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So much for that girlpower, eh, Posh!
23:30 GMT, 14 December 2012
Segregation: While the other Spice Girls left their partners and babies at home, Posh turned up to the Viva Forever! launch with the entire family retinue
When the Spice Girls first burst on to the scene in 1996, their message was all about female empowerment and what friends could achieve together.
How sad, then, that this week’s launch of the new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! was marred by one unpleasant woman’s rank selfishness and contempt for her former bandmates.
While Mel B, Geri, Emma and Mel C all turned up wreathed in smiles over their good fortunes, Posh could hardly have made it clearer that she found the whole event beneath her.
The Spice Girl now known as Victoria Beckham arrived late for the photocall on the red carpet — presumably so as not to be obliged to share the limelight. And while the other Spice Girls left their partners and babies at home, Posh had to turn up with the entire family retinue (minus baby Harper) to ensure that Brand Beckham was beamed across the world.
It was a clear message: forget the sisterhood, I’m the real star.
Sure enough, while the other girls behaved like any old friends who have shared many years together, Victoria pouted and stood to one side, refusing even to take to the floor with them in case it made her look uncool.
Oh for the days when Posh was that dippy girl who entertained the world with her orange cannonball breasts and her ludicrously over the top Hello photospreads with David.
Remember those jewelled wedding thrones At least she didn’t take herself too seriously back then. Now, her years among America’s A-List have turned her into a surly, humourless sourpuss who’s clearly embarrassed by her pop past.
I’m sure it’s all terribly exciting to be best buddies with Tom Cruise and flog a few frocks to J-Lo, but would it have hurt Posh to have remained a friend to the four girls who helped catapult her into the limelight in the first place To have smiled for the cameras at their reunion
After all, she was always the weakest link in the group. She couldn’t sing and couldn’t dance yet still profited from the talent of her Spice Girls bandmates.
One thing’s for sure: such a haughty attitude will not endear her to the British public if she does decide to come and settle here again, now that David’s left his LA football team.
The whole plot of Viva is based on the importance of not putting fame above friendship. I fear the irony is lost on Her Poshness.
At least he’d be locked up
Housemate: Justin Lee Collins has now signed up for Celebrity Big Brother
Weeks ago, comedian Justin Lee Collins was convicted of subjecting his former girlfriend, Anna Larke, to a vicious campaign of harassment and abuse.
Collins has now signed up for Celebrity Big Brother and Anna’s family are campaigning to get him dropped.
Surely spending weeks in confinement with some of the lowest forms of human life and forced to perform degrading tasks is a far worse punishment than the 140 hours’ unpaid work he was sentenced to.
A report commissioned by the BBC says it should be bolder and more creative in its depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people on TV, especially in children’s programming. How long before we’re treated to the Transgender Teletubbies . . . or Noddy and Big Ears Come Out Of The Closet
Former Hollyoaks actor Simon Morris claims he suffers from ‘sexsomnia’, a condition which causes you to have sex in your sleep. I thought it was called marriage.
A bit rich for Blair to be Peace Envoy
Tony Blair repeatedly lied to Parliament over this country’s involvement in handing over terror suspects to regimes that tortured them.
Now Libyan dissident Sami al Saadi has been paid 2.23 million by Britain in compensation — some say hush money — after he, his wife and four young children were handcuffed, hooded and their legs bound with wire before they were delivered to Colonel Gaddafi, shortly after Blair’s ‘deal in the desert’ over oil with the dictator.
As a result, Mr al Saadi spent six years in prison being tortured.
Meanwhile, under the guise of being Peace Envoy to the Middle East, Blair has amassed himself an estimated 80 million fortune.
Blair once said he felt the hand of history on his shoulder. What a pity he hasn’t felt the hand of the law.
Line-free: There has been much debate over whether Simon Cowell has had some work done on his face
Much debate over whether Simon Cowell has had some work done on his face as he appears smooth-skinned and line-free at 53. What commentators fail to mention is his six chins. The man’s not had fillers, he’s just fat.
Desperate to prove she’s not just an opportunistic royal hanger-on and has a razor-sharp wit, Pippa Middleton jests in the upmarket Spectator magazine that she might call her next book Bottoms Up. For her sake, I hope it isn’t supposed to be a joke book.
With friends like Vaz…
Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who hanged herself after the hoax call to Kate’s hospital, left three notes, one of them criticising fellow staff members. Her widower, Ben Barboza, is now demanding a full inquiry into the hospital’s behaviour.
His anger and distress are understandable. Ultimately, perhaps no one will ever know what drove the married mother-of-two to her death.
But having the loathsome, publicity-seeking Keith Vaz representing the family, there’s a danger of turning a private tragedy into a public circus.
Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca, spoke movingly of the pain of watching the 94-year-old’s ‘spirit and sparkle slowly fading’.
The great man is in hospital fighting a recurring lung infection, surrounded and comforted by his family as he is given 24-hour care by dedicated doctors and nurses.
If he were in the UK, what’s the betting he’d be on the Liverpool Pathway, shunted into a side bed, denied drugs for pain and left to die alone
Not guilty: Reg Traviss, pictured arriving at Southwark Crown Court, has been cleared of rape
The former boyfriend of Amy Winehouse has walked free from court after being charged with two counts of rape. His alleged victim claimed that she’d woken up to find Reg Traviss having sex with her and told him to stop, which he did, then went back to sleep, only to be woken by him having sex with her again. What kind of woman would remain in such a man’s bed
With ludicrous stories like this, is it any wonder rape conviction rates are so low
Fed up with the poor quality of festive lunches in London’s top hotels, Terry Wogan recalls a meal at the Grosvenor House hotel that featured ‘an indefinable lump of rolled white meat, sprouts like bullets and soggy potatoes’.
The lunch in question was a charity event for the Lord’s Taverners, the leading youth and disability charity that has given 30million to children in the last decade.
Surely Wogan knows these events cut the cost of the meals for well-fed, wealthy celebrities so they can put hope on the menu for disadvantaged children.
Westminster NoticeboardDavid Cameron told Pat Finucane’s family he was ‘deeply sorry’ after a report found there was significant doubt the lawyer would have been killed without state involvement. Odd that our PM spends so much time being sorry for things he’s not responsible for and never says sorry for disasters like the economy, for which he is to blame.Still refusing to disclose his own drug-taking past, nitwit Nick Clegg wants to reopen the debate on legalising marijuana. Well, they do say wacky baccy addles an immature brain.Lord McAlpine is suing Sally Bercow for 50,000 after she falsely linked him to allegations of child abuse on Twitter. 'I tweet as me, forgetting that to some of u I am Mrs Bloody Speaker,’ she told her followers. Yes, and with costly litigation that might reach the High Court, one wonders how long Mr Bloody Speaker’s 140,000 salary will be able to protect his idiotic wife from the legal minefield she’s blundered into.Nadine Dorries claims her appearance on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! was a ‘total success’ and that it as for the greater good of the Conservative Party. Brian Conley was clearly not the only celebrity who lost his marbles in the jungle.Asked why she suddenly stopped claiming more than 90,000 on a ‘second home’ in Wimbledon where her parents lived, Cabinet Minister Maria Miller replied: ‘Because I think there was a lot of concern about the rules and, er, a lot of concern about, you know, the whole issue, and it’s something I felt that I didn’t want to be, sort of, mixed up in, the fact that I . . . erm . . .’ Sounds like the Culture Secretary has been taking public speaking lessons from Vicky Pollard.