meanwhile – that same year – Andrews accepted the role of Mary Poppins in the Disney film alongside Dick Van Dyk – for which she scooped a best actress academy award.

Sadly, an operation on her vocal chords left her voice badly damaged in 1998.

No longer able to take singing roles, Andrews went on to star in the Princess Diaries and Shrek, proving that even without her singing ability – she is one of the most loved actresses of her generation.

While co-authoring children's book 'Simeon's Gift' with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, Andrews has worked hard to recover her famous voice, and will return to the stage after 30 years absence with a comeback musical performance in May 2010.

The 74-year-old Oscar winner and five other performers will wend their way through some of the greatest musical theatre songs of the last 50 years, many of which Andrews made famous.

If you have any questions for Dame Julie Andrews – send them to her here and we’ll put a selection of them to her on Tuesday’s show.

Funding football's future

December 14th, 2009
01:53 PM ET

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The top clubs in English football clubs have always attracted investment and in recent years the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been bought by wealthy foreign investors.

But what happens if your club isn't big enough to attract the attention of a overseas benefactor with money to burn?

The answer, in Sheffield United’s view, is to turn the whole system on its head.

Rather than wait for foreign money to come in, the Coca Cola Championship side are investing in other football clubs around the world. United has already bought clubs in China and Hungary and are looking at snapping up clubs in the U.S. and the Middle East.

The idea is to increase business opportunities for the club’s sponsors as well as promote the club’s brand abroad. Investments made now will, the club’s director’s hope, reap sustainable benefits in the future providing dependable revenue streams.

Would you like to see your club follow the example of Sheffield United? Would you be happy for your football team to own others? Or would supporting a club which owns several others make you feel more of a shareholder rather than a fan?

Has the team from a city known for its steel struck gold with what they say is a unique business model? 

Football fans, we want to hear your views on how you think your club should be funded. Post your comments below.

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