Monday, November 16, 2009

Belle de Jour revealed: Dr. Elizabeth Magnanti

Finallt, the real name of Belle de Jour has been revealed. The best kept secret in British publishing was what was the real name of Belle de Jour, the diariest of her time as a call girl.

There were endless suspicions: that it was really some writer making it all up, even that it might be Toby Young. But the truth is now out: Belle du Jour is Dr, Elizabeth Magnanti, a research scientists working in Bristol.

She was short of money when finishing her Ph.D in London some years ago and so she became a prostitute to pay her bills. It all was actually true.


It's absolutely amazing how interested we little shaved monkeys are in this sex business.


Seems to be all that runs through the mind of the species really.

Not a new observation, to be sure, but still an accurate one.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Katie Holmes Information

If you're trying to keep up with your favourite celebrity, Katie Holmes, then there's a new resource on the internet for you.

Set up especially to bring you news stories, phtos and even video feeds about Katie Holmes, if you're interested in celebrity gossip andinformation then this is the site for you.

There's even a section on Katie Holmes' marriage to Tom Cruise!

Well, why are you waiting, go check it out!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

So what do you prefer?

Roundheads or Cavaliers?

Or, to take it out of English argot, circumcision or no circumcision?

There's the various health aspects of doing it, STDS, penile cancer and so on but they're minor really.

It's also true that it leads to lower sensitivity in those who have the chop. Something you might think is a bad idea.

Well, yes, but, click through here to see why that migh actually be the justifying point for circumcision.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cascais Dining Options

If you should find yourself in Cascais and in need of a restorative drink or bit to eat may I recommend the Beefeater?

It's Cascais' British Pub of choice, not least for the fact that it's run by friends of ours.

Yes, of course they do a morning fry up and they've got all the usual beers on tap and in bottles.

They've also got the big screen TVs and the satellite connections to make them work. So, if you're around and about in Cascais, give the pub a try.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Welcome to the wonderful world of movie accountancy:

Best-selling author Clive Cussler has been ordered to pay $US5 million ($A6.01 million) to the movie production company behind box-office flop Sahara following a bitter legal battle.

A jury at Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that Cussler had breached his contract following a complex 14-week trial that focused on the 2005 big-screen adaptation of his novel starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz.

But the jury also ruled that the production company in the film - Crusader Entertainment - must also pay Cussler $US8.5 million ($A10.21 million) for failing to turn a second book into a movie.

A judge will finalise the conflicting damage amounts at a later hearing.

Cussler, 75, had sued Crusader Entertainment in 2004, alleging the company broke his contract by using a Sahara script that he had not approved.

But Crusader - owned by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz - said in a countersuit that Cussler himself breached his contract and publicly disparaged the film.

The company said Cussler allowed details of his financial negotiations with Crusader to become public and had also inflated his book sales to persuade the company to buy the movie rights to the film.

Good advice in that business is simply to take the paycheck and shut up.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Fergie on Top of the Charts

Fergie, the singer from Black Eyed Peas, just got her second number one single:

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie earned her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday with "Glamorous," a tune featuring rapper Ludacris.

Thanks to 166,000 digital downloads, the track jumped seven places to end the two-week reign of New York rapper Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot," which slipped to No. 2.

In its nine week history on the Hot 100, "Glamorous" has fallen in and out of the top-10 due to its availability online. Fergie's first single, last year's "London Bridge," was her first No. 1 on the chart.

Akon's "Don't Matter" slipped one to No. 3; the R&B singer is also the featured artist on Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape," as it similarly fell one to No. 4.

Patrick Stump can be heard on the No. 5 and 6 tracks, as the featured artist on Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold" (up two to No. 5) and in his own band Fall Out Boy, whose "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" held at No. 6 for a second week. Rock band Daughtry's "It's Not Over" re-entered the top-10, rising four to No. 7.

As for the others, who are they? Or is that a sign that I'm getting old?