Pandora

JANN WENNER, publisher of Rolling Stone, recently threw a party with his boyfriend Matt Nye for Jane Wenner - the wife Jann left for Matt. Pandorable!

u

EAGLE EYES are watching Harrow West. This superficially unremarkable constituency was held by a Tory businessman, Robert Hughes, until May 1997, when voters preferred New Labour's candidate, Gareth Thomas. Hughes recently announced he'll not re-contest the seat, which Thomas currently holds with a majority of just 1,240, (required swing: 1.15 per cent). Hughes's nolo contendere opens a place for a fresh Tory face. Fact: Spanish Fly Guy Michael Portillo was raised in nearby Stanmore - and attended school in Harrow. Thomas's response on the prospect of going mano a mano with Spanish Fly? "Bring him on." Game boy!

u

HEAVIEST INVITATION of the week is the stiffie for the opening of the Putney Bridge bar in London: it weighs in at a monstrous 40 grams.

u

MAXIMILLION COOPER, male model and principal of Gumball 3000, is relieved that most of the rally's contestants had returned to London safe and well (last time we looked) after their gruelling five-day Euro ordeal. At the wacky racers' welcome home party at London's Met Bar this week, everyone was talking about the Monaco check point. Many madcap socialites missed it because they were in such a rush to catch the bus which left Rimini at 9:30am, taking those lucky enough to be on board for a spin around the San Marino Grand Prix circuit. Ooooops - Cooper misplaced the passes securing entry to the race circuit. Two "nasty-looking" Euros driving a high-performance sportscar, angry at missing their Fahrvergnugen around the San Marino track, demanded a refund of their pounds 4,000 rally entrance fee. Cooper deferred settlement. The Eurotrash, one of whom is said to be a champion kickboxer, then threatened to break his legs. Cooper hung tough. The now incandescent duo then approached Beverly Hills 90210's Jason Priestley (pictured below), who's in a pounds 250,000 Italian ride, and asked to take it for a spin. And vanished with it. When located more than three hours later, Kickboxer refused to return the Ferrari's keys to Priestley until Cooper put cash in their hands. Oh, and the other hot topic around the chequered flag - why did the Playboy models leave the rally?

u

RICHARD BUTLER, the feisty Australian weapons inspector, wanted to step down from his UN role. But it's rumoured that he is being pressured to stay on after Iraq so he can continue his work (sangfroid please, everyone)... in China.

u

ENQUIRING MINDS are pondering this: once an individual is mathematically adept he or she is numerate. The linguistically competent are deemed literate - so what do we call those (for example, designers) who are visually sussed?

u

CHRIS SMITH told an alleged joke at the Terrence Higgins bash at Sound Republic the other day. "Last time I made a speech the person who introduced me was a bit nervous, and they described me as the Secretary of Straight for Culture, Media and Sport," Smith said. "But I'm the last person you could call that." It bought the pink-tinged house down. But don't give up the day job, Chris...

u

BIZARRE BOOKS that have been published recently: The Romance of Leprosy and Hand Grenade Throwing as a College Sport. Don't all rush at once...

u

FIRE SALE - would some public-spirited citizens clear this linguistic trash from Pandora's doorstep? Radio 5's "Another day at the office", footballers doing something "just for fun". And would anyone using either the Californian psychobabble "achieving closure" or that well-knackered old yarbles "chattering classes" please cease and desist immediately?

Contact Pandora by e-mail: pandora@ independent. co.uk

Arts and Entertainment
Britain's Got Talent judges: Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams

TV
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Matthew Healy of The 1975 performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset

music
Arts and Entertainment
booksThe Withnail and I creator, has a new theory about killer's identity
Arts and Entertainment
tvDick Clement and Ian La Frenais are back for the first time in a decade
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Emilia Clarke could have been Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey but passed it up because of the nude scenes

film
Arts and Entertainment
A$AP Rocky and Rita Ora pictured together in 2012

music
Arts and Entertainment
A case for Mulder and Scully? David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in ‘The X-Files’

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Impressions of the Creative Community Courtyard within d3. The development is designed to 'inspire emerging designers and artists, and attract visitors'

architecture
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010

GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival

Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride

Arts and Entertainment
Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan

FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

Arts and Entertainment
Måns Zelmerlöw performing

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Norton was back in the commentating seat for Eurovision 2015

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May on stage

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The light stuff: Britt Robertson and George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland: a World Beyond’
film review
Arts and Entertainment
Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
tv reviewNot quite, but it's an enlightening finale for Don Draper spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

Radio
Arts and Entertainment

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
'Youth' cast members Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Caine pose for photographers at Cannes Film Festival
film
Arts and Entertainment
Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

Comics
Arts and Entertainment
I am flute: Azeem Ward and his now-famous instrument
music
Arts and Entertainment
A glass act: Dr Chris van Tulleken (left) and twin Xand get set for their drinking challenge
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
MIA perform at Lovebox 2014 in London Fields, Hackney

music
Arts and Entertainment
Finnish punk band PKN hope to enter Eurovision 2015 and raise awareness for Down's Syndrome

eurovision
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

    On your feet!

    Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
    Liverpool close in on Milner signing

    Liverpool close in on Milner signing

    Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
    With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

    The big NHS question

    Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
    Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

    Thongs ain't what they used to be

    Big knickers are back
    Thurston Moore interview

    Thurston Moore interview

    On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
    In full bloom

    In full bloom

    Floral print womenswear
    From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

    From leading man to Elephant Man

    Bradley Cooper is terrific
    In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

    In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

    Dame Colette Bowe - interview
    When do the creative juices dry up?

    When do the creative juices dry up?

    David Lodge thinks he knows
    The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

    Fashion's Cher moment

    Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
    Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

    Health fears over school cancer jab

    Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
    Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

    'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
    Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

    Weather warning

    Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
    LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

    High hopes for LSD

    Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
    German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

    Saving Private Brandt

    A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral