Pandora: Jo's keeping Ronnie in the picture

There is little doubt that Jo Wood has had her patience tested of late. What with her husband Ronnie's affair, then his claims that his mistress – a twentysomething Russian blonde – was responsible for his sobering up, few could blame the former model for wanting to sever all ties with the Rolling Stone.

Rather surprising, then, to see her turn out for an exhibition of his paintings at London's new Gallery Icon.

In fact, she insists that her estranged husband's art is still a subject close to her heart.

"I've still got loads of Ronnie's old paintings," she tells me. "I've got all the ones he did of me, plus other ones too. My favourite is a Jack Nicholson one where he looks really menacing."

Judging by the price of the works on show, her decision to keep the pictures may

be a wise one. At £2,000 a pop, the rocker's works could be a nice little nest egg.

Clegg aims to march in step with Webb

After unwittingly revealing the strained nature of his relationship with certain colleagues, Nick Clegg will attempt to present a united front at the weekend.

The Liberal Democrat leader, pictured, was left red-faced after a journalist overheard him dishing out less than flattering assessments of his team during a flight from London to Inverness.

Steve Webb, the party's climate change spokesman, reportedly came in for particular flak, with Clegg describing him as a "problem" who he "couldn't stand".

Things might be a little awkward, then, on Saturday, when Webb and Clegg are expected to join forces for the National Climate Change March through the capital. "As climate change spokesman, Steve has little choice but to be there with Nick on Saturday," a party source tells me. "Things are obviously tense between them right now, but it would only make things look worse if Steve wasn't there."

Clegg's former rival for the leadership, Chris Huhne, is also said to have come in for criticism – suggestions that he could be moved to the climate change brief were evidently dismissed by Mr Clegg, who believed someone "more emotionally intelligent" was required.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mr Huhne is not expected to attend Saturday's march. "We don't think Chris has been asked," his spokesman tells me. "It's not in the diary."

Who's partying with Bush?

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, pictured, will be among the more unlikely guests hob-nobbing with President Bush over the weekend.

I hear that The Who members are heading to Washington to accept a prestigious Kennedy Centre Honour for their services to the performing arts.

Let's hope their encounter won't prove too strained. After all, they haven't always been the most outspoken of the President's admirers. When asked for his prediction regarding last month's US election winner, Daltrey told an interviewer: "With what George Bush has done...it is inconceivable to me that Americans would vote in another Republican."

Hesketh falls foul of US red tape

Even blue blood and top-tier political connections aren't enough to avoid the perils of red tape.

Well-bred socialite Sophia Hesketh, left, tells me her move to New York has been blighted by bureaucratic hurdles. Lord Hesketh's daughter had to fly back to Britain when airport immigration officials refused to renew her visa. "I was pretty much bounced out," she complains. "Things were going pretty fabulously work-wise but then this cropped up. I tried to get it all resolved while I was out there, but they didn't see it that way, so I've had to do a 6,000-mile round-trip. Talk about jet lag!"

Miliband coos at arrival of Clinton

A not-so-fond farewell from David Miliband to his opposite number in the US. The Foreign Secretary bid Condoleezza Rice goodbye by admitting that relations between the pair have not always been smooth. Writing his blog on the Foreign Office website, he points out: "We have not always agreed but always engaged." However, Mr Miliband wastes little time in switching his attention to her successor, Hillary Clinton, who he is known to prefer. He hails her as "a unique and diplomatic talent on the way".

It always rains on Tuttle's parade

America's soon-to-be former ambassador, Robert Tuttle, is clearly not feeling too despondent about his imminent departure from the post. Asked in an interview for this week's Country Life magazine what he would miss most about life in Britain, the Californian former car dealer remarked dryly: "The weather."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory