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David Cameron and William Hague got into similar trouble, but for exactly opposite reasons. If the Foreign Secretary had said “stupid person” or (admittedly a bit of a mouthful for an impromptu sedentary aside) “stupid Honourable Member”, he’d be home free. As the lip reading consensus was that he muttered “stupid woman” while Cameron was answering, or more accurately not answering, a hostile question from Labour’s Cathy Jamieson, he quickly became Twitter villain of the day.

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: the Rise and Fall of Phil Spector, By Mick Brown

Phil Spector was afforded the title of "genius" while producing some of the finest pop records of the 1960s, orchestrating a signature quasi-Wagnerian "wall of sound". Then he retired and walled himself up in a mansion in a nondescript, out-of-the-way region of LA.

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This may be the year of the celebrity trial - Michael Jackson the King of Pop on child molestation charges, the basketball star Kobe Bryant accused of rape, the legendary record producer Phil Spector indicted for murder - but the kookiest, darkest, most grimly compelling court case in America may well be one that is receiving almost no media attention at all.

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