Archive for October, 2009

Angola, France & Princess Diana

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Buried in the corners of newspaper ‘world news’ sections, a curious article about illicit arms trading probably went largely unnoticed by most people…unless you happen to be French.

A 468-page prosecution dossier “read like something from an Ian Fleming plot” (Daily Telegraph, London), detailing murky arms dealings with an ex-minister and a president’s son, facilitating   (more…)

VIDEO: From Britney to Jackson

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

THE FOX NEWS SEGMENT ON THE ‘THIS IS IT’ MOVIE. OR, AS MY FRIENDS HAVE SAID, THE ‘IS THAT IT?’ INTERVIEW…

The Internet’s mightier than the pen…

Friday, October 16th, 2009

In the golden days of newspapers, when the word ‘columnist’ was bestowed only upon the worthy and brilliant (and not viewed as a natural ascension for opinionated feature writers) acerbic, controversial and provocative views would generate post-bags of mail.

Indignant senders never knew if their missives were read let alone heard, and it was probably best they never knew that the intended recipients were untouched by (more…)

Stephen Gately

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

It is not often in the oily, bullshit-covered halls of show-business that one comes across much sincerity and authenticity. Such real people form a minority group in fame’s society.

Stephen Gately was one such rare gem; a true light, a true joy and a true pleasure to spend time with. I’d met him (more…)

An American love-affair

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Dear Jane** (& Britain),

This is a tough one to write. Don’t think me a coward for doing this by letter and from 5,000 miles away. I just couldn’t do the face-to-face drama thing. Or Twitter. I mean, how do you break-up with someone in 140 characters or less? So I feel this civilised approach settles somewhere between the two.  

The fact that tears are not rolling down my face right now tells me all I need to know – this is the right thing to do. Thirty-seven years (more…)

Obama’s Noble Peace Prize

Friday, October 9th, 2009

So President Obama has become the first person to win the Nobel Peace Prize for rhetoric, hope and good intentions. This day in October 2009 is indeed momentous because the world’s top accolade has seemingly been awarded on grounds of unanimous optimism.

Such is the desperate hope that Obama will herald change and heal the world that even the peace prize committee is viewing his presidency (more…)

Therapy? You’ll need an alias first…

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I remember first broaching the subject with the publisher: “I’d like to retain a therapist, to assist my understanding of Britney.”

It was clear from the hesitant response that my editor thought I’d already spent way too much time in LA (and I hadn’t even admitted (more…)

For old time’s sake…

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

During the PR wheeler-and-dealing over the Britney book, it became a dilemma as to where to place the first exclusive interview – Today show or Access Hollywood.

As emails went back and forth between producers and PR, it emerged that my old boss Piers Morgan had landed the stand-in presenter’s job (more…)

WATCH ‘Good Day LA’ interview

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE’S THE INTERVIEW WITH ‘GOOD DAY LA’ ON FOX, AIRED OCTOBER 1st 2009:

Read Vanity Fair post: Britney & Diana

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

As a journalist, I used to aspire/dream of one day having a by-line in Vanity Fair.

This wasn’t a desperate Toby Young-esque dream. But it stirred within  nevertheless; a ‘one-of-these-days’ yearning. Today,  that ‘one day’ became a reality. I doubt Graydon Carter is aware but my ego certainly is. And I guess I’ve got Britney Spears and Princess Diana – and regular contributor and ‘fixer’ Nell Scovell to thank. One more box ticked. Here’s the link to the piece on the Britney and Diana connection, published Oct 1st 2009: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/culture/2009/10/01/britney-vs-diana.html

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