Changing political climate
IF ONE man has his way, there definitely will be an Irish agreement later this week. The chairman of the mediating team at the Irish peace talks in Stormont, George J Mitchell, has had a flu-like cold since January, the Washington Post reported yesterday. The Irish-American, 64-year-old former US senator flies back and forth across the Atlantic weekly and also blames the Northern Irish climate for his inability to get rid of his symptoms. In fact, Mitchell was raised by his adopted Lebanese immigrant parents in Maine, where the climate is far harsher than anything you will find in the Emerald Isle. It was Mitchell who set the deadline for agreement in the talks for this Thursday. Although retired from the Senate, Mitchell, who isn't being paid for his work at Stormont, has an extremely active law practice and is a director of a number of corporations, including Federal Express, Xerox and Walt Disney.
Gary's not such a bad boy
LAST week saw Titanic knocked out of the number one spot on the list of top US box office films. The new blockbuster is Lost In Space, in which Gary Oldman stars as yet another monstrously wicked villain. Oldman distinguished himself last year for his realistic but highly compassionate semi-autobiographical film, Nil by Mouth, which he wrote and directed. Some may recall a story several years back about Oldman's mother, Kay Delahunty, who refused to accept her millionaire son's invitations to move to Hollywood and persisted in living on a south London estate and working at a cafe on a barge. Now word reaches Pandora that Oldman has finally succeeded in persuading his mum to join him and has bought her a house in Beverly Hills.
Behaviour so uncool
FOR almost three decades, Elaine's has been the trendiest celebrity bistro in New York, where Woody Allen rubs shoulders with Norman Mailer and everyone who is anyone in Upper East Side celebrity circles goes to watch the Academy awards. If you are not a celebrity, the glowering figure of Elaine Kaufman "greeting" you at the door to her Italian restaurant is not altogether a welcome sight. This weekend Elaine's famous coolness towards her non-glittering clients reached a watershed. She was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly attacking a patron who had, refused to order a drink.
Warbling in Welsh
REPORTS of William Hague being tutored by his wife, Ffion, in how to sing the Welsh national anthem reminded Pandora of a story Sir Edward Heath likes to tell about his own Welsh rugby crooning experiences. Whenever the former Prime Minister would travel to Cardiff to watch England play Wales, he would be greeted before the match by a stalwart local Tory. "Your usual, sir?" he would ask, and then pass a copy of the Welsh anthem written out in phonetic English for him to sing before the television cameras.Reuse content