Thursday 13 May 1999
IT IS a more Europhile approach that wins the day on the latest adverts cajoling tourists to visit Cornwall. The EU funded the ad campaign, so it gets its little blue flag waved on all the promotional material. Eurosceptic Angela Browning (Con Tiverton and Honiton) contends this is not Euro largesse, but merely us reclaiming our own revenue. Whatever the funding arrangements, it is the symbolism that is the real choker: "That horrible blue flag! There's a Cornish flag that could have gone there instead," exclaimed Browning.
HO HUM. Out of 25 top tips from Company magazine for women to spice up their sex life, one certainly hits a high note. The magazine suggests that they make ready man's best friend by humming close to it. But beware: "Don't hum too hard - this will result in extremely unerotic noises."
SURPRISE SURPRISE. Comedian Sean Hughes's (pictured) favourite TV programme is Stars in Their Eyes. But the Irish jester, whose second novel, It's What He Would Have Wanted, is out in the autumn, doesn't aspire to ape any popular musician on the look-and-sound-alike show. At a recent party Sean confided to Pandora: "If I were to be anyone on the programme it would be Matthew Kelly."
SACHA NEWLEY, son of Joan Collins and the late Anthony Newley, was most revealing at his new exhibition, Nerves Upon A Screen, on Tuesday. Explaining his technique to Pandora, Sacha says: "It's done by electro-static tension, which I discovered while doing my abstract work in LA." However, later on during the party at the Proud Gallery, he came clean: "It's the same technique used by third-year infants making `butterfly' pictures with poster paint." Newley is planning to write a novel based on the diaries he kept as the Collins offspring. If stuck for a title the artist might consider "What I Did in My Summer Holidays".
TONY BENN was in predictable form at the launch of his video diaries on Tuesday evening. The veteran MP made pointed comments on the Scottish elections ("I'd prefer a Lab/Lab coalition") and on the Kosovo crisis ("They need fewer smart bombs and a few more smart leaders"), but he was upstaged by fellow lefty Bob Marshall-Andrews. Bob had thoughtfully brought along a street map of Belgrade, showing the Chinese embassy clearly marked. Ever-present Foreign Office man Denis MacShane felt duty-bound to commandeer the map for the Foreign Secretary: "I'm seeing Robin this evening," he declared. "I'll give him that." But this kind offer was declined by Marshall- Andrews, who made it clear he was reserving this pleasure for himself.
SMILE PLEASE - the Japanese recession could end sooner rather than later if only citizens would smile more. That's the thesis of Yoshihiko Kadokawa, who uses chopsticks to teach his fellow citizens to smile. Smiling is a no-no in Japan, where children are taught not to laugh in public so they don't upset wa, the sense of group harmony. Kadokawa, who charges pounds 625 to teach clients how to grin and bear it, contends his hypothesis isn't self-interested; he says he developed his "Let's Smile Operation" seminars after noticing that sales assistants in the store where he formerly worked moved more merchandise when they smiled.
Contact Pandora by e-mail: pandora@ independent. co.uk
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'