Pippa's new job is hardly a happy accident
23:28 GMT, 17 December 2012
Close to the throne: Pippa's reported 370,000 contract with NBC is their way of ensuring authentic coverage of the Royals
Pippa Middleton’s reported offer of a
370,000 contract with US TV network NBC is in line with its creepy
habit of hiring individuals close to the throne, hoping they’ll lend an
aura of authenticity to royal coverage. They’ve employed the Duchess of
York and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer. Like them, Pippa wouldn’t have
to discuss the Royal Family directly. So, money for old rope.
The Queen will see a palace protg in action when she visits the Cabinet today. The David Cameron biography by James Hanning and Francis Elliott reveals that the person who interviewed the future PM in the 1980s for a job with the Conservatives received a timely call from an unnamed Buckingham Palace official who said: ‘I am ringing to tell you that you are about to meet a truly remarkable young man.’ And Dave got the job!
Often described as the world’s most ravishing woman, Angelina Jolie, 37, is said to be planning drastic plastic surgery before her oft-postponed wedding to Brad Pitt. Apparently she wants to remove her jowls, middle-age spread and frown lines on her forehead –treatments that will cost 28,000. Does she hope to recapture the toned, chiselled beauty she possessed playing ageless video game heroine Lara Croft, pictured, in the 2001 movie
Comics on BBC Radio 4’s quiz I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue are said to have been told to stop making double entendres jokes about Lionel Blair. The dancer doesn’t enjoy the constant teasing about his sexuality. Here’s a sample. The late presenter Humphrey Lyttelton mentioned the appearances of Lionel – who is married with a wife and three children – on TV charades show Give Us A Clue, remarking: ‘Who wouldn’t have been moved to watch the tears of frustration well up in Lionel’s eyes at being unable to finish off The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ It’s over my head, I’m afraid.
While President Barack Obama spoke in grieving Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were murdered, clownish Mike Huckabee, who sought the Republican nomination in the 2008 election, offered his analysis of the massacre.
Emotional: As a nation and their president grieve, clownish Mike Huckabee has given his analysis of the massacre
‘Now prayer is banned from schools, should we be surprised they’ve become a place of carnage’ Should we be surprised there’s carnage after political cynicism of this depth
As Tony Blair effortlessly piles up millions ‘advising’ wealthy foreigners, his serpentine ex-bag carrier, Peter Mandelson, pushes ahead with his own business, modestly named Global Counsel. It’s moving into new, 5,000 sq ft headquarters in Marylebone and is said to boast an annual turnover of 2million. Ex-politicians are such an inspiration.
Monocle-wearing broadcaster and astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, who died earlier this month aged 89, was described by the error-prone Guardian as an ‘astrologer’. Predictable!