Diary: Unproductive behaviour
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Mark Ronson has developed an unfortunate habit of putting his foot in it (you'd almost think he had a new album to promote). First, there was his comment, in an interview with
Esquire, that he regretted dating a certain 'It' girl: "I look back on it," he lamented, "and think, 'God, did I really just step into the cliché like that?'" Said cliché was, gossips presumed, his relationship with model Daisy Lowe, whom he ran into at the
GQ Men of the Year awards, to which she was accompanied by her new boyfriend, Doctor Who. Then, on Friday night, Ronson told Jools Holland that as a producer, he had taken Amy Winehouse's demos and from them "created" the hits on her album
Back to Black. "[R]onson you're dead to me", Winehouse tweeted in response, "one album I write an [sic] you take half the credit – make a career out of it? don't think so BRUV". The lingo is authentic, though Ms Winehouse's account remains unverified by Twitter HQ (so may not, in fact, really be hers). It's also possible she was joking.
* Huge news for film fans of a certain age: Wyld Stallyns may yet stage a comeback tour. I speak, of course, of Bill S Preston Esquire and Ted "Theodore" Logan, they of the Excellent Adventure, and of the Bogus Journey. Keanu Reeves has revealed that not only are he and his Bill and Ted co-star Alex Winter still friends, but that the film's writers are trying to produce another sequel. "I'd love to play the role (of Ted); I'd work with them again ... if it's a film that can stand up on its own," Reeves told MTV. The first film's 25th anniversary is in 2014. "I'll be 49 then," the youthful-seeming star added implausibly. "I might even be 50."
* Lord Hattersley may be backing Miliband (E) to be Labour leader, but he won't be around to see the young pretender crowned/ clobbered at the party conference. In fact, the 77-year-old admits, this will be the only Labour conference he's missed since 1963, when he was first the parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Sparkbrook. No particular political issue is keeping him away; he simply has a book about a Liberal to promote elsewhere ( David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider [Little, Brown, £25]). 1963 wasn't the former Deputy Leader's first conference: he was there in 1960 to hear Hugh Gaitskell demand delegates "fight, fight and fight again to save the party we love". And, as long ago as the 1940s, a teenage Hattersley attended with his mother, Enid, a Labour councillor in Sheffield – at which point the prime topic for debate was German disarmament.
* No such luck keeping Peter Mandelson away from the action. The Dark Lord persists in knocking Miliband (E) in the hope of propelling his brother to the leadership, this time criticising Ed for his role in writing the party's 2010 manifesto: "A lowest-common-denominator manifesto, a crowd-pleasing Guardianista manifesto that completely passed by that vast swath of the population who weren't natural Labour voters." Few would doubt Mandelson's assertion that the manifesto was written by "Gordon and Ed [M]". But then, before the party lost the election for which he was its campaign supremo, The Dark Lord described the document rather differently: "I would describe it as Blair plus ... New Labour plus," he said on 12 April (it's still on iPlayer, m'lud), before bullishly reminding his interviewer that he, Blair and Brown had invented New Labour together – with the intention, I recall, of appealing to that vast swath of the population who weren't naturally Labour voters.
* Doubtless The Dark Lord will be glad to see that his favourite candidate, Miliband (D) has emerged victorious from one crucial pre-leadership battle. No, it's not the Channel 4 News poll of former and prospective Labour MPs in marginal seats (although he did win that as well); it's the "Fanciability" category of the annually produced pack of Sky News political Top Trumps. Miliband (D) earns a whopping 95 per cent hotness rating, some way ahead of his brother on 77. Labour members take note: Messrs Clegg and Cameron both achieved 80 per cent Fanciability – ahead of Ed, behind David.
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
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