Pandora: Tony Blair will go to the ball

Much tittering in the publishing industry last week, following the news that a certain Icelandic volcano had rendered Tony Blair (plus tan) unable to return from the Middle East. Not only was he due to join the Labour Party on the campaign trail, but he was to be thrown a no-expense-spared do at the London Book Fair by his publishers, Random House, in order to meet and greet industry figures. Unable to cancel the event, the champagne and canapés had to be passed around without him.

Still, it seems that Mr Blair is one author for whom there are no budgetary limits. We're assured that an equally lavish occasion is to follow in the near future. "Yes, it's being rescheduled so that he can be there in person," explains a spokesman for Random House. "Though I won't be able to tell you the date – it would be too much of a security risk." Those invited, presumably, won't be deemed quite such a risk.

It's in the presentation, says Cameron

What's this? A fan of Chris Evans. A would-be prime ministerial fan, no less. Asked by the Radio Times to pick between Adrian Chiles's usurper and other hosts, David Cameron opts for the former. He also chooses Jonathan Ross over Terry Wogan and Simon Cowell over Cheryl Cole, which may have something to do with the fact that last time he lavished praise on the pop starlet, she labelled him "slippery".

* After his astute analysis of the post-debate world ("Nick's like Frodo...") Lembit Opik, left, offers us an equally lucid vision of cross-party government. "I've overcome political differences and worked with the other parties for years," he says, pointing to his performances alongside Stephen Pound and Nigel Evans at the Commons variety show.

* Ah! it seems Nancy Dell'Olio's flirtation with the Opposition has come to a close. The glossy former squeeze of Sven-Göran Eriksson had been rumoured to be turning blue (or yellow?). Judging by appearances in Exeter, nothing is further from the truth. She could be seen campaigning side by side with Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw. The pair were famously pictured 'aving it large on the Cafe De Paris dance floor a couple of years ago. We don't call him the Minister of Sound for nothing.

* It was only a matter of time: an advert for a Nick Clegg "Action Man" catches Pandora's eye atop the back page of Liberal Democrat News. The doll boasts but a few of the party leader's superpowers: strange indefinable quality! Impossible to satirise! Gives good debate! Amazingly nice! Unfortunately, though, not tangible: just a mock-up from an enthusiastic designer. How long until a 3D version follows?

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

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss