Pandora

MAURIZIO CATTELAN'S controversial sculpture of a horse, currently suspended from the Tate Gallery's ceiling, elicited a snappy response from the Royal Veterinary College. It's running an animal welfare appeal, Equine 2000. So the organisation fired off a feisty news "clarification" this week, naming its Florentine counterpart as Cattelan's horsemeat supplier. We Brits, capisci, don't raise funds for sick horses by flogging dead ones.

KIRSTIE ALLEY, the Cheers star, lives a little on the large side. Check this extract from court papers filed as part of Alley's divorce proceedings. "At Hallowe'en parties... we hired a 150-piece marching band and six cavalrymen on horseback shooting blanks from guns to commence the festivities. The parties would last six hours and in the past have included petting zoos, camels and ponies." Hmmmmmmm...

do Scientologists celebrate Christmas?

GREEN GLITTERATI planning to attend the organic picnic on 25 July (sponsored by Greenpeace and other PC groups) may be surprised by one early acceptor - Jeffrey Archer.

BIANCA JAGGER, socialite and chick for charity, attended a smart Manhattan binge thrown by Montblanc. The pen people opened their new boutique there with an installation by the shock artist Tom Sachs. It features scenes of lesbian bondage and auto-eroticism.

"It's not disgusting, darling," La Bianca reassured a fellow champagne- sipper. "It's art." Doesn't this remind you of that Bill Maher gag? "I'll tell you how I feel about porn channels. They don't educate us, they don't enlighten us, they don't come in clearly enough where I live."

WINNER OF Pandora's spacious, gracious and lavishly appointed Saucer of Milk this lap is Charles Elton, the Poshopolis literary agent. Describing the oddities of growing up at Clevedon Court, in north Somerset, he tells August's Conde Nast Traveller: "In 1960 the National Trust undertook to renovate the house. When we came back after two years, it was like moving into a Barratt stately home." Miaow!

STAR WARS hype is now hitting warp speed. So the precis of the day saves you precious seconds by summarising every George Lucas interview past and present, everywhere. Lucas believes that the Hollywood studio system is deeply flawed. And that digital film-making is the future. His films "are just telling stories"; he finds family life with his adopted children "fulfilling". Oh, and by the way - did you know he has made a new film..?

KERRY PACKER pulled a show called Naughtiest Home Videos off Australia's Nine network - in mid-episode - because he found that it was offensive. And that was back in 1992. We can only speculate on what's happened since to make the tycoon's latest media morsel so much more... relaxed. Yes, Packer's got a brand-new rag. Called Dingo. The mad dog mag centre-spreads a young femme who seems to have forgotten to get dressed that morning. In what may be a trend (see Readers Indigestion, Pandora, 13 July) the absent- minded model is pictured alongside a mangy bush mutt. Dingo also has a sensationally rude competition about Cameron Diaz (pictured) and Cindy Crawford, but the kicker is this invitation to readers: "We'd like you to think of us as the kind of people you'd invite round for a convivial glass of chardonnay and a few lines of blow..." Hey, last one over Kerry's electric fence is a sissy ratbag.

u

VENUS ENVY? Jerry Hall got pounds 10m. Adua Pavarotti, the tenor's wife, is holding out for pounds 50m. Their lawyers must be singing off different song sheets...

u

FRINGE BENEFITS? Is it to discourage office romances, or perhaps it's a way of keeping payroll costs on budget? Pertemps, a Midlands staff agency, has a fresh twist on perks. It offers single employees free membership of a local dating agency. Thirty people have signed up. Let's see how many match up.

u

Q: "WHY DO Australians go up at the end of their sentences?" A: "Because their ancestors went down at the beginning of theirs."

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

Arts and Entertainment
War veteran and father of Peter and Laust Thoger Jensen played by Lars Mikkelson

TVBBC hopes latest Danish import will spell success

Arts and Entertainment
Carey Mulligan in Far From The Madding Crowd
FilmCarey Mulligan’s Bathsheba would fit in better in The Hunger Games
Arts and Entertainment
Pandas-on-heat: Mary Ramsden's contribution is intended to evoke the compound the beasts smear around their habitat
Iart'm Here But You've Gone exhibition has invited artists to produce perfumes
Arts and Entertainment
U2's Songs of Innocence album sleeve

tvU2’s latest record has been accused of promoting sex between men

Arts and Entertainment
Alison Steadman in Inside No.9
tvReview: Alison Steadman stars in Inside No.9's brilliant series finale Spoiler alert
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
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.

    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

    Everyone is talking about The Trews

    Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living
    Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

    Homeless people keep mobile phones

    A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
    'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

    'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

    British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
    Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

    Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

    Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
    14 best kids' hoodies

    14 best kids' hoodies

    Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

    The acceptable face of the Emirates

    Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk