The feral beast: The Lady's not for bedding

Sunday 18 October 2009 00:00
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Readers of The Lady were adjusting their lorgnettes after a piece by Charles Glass on the dos and don'ts of bedding the nanny. "Hopelessly dated and misogynistic" thunders a reader in this week's letters page. "In very poor taste," harrumphs another. But readers had been warned. "I hope everyone takes this offering in the humorous spirit in which it is intended," wrote Rachel Johnson in an editorial last week, "after all, this magazine has a long, proud and distinguished tradition of bringing employers and staff together!"

Standard's free, but not easy

Distribution of the free Evening Standard has got off to a rocky start. Papers have been arriving at some stations too early, meaning that once students and tramps have picked up a copy there are none left for commuters. Elsewhere, such is demand that wily entrepreneurs have been grabbing whole bundles of them and selling them on the black market. But advertisers are mustard keen, which is the main thing.

Why the quick exit?

Mystery surrounds George Pascoe-Watson's shock departure from The Sun. The political editor announced he is going into PR with much excitement, but some wonder why he leaves after only four years in the coveted job, having spent 22 years in the ranks, and only months ahead of an election. Some say his reputation was tarnished after his paper failed to land the expenses story. His replacement, Tom Newton Dunn, is the son of MEP Bill, who left the Tory Party in protest at its Euroscepticism. Expect a few calls from the old man, Tom.

Telegraph's letters from the heart

We eagerly await publication of the Telegraph's new book of unpublished letters: "Am I Alone in Thinking ...?". Letters editor Iain Hollingshead has been stashing the weirdest and wittiest missives that didn't make it into the paper for his anthology, published this week. Gems include: "SIR – I recently received a spam email asking if I wanted to marry 'a hot Russian chick'. As I'm approaching 75 and have blood pressure problems, I decided on this occasion not to accept this tempting offer." And, "SIR – Sir Alan Sugar maintains that making money is better than sex. He obviously has not slept with my wife." What fun.

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