ART SALE: Huge urban art sale continues. New prints listed every Thursday evening from 8pm. Inc Eine, Banksy, Crosshair, Obey, TRXTR, K-Guy, Pam Glew, Rebel 8.
“I find people who are in the public eye for something else who suddenly start voicing opinions about everything else quite irritating” – Steve Coogan
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* Sex degrees of separation
* Bacon’s crass word protection
* Charts: will.i.am & Cody are no 1
>> Berry silly <<
Much to the delight of the nation’s eardrums, it seems Julie Burchill may have done herself out of a 300,000 quid gig on Celebrity Big Brother for discussing her deal publicly.
She should have taken a leaf out of Dave Berry’s book. Dave was bragging on his radio show this week about how he turned down the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. Which was news to the producers, as they’d never invited him to take part.
Q/ What’s the difference between the Brazil football team and Oscar Pistorius?
A/ Pistorius has a better defence and more shots on target.
>> Streaky bacon <<
Richard’s crass word protection
Production assistants on Richard Bacon’s Radio 5 Live show used to have to take control of Richard’s Twitter feed during broadcasts, so Richard could stay engaged with social media, but wouldn’t get so distracted that he’d lose focus on presenting.
His Twitter password (since changed) was ‘breasts’.
Chris Patten has taken on a new job. He’s going to be advising Pope Francis on his Twitter strategy.
>> Big Questions <<
Who wants to know what?
At the recent Baftas, which of the winners refused to eat with fellow actors, asked to be in separate hotel and – when asked to share a people carrier – said “Not goin’ with them cunts”?
How lucky was it for the papers that on the very weekend the headlines should have been about reporters going to jail a story helpfully linking politicians to paedos emerged? A brand new 30 year-old story, no less.
@stevebrookstein: “10 years ago I won X Factor. 9 years ago Max Clifford said “talk to the press and we’ll bury you.” – He’s in prison and I’m writing a book.”
>> Kill or Cure? <<
How not to stage a gig
Jimmy Carry is by no means the first person to run into trouble putting on a gig in Dubai. In the mid-nineties there were attempts to stage a Cure concert in the Emirate. All was going well – tickets selling briskly, venue booked – until the Ministry of Culture asked to hear some of the band’s songs.
‘Killing an Arab’ was the first song on the CD unthinkingly sent from London by the record label. The concert cancelled.
FYI: Russell Brand intended to kick off his Messiah Complex world tour in Abu Dhabi last year. As soon as the authorities got wind of what he would be discussing, plug pulled.
Quiz – The best thing (probably) in London next Tuesday – 15th July – is the Popbitch Summer Quiz.7pm at Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen Hosted by Tom Webb with Will Barrett’s live accordion pop songs. Great prizes, very silly quiz rounds. Email email@example.com to reserve a table.
>> Frisky Business <<
Sex Degrees of Separation
It’s been a while since we’ve been able to connect up a good shag circle, but what with the gossip surrounding Helen Wood and rumours from the hacking trial we think we’ve finally got another.
Wayne Rooney shagged Helen Wood
…who was ‘linked with’ John Whittingdale
…who was ‘close to’ Rebekah Brooks
…who shagged Andy Coulson
…who was editing News Of The World
…which royally shagged Wayne Rooney
FYI: There is still a superinjunction from Twenty Twelve in place which prevents us from telling you something else about Helen Wood.
Ian McKellen is filming a new Sherlock Holmes film in Winchelsea, in (or very close to) the house where Rod Hull fell off the roof and died.
>> Flip-flopped <<
Brazil can’t catch a break
Spare a thought for Brazil’s mighty Havaianas. To celebrate the World Cup, they created a range of flip-flops to celebrate each of the competing countries.
They have ended up with billions of unsold Spain, Italy and England pairs. So many that they can’t even give them all away.
Havaianas were invented by a Scotsman.
>> Not OK! <<
Media Guardian have been investigating George Clooney’s claim that the Daily Mail published a fabricated article inventing a pregnancy for his fiancee – and were right to point out that it was OK! and not the Mail doing it.
They used this to hammer home the point “too little has been learned since the Leveson Inquiry”.
Which is probably true. However this is clearly the American version of OK! rather than anything produced in Britain, and therefore not a lot to do with the Leveson Inquiry.
RIP the East German pastor who started the peace vigils that eventually led to the Berlin Wall coming down: Christian Führer
>> Spa treatment <<
TV show best left unseen
ITV are airing a documentary about the luxury spa Champneys tonight. It got postponed by a day because of last night’s World Cup semi, but ITV may soon find it would have been better to have left it on ice indefinitely – or at least until someone’s done a bit of research on the featured owner, Stephen Purdew.
Business interests with Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, News of the World executive Neil Wallis did PR, free stays for top plod and politicos (Met Police Chief Sir Paul Stephenson had to resign after one freebie). And, of course, Purdew was close friends with Jimmy Savile (connected with that Savile/Bruno/Sutcliffe photo). Just the kind of bloke that Savile-exposing ITV should be giving a primetime slot to, eh?
At Arcade Fire in Hyde Park: Keith Allen, Billie Piper, Natalie Imbruglia and – the only one who appeared to actually be a fan – Tamsin Grieg
>> Boomtown prats <<
Geldof: still making friends
The Boomtown Rats have announced they’re going on tour again but fans who are hoping they’ll be returning to their ‘punk’ roots will be disappointed. Last year’s tour support was arranged as a buy-on, meaning that the highest bidder got to support for the tour. Presumably this year’s will be the same.
And the cost of a post-gig meet and greet with Saint Geldof himself? 175GBP.
To put that figure into context: East 17 are charging a tenner for an upcoming meet and greet with champagne reception.
>> Hmms <<
Chegwin, Batman, Nadal
Claire Sweeney’s nan’s house is for sale:
Game of Rhones?
Celebrities with bad wikipedia photos:
Someone is Photoshopping the face of First Capital Connect’s CEO every time their train is late:
Death Metal Batman:
Capybaras that look like Rafael Nadal:
Gloriously batshit conspiracy doc about Savile being a trans-dimensional sorcerer:
Want Keith Chegwin’s custom Aston Martin?