The Feral Beast
Sunday 13 July 2008
Terminal prognosis for 'Times' doctor in residence
So farewell to veteran 'Times' doctor columnist Thomas Stuttaford. After 27 years, he has been given his marching orders by excitable new editor James Harding. Dr Tom, 77, first got wind his days were numbered prior to the recent relaunch of the T2 section, when several hacks got a letter informing them they did not fit in with the editor's vision for the paper. But after Stutters instructed his lawyers to respond, he was reassured that he would be kept indefinitely. A third letter arrived 36 hours later saying that, after a review, he was indeed going. "It was a shambles," he tells me. Stuttaford's last column will appear on 31 December, but I gather there has been interest from other publications.
Thighs, ties and goodbyes
Over at the 'Evening Standard', it's adieu to Harry Phibbs, who left the Londoner's Diary last week after 20 years' service. At a lunch at Maggie Jones's, the Kensington restaurant said to have been a favourite of Princess Margaret, friends recalled the highlights of Phibbs' career, including the £20,000 libel damages he won from the 'Mirror' for its misrepresenting of his political views, and the time he quoted Lord Lamont, saying, "I've always admired Richard Whiteley's thighs." Lamont had said ties.
The 'Daily Mail' was among the first to send a reporter to Clermont-Ferrand, home of the two students brutally murdered in London. But Sam Greenhill has been amusing the local press. 'La Montagne' notes wryly that Greenhill "speaks not one word of French". It also wonders why he reached Clermont "via Nice". Oddly, the 'Mail' has several stringers in France, not least one who speaks fluent French in nearby Provence.
TV review called out
For most, the men's final at Wimbledon last Sunday was a highlight of sporting history. But for the 'Metro', it was the cause of great embarrassment. Monday's edition carried a TV review of 'George Gently', a new drama scheduled to have run at 8pm on BBC1 the night before. But as 13 million viewers know, it never appeared, as Nadal and Federer's epic took precedence. Somebody at Metro must have had his eye off the ball.
Myler's court record
'News of the World' editor Colin Myler has had a busy week in court defending his "Mosley Nazi orgy" story. He claims he ran the story in the public's interest. But it's not the first time his judgement has been questioned. In 2001, he resigned as editor of the 'Sunday Mirror' after running a story that prejudiced the trial of two footballers charged with assault. At the time he was thought lucky to escape jail for contempt.
As the editor of the Homes and Property supplement in the 'Evening Standard', Janice Morley should know a thing or two about home improvements. But when she had a new kitchen fitted, I fear she was short of some elementary practical advice, as the cabinets were installed around the existing tiles. Now she wants new tiles, which will prove almost impossible without damaging the gleaming new cabinets. Doh!
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site on Friday
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
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Tower of London poppies: Tens of thousands of people flock to see installation in its final days
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
Woman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table
Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House
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- 3 Woman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table
- 4 Paul Hollywood: Police asked if I wanted them to arrest Mary Berry for vandalism after she 'defaced' my car
- 5 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
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