Pandora

THE BEST take on BBC1's new costume drama Aristocrats? "Period Pain."

u

THE DRESS worn by Diana, Princess of Wales when she married the heir in 1981 is to be sold. Diana, it seems, never paid for the couture creation, designed and made by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. When the design duo split, the loaned frock remained the property of Elizabeth's company, which went into receivership three years ago. A lead creditor is now pressuring Emmanuel's liquidators to sell the dress, perceived as the bust business' biggest asset. Their plan? Cut it up and flog it in an on-line auction to bring in $$ bidders. But who is the creditor pressurising the liquidators and driving the action?

u

GIVEN THAT Prince Edward's new title includes being Viscount of Severn, and that the river is currently crossed by two bridges, does this mean visitors enjoying the couple's hospitality will have been to Two Bridges Place?

u

ANNABEL CROFT and Ilie Nastase were among a dozen Wimbledon champions paying homage at the Mulberry Midsummer Ball, held at the Hurlingham Club during the weekend. The object of their adulation? Roy Emerson, silver- haired winner of (count 'em) 28 Grand Slam titles. "They called us `the living legends', Rosewall, Laver, Pancho Gonzalez and me..." Emerson told a celebrity-rich crowd that included Angus Deayton, Sharron Davies and Tania Bryer, "...but after they'd seen us play they dropped the legend". Croft and Nastase led the other title-winners in falling to their knees to perform a simultaneous Wayne's World style "We are not worthy," salaam. Oh, and Wimbledon players currently face a new hazard in their preparation - flying ants.

u

DAVID HOCKNEY chatted with Alan Bennett at Thames & Hudson's 50th birthday bash at the National Gallery the other day - Hockney's over from LAX because his mother has just died, and the art star is dealing with the estate.

u

RAIN FORESTS? Way too wet. Why doesn't anyone campaign to save the dry ones?

u

LUCKY LENNY Beige, the comic who puts the ease in cheese, will be the sole male in the room at Teatro on 5 July with more than 50 of the liveliest fillies on these shores. Why? Lesley Ash (pictured) is passing him the compere's baton for the Chicks for Charity dinner. Teatro owner Lee Chapman says of the periodic fundraiser: "The girls get very happy and noisy." Once it was ladies who lunch - now it's dames who dine.

u

THE CURRENT GQ (US edition) features "the 75 funniest jokes of all time". Most are unprintable (taste and space) but here's one: a skeleton walks into a bar and says "Give me a beer and a mop."

u

CITY SHENANIGANS last week produced this encounter between a protester and a woman in a Jesus Army coat. Protester: "Can I have your jacket?" Jesus Army woman: "No, because you wouldn't wear it with pride." Protester: "Yes, but I would wear it to Pride." Many of the Poshopolis boys and girls were amused. "If we can dress down, we're thumbs up for an invasion every Friday," one Lloyd's type said. "The only downside is seeing a couple of senior managers in combat fatigues and chunky Claires (Claire Rayner = trainers)."

u

SIXTY-THREE per cent of Brit kids have a TV in their bedroom, according to the new Prospect.

u

BILL CLINTON's new gag: he and Al Gore are hunting when a busty beauty appears from the woods in a micro-skirt. Clinton propositions her, and when she says "OK, I'm game," Gore shoots her.

Bad date? Bad cheque? Good Joke? Get the word out Contact Pandora by e-mail: pandora@ indep endent. co.uk

Arts and Entertainment

Theatre

Arts and Entertainment
V&A museum in London

Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'

Arts and Entertainment
Over their 20 years, the band has built a community of dedicated followers the world over
music
Arts and Entertainment
The Wu-Tang Clan will sell only one copy of their album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
musicWu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own only copies of their latest albums
Arts and Entertainment
Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson on stage

film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Reese Witherspoon starring in 'Wild'

It's hard not to warm to Reese Witherspoon's heroismfilm
Arts and Entertainment
Word up: Robbie Coltrane as dictionary guru Doctor Johnson in the classic sitcom Blackadder the Third
books

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
The Oscar nominations are due to be announced today

Oscars 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Hacked off: Maisie Williams in ‘Cyberbully’

Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challenge

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game are both nominated at the Bafta Film Awards
Arts and Entertainment

Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated

Arts and Entertainment
Damian Lewis shooting a scene as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall
TV

Arts and Entertainment
A history of violence: ‘Angry, White and Proud’ looked at the rise of far-right groups

tv

An expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle

Arts and Entertainment

art

Lee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist

Arts and Entertainment

TV

Arts and Entertainment
Michael Keaton in the 1998 Beetlejuice original

film

Arts and Entertainment

TV

Arts and Entertainment
Olivia Colman and David Tennant star in 'Broadchurch'

TV

Arts and Entertainment
Michael Kitchen plays Christopher Foyle in ITV's 'Foyle's War'

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt will be starring in Dominic Savage's new BBC drama The Secrets

Arts and Entertainment
Vividly drawn: Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr Turner’
film
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
News
art

‘Remember the attackers are a cold-blooded, crazy minority’, says Blek le Rat

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.

    Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

    Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

    One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
    The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

    The enemy within

    People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
    Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

    Autumn/winter menswear 2015

    The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    Army general planning to come out
    Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    What the six wise men told Tony Blair

    Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
    25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

    25 years of The Independent on Sunday

    The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
    Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

    Smash hit go under the hammer

    It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
    Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

    The geeks who rocked the world

    A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
    Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

    Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

    Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
    Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

    Growing mussels

    Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project