Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newfoundland Fan Foiled for Third Time in Increasingly Costly Bid to See Adele

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newfoundland Fan Foiled for Third Time in Increasingly Costly Bid to See Adele

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Fan foiled three times in bid to see Adele

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A Newfoundland woman was banking on the third time being the charm in her seemingly cursed bid to see Adele.

Lori Shortall and two girlfriends jetted off to London, England, last Friday, thrilled by the prospect of finally getting to see Adele in concert as the British songstress wrapped up a tour that had been plagued by health issues.

But, when Shortall checked her email hours after settling into their hotel and just days before the scheduled concert, she was stunned to see one from the concert promoter announcing that the performance at Wembley Stadium had been cancelled.

For Shortall -- a 48-year-old music teacher from St. John's -- the news was a frustrating three-peat coming after she had bought tickets to Adele concerts in 2011 and in 2016 only to have them cancelled at the last minute.

"I could not believe it when I saw that email -- it didn't even enter my head that it would be cancelled!" she said from a shop in London, where she and her pals were wrapping up their vacation. "I was so disappointed I couldn't even tell the girls -- I couldn't even deal with it -- it was almost like it was a dream. So yeah, that's bad juju, bad karma!"

Soon after she heard that the London concert was being cancelled because of the singer's recurring vocal cord issues, Shortall took to social media to appeal to her for a private audience.

On her Facebook page, Shortall posted a photoshopped picture of her and Adele arm-in-arm, along with a direct appeal to the singer.

"I still haven't seen you in concert and I estimate I have forked out almost $10,000 now. Help a girl out!!!! All I want is five minutes of your time and a cup of tea!!!," Shortall said in her post.

Some people commenting on the site used lines from one of the singer's biggest hits, saying, "Hello, it's me. …

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