Friday, 29 July 2016

HateMail: Alastair Campbell

Re my post last week about gossip and the dreaded Daily Mail, I came across this video that Alastair Campbell made about his hatred of the dreaded newspaper publisher. Very entertaining.

HateMail | Alastair Campbell | #Hatemail #RipItUp from Silverfish Media on Vimeo.

And my tweet about it went slightly viral.... 

 Which lead to AC sarcastically asking for it to stop being so widely spread in order to "not" hurt Paul Dacre's feelings - the more he asked, the more it was viewed and enjoyed...

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Letters Live

Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world.

One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.

I remember reading about it last year – after the event – so it was too late to go. I immediately signed up to their newsletter and to my delight last week, they emailed to say they are doing it again in the Autumn – and newsletter readers could buy tickets in a presale, so I’ve nabbed four.

This is the most extraordinary sounding event. Time Out says “Clear your diaries” for it.

The likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Caitlin Moran, Tom Hiddleston, Stephen Fry, Jude Law and Sir Ben Kingsley deliver unique and extraordinary performances.

The last time I checked there were still tickets available so hurry and come – on for five nights only!

More details and tickets -

Monday, 25 July 2016

First Time in History

If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election, it will be the first time in history that two U.S. presidents have slept with each other.

If Donald Trump wins the U.S. Presidential election, it will be the first time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family.

Go figure.

Thursday, 21 July 2016


I remember seeing the photos of Jennifer Aniston a few weeks ago, where the tabloids were sparking rumours that she might be pregnant.

I have only just seen this article that she published via Huffington Post last week confirming that what the tabloids are saying is NOT true. I urge you to read it. She is not pregnant. But that's not the point. And its not all about her. This is one part of a much wider, ongoing discussion about the need for being less judgmental of women and the way females are seen through the lens of the tabloids.

And whilst starting off by saying that she doesn’t usually address the gossip, and she’s not officially on ANY social media platforms, she felt she needed to set the record straight.

I like this quote:

“We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever afters’ for ourselves. Maybe someday the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens

Speaking of the press, I was amused this week to read via the Daily Mail that apparently the Beckham family are reportedly moving back to LA from London. Just because furniture was seen being moved from their house. Reader: if you follow the showbiz news (I read SOME of it always with a large pinch of salt), you will know that they haven’t even been here that long and are doing a large amount of controversial work on their London home – so has it not occurred to anyone that they might just be leaving their rental home and moving into the one they own when they get back from their summer holidays ?

Of course, I might be entirely wrong but Jennifer Aniston refers to these types of vicious photographers outside her home and the same can be said here.

Anyone as famous as the Beckhams or Jennifer Aniston will have accepted a long time ago that they won't be able to go anywhere without being followed. I wouldn't swap my life for theirs any day.

In conclusion, click on the following sentence:

Should I read the Daily Mail?

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Ab Fab is..... Ab Fab !

I was so excited last week when Ab Fab: The Movie opened in cinemas around the UK– and I was even more ecstatic to be able to go and see it on the opening night (not at the actual premiere I hasten to add).

Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) are back and more disgraceful than ever before. Along with the rest of the original cast which includes an additional 65 celebrity cameo roles (I KNOW!), the plot takes the naughty pair to the South of France where they are on the run having accidentally “killed” Kate Moss – that is NOT a spoiler – its in the trailer !

I love these masks we got at the Clapham Picturehouse cinema where I went to see it:

Apparently the film has made £4 million in the first weekend – which is the second biggest this year after Skyfall. If you go to Liberty, just off Regent Street, you can see fantastic window displays of some outfits from the film:

It is my favourite film of the year so far and can’t wait to see it again.