Pembroke: Oh what a lovely evening
Friday 02 September 1994
Mr Durrans was still unimpressed yesterday: 'They were a right bunch of lefties.'
THERE ARE some nice twists in store next week when former book-selling rivals Tim Waterstone and Terry Maher, erstwhile head of Dillons, publish books. Dillons will cut the price of Mr Maher's Against My Better Judgement from pounds 15 to pounds 11, which is amusing given the dethroned Pentos chief's views on the Net Book Agreement. And the aspiring author has deigned to give just one promotional reading - in Waterstone's.
Mr Waterstone, whose debut novel Lilley and Chase is the first in a three-book deal, sounds as though he can hardly wait for the Maher book battle saga: 'I'm desperately hoping I've been libelled actually.'
'If he doesn't know what I've said about him now, he ought to,' Mr Maher counters.
TO PLANET Hollywood for the launch of 1035AM, the new London country music station. The place was awash with folk wearing stetsons and cowboy boots, quaffing the freely flowing Jack Daniels.
However, the big switch on was a big switch off, with station managing director John Wellington and country singer Garth Brooks engaging in a telephone link that tilted alarmingly close to Smashey and Nicey territory.
''How ya doin', Garth?' 'Just great thanks, John.' 'Now, Garth, would you like to declare the station officially open?' 'Oh man, it's my pleasure.' It was a short step to: 'I love country music, mate, don't you?' 'Not 'arf, great, great mate.' Tune in for more.
DETAILS of a 24-hour insurance hotline reach my desk from Royal Insurance. At 9.30 one evening the hotline received a call from a man who had arrived home to find his wife had left him, taking almost everything.
So what does the man do? He rings the insurance company to see if they can find someone to iron six shirts for him as he had to go on a business trip the next day. Is it any wonder his wife left him?
SCHRODER Ventures has drafted in a new man to help spend its pounds 150m war chest. Martin Dunnett hops over from Hill Samuel to become Schroders' first marketing director. 'A few years ago marketing in this industry used to consist of answering the phone quickly,' says partner Charles Sherwood. 'Things have changed.'
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Peaches Geldof cause of death: Socialite had taken fatal dose of heroin after years of addiction, inquest concludes
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
iJobs Money & Business
£18000 - £20000 per annum + OTE £25K: SThree: SThree Group has been well estab...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: This really is a fantastic chance to joi...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: CXL, Triple Po...
£60000 - £75000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: Business Anal...