Pandora: Palin's effort is in vain as Christie takes office

*One person who won't be cracking open the bubbly at the thought of the Republican Chris Christie taking office as Governor of New Jersey is Michael Palin, the English documentary maker and former Python (not to be confused with Sarah, beehived US vice-presidential candidate, of whom the former insists he is no relation).

Earlier this week, Palin complained vociferously after Christie used footage from an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus in his election campaign, telling various American news outlets it was an illegal infringement of his, and the much-loved comedy programme's other writers', copyright. The ad was hastily withdrawn. Still, despite the ensuing furore in the US press, Christie swept to victory in the East Coast State.

"Well, hopefully we reduced his majority somewhat," a disgruntled Palin, pictured, remarked yesterday. "We might take legal action now. We're still deciding what to do. "In one sense, we made our point and he removed the clip from his website pretty quickly. On the other hand, this guy is a lawyer, he must be aware of the law. George Bush made him a US attorney.

"That's what we've got the issue with: he didn't even approach us for permission. If he had, we would have said no! The Pythons are not Republican." You don't say!

Happy slappers? Not on our benches

*Whodunnit? Labour's Twitter tsar Kerry McCarthy has posted on her website an account of "shocking behaviour" by a "Tory grandee". "A knight of the realm," she says, "slapped a shocked female Labour MP firmly on her bottom" in the Commons tea room. The identities of both slapper and slappee remain a mystery, though surely not for long. Does this sort of thing happen frequently in Westminster, Pandora wonders? "Maybe in the Conservative section, but certainly not in ours," says McCarthy. "I couldn't believe it."

Ripley rustles up a career change

*Time for a new kitchen, Fay? Open plan, perhaps? Having already published one well-received cook book – and with another in the pipeline – the actress Fay Ripley claims to be considering a her own Nigella-style cookery show. "Lots of production companies are asking me and I am considering it," she told us at Tuesday's Red Hot Women Awards. "It is a bit of a no-brainer for them, really. I'd have to be comfortable though."

It's quite a leap from Cold Feet. Still, Ripley, is undaunted. "I think that when you're on the telly, people don't seem to notice or care what you were on telly for in the first place. I think you are allowed to have more than one job now."

Konnie fills in after Ken's cancellation

*No prizes for guessing why the Conservatives pulled the plug on Ken Clarke's planned appearance on the BBC's Daily Politics hours after the Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, approved the Lisbon Treaty. At least the producers weren't too stuck for replacements. A pair of brown Hush Puppies was positioned on the set, complete with Churchillian cigar, in reverence to the absent Shadow business secretary. Oh, and former Blue Peter host Konnie Huq showed up too. Almost the same thing.

Iggy's got no lust for life insurance

*Iggy Pop left scraggly punk fans everywhere disappointed when he chose to star in an ad campaign for the online car insurance company Swiftcover. Some observers (less charitable than Pandora, of course) suggested the sweet workings of karma when it later emerged that the rock god himself couldn't get coverage from the company, which didn't cater for musicians. Still, Pop remains defiant. "Ha! I don't even carry life insurance," he tells us. "I don't need it man, you know, I got my own swag." No doubt.

pandora@independent.co.uk

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

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

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR and Payroll Manager

£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This dynamic outsourced contact...

Recruitment Genius: Production & Quality Control Assistant

£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity for a ...

Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor - Kettering - £32,000

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor with an established...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Generalist

£40 - 50k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a HR Manager / HR Genera...

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor