Wednesday, 3 July 2019


Some odds and ends that have caught my attention!


In some parts of the world they don’t manage to have clean water to drink. In others wine can be ridiculously expensive. “Thieves have broken into the cellar of a luxury restaurant in Paris and made off with at least 150 bottles of prized wine estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of euros, a police source said. Employees at the Maison Rostang restaurant in the north-eastern 17th arrondissement near the Arc de Triomphe discovered a 20in (50cm) hole in the wall of the wine cellar made during the break-in on Monday.”

I only hope they didn’t drop any on their way out.

And then how do you let yourself drink such stuff? And does it really taste so much better than, for example, a bottle costing €40? Which would also seem to me to a silly amount of money to pay for a drink.

And this!

“Kevin Costner has confirmed that the late Princess of Wales was set to star alongside him in a sequel to 1992 hit The Bodyguard, in which he starred as an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston. Speaking to PeopleTV, Costner said that he, Diana and producers were eager to get the project off the ground.

“The studio liked the idea of doing a Bodyguard 2,” he said, with Diana taking on a role “in the same kind of capacity as Whitney. Nobody really knew that for about a year.” In 2012 Costner first spoke about the project, explaining that the plot would have involved his character protecting Diana’s from stalkers and paparazzi before their relationship turned romantic. He said a first script for the project arrived on his desk the day before Diana was killed in a car crash on 31 August 1997.”

Oh, to be a female royal personage and be able to consider playing opposite the likes of Kevin Costner without having to jump through some of the hoops actresses have been obliged to do in order to get such roles!

And this!

Kim Kardashian West has apparently confirmed she is renaming her new Kimono line of shapewear after widespread criticism over the brand’s name.

First of all, what in earth is “shapewear”?

And then why would she call it Kimono when she is clearly not selling kimonos? Oh, yes, it must be a clever pun on her name!

Someone I have never heard of called Yuka Ohishi (a San Franciso bases videographer, whatever that is) tweeted “Our traditional garment is not spandex. It is not a beach cover up. It is not something you should use to make a cute pun with your name and slap on a trademark.”

She did not expect her protests to have any effect but la Kardashian tweeted, “I am always listening, learning and growing - I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me. When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind.”

There you go. On Monday Kardashian West announced on Twitter she was changing the name. She she would “be in touch soon” with a new brand name – but did not say what that would be. I wait with bated breath!

And this!

MEPs from Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party have kicked off their time in the European Parliament by turning their backs on the EU’s national anthem during the legislature’s opening ceremony. The Brexiteers carried out the protest as Ode to Joy played on Tuesday morning to open the new parliamentary session.

And finally this!

Watching Rafa Nadal play Japanese tennis player Sugita, I saw a close-up of Nadal’s feet. He has his name on his shoes; on the tongue it says Rafa. Are they also labelled left and right like my running socks?

Maybe they are magic shoes that help Rafa win!

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