Friday, January 12, 2007

The Real Deal

Just when the paparazzi thought they couldn't have a better year than 2006, this week brings news of an imminent Royal engagement and a U.S. transfer for Mr. Posh Spice. I see Brand Beckham akin to Brand Clinton: man disgraced, woman embraced. Who knows, maybe it will be Posh for governor of California. Arnie proved that you don't have to be American or a great politician to do it - and Posh has admirably become the queen of the career change, with very few qualifications. But why are we talking about this and not using the excuse to bring up the hilarious Ali G interview of Posh and Becks. Now that is worth millions.

Do you see what has happened here? One slip off the cultural detox plan and we have already forgot about yesterday's disastrous rate rise or that incursion into Somalia. I would have called it invasion, but then you may have been alarmed. And I wouldn't want to distract you from the real ever present worry over Kate Potter Middleton's security. Because then you may forget about this week's MI5 terror alert service. And with that level of spitfire, let's get ready to rumble with the 22nd edition of City Slicker's "Week's Action, Weekend Reaction."

1) Looking forward to seeing Leo DiCaprio in his latest film, Blood Diamond? React by learning more about the illicit diamond trade from award-winning photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen at the Host Gallery. Much more real than Hollywood could ever look. 1 Honduras Street, EC1. Until 27 Jan. Free.

2) Determined to not let a quarter percent rate rise affect your consumer spending? React by heading to the shops at Oxo Tower Wharf where there will be discounts of up to 70 percent. Sat until 28 Jan.

3) Slightly disturbed that temperatures in January are warmer than July? React by heading to the Russian Winter Festival taking place on the eve of the Russian 'Old New Year.' The great atmosphere will make you forget that ice is melting. Trafalgar Square. Sat 11-6:30PM.


Anonymous Claire said...

Hilarious wit as ever CS
Russian festival always a winner. Loved it last year. See you there?

10:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff

10:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do american give a toss about Becks? football is still football there not our football, right? they must be paying for her

11:00 am  
Anonymous Ella said...

Maybe they are going because as everything is bigger in America it is the only place she can get the world's biggest sunglasses :-)

11:02 am  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Or maybe it's so Posh can make Nicole Ritchie actually look healthy?

11:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had forgot about that Ali G. Fabulous!!!! LOL

11:19 am  
Anonymous hb said...

I ownder if those great photographs on sale at the Oxo Tower are included in sale? Does anybody know?

2:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

End it like Beckham!

When in doubt head to the US for an easy out. Way to hang your head in shame Becks.

2:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

End it like Beckham!

When in doubt head to the US for an easy out. Way to hang your head in shame Becks.

2:06 pm  
Anonymous jamie said...

Becks first task is going to be converting socceer, baseball and basketball into football fans. i don't see it happening. I know the kids play it out there but he is a 31 year old male. Why would you choose him to invigorate a sport full of 6-10 year olds. He should have gone to Asia in my opinion.

Love the Ali G clip.

2:11 pm  
Anonymous samson said...

Maybe they are moving to be closer to TomKat their best mates? Because after all they are the eonly celebs to have attended the so called wedding of the year. Don't you just love it when mediocrity finds mediocrity? The US won't bat an eye at Beckham. He will walk in anonymity. Mark my words.

2:12 pm  
Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

It's going to take a lot more than Becks' £125 million for Americans to give a hoot about "soccer."

5:39 pm  
Anonymous hels said...

The inside scoop from my friend at E! news is that Victoria and David “cut a deal”, giving her six months in Los Angeles to establish her celebrity then after that, they would try for their fourth child - but even then, Victoria won’t drop out of the limelight.

Victoria immediately latched onto the commercial possibilities of that. They have already been developing a Brand Beckham-themed clothes and lifestyle range - everything from home interiors to sunglasses. Now Victoria has been talking about a clothes range for pregnant women, and of course toddlers.

Katie Holmes’s romance with Tom, the marriage and pregnancy had her on the front pages for months on end and when their baby Suri was eventually shown to the world, it was on the cover of Vanity Fair. Victoria has been saying would love to do the cover of Vanity Fair.

11:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old worn out soccer players are sissies gambit. When is the last time you saw an NFL player puking on the field because they over exerted themselves, sick or not? I always get a kick out of them grabbing oxygen masks after a long kickoff return or pass reception. If they had to run a full 90 they might collapse. As a side note, I’m not sure this is what Gatorade had in mind with their ‘is it in you?’ campaign Talk about your action shot. Anyway, the reason soccer will never be popular in the U.S.? Oh that’s easy…

Why couldn’t soccer take off in the United States? Easy. There’s no room for it. We have too many pro sports as it is.

1:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is absolutely amazing that anytime the media covers a basketball coach’s compensation package, they ALL will make sure you know his base salary is X, but much of the rest is made up by merchandising and endorsements income. But with Beckham, they all swallowed the "OMG they’re paying him $250 million dollars" hook, line, and sinker and ignored that fact that the Galaxy is probably paying him < $10 million in salary per year while the rest is merchandising. A third grader could have looked it up!

1:09 pm  
Anonymous Dee said...

For anybody who dosn't believe that this whole deal was dreamt up by miss former spice woman as a career maker look here

Case closed. This was her arriving at LA airport end of last week. Insane!

1:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up on State Britain CS. I think it is a brave move for the Gallery and will head there as soon as I can to see for myself. Of course it is art!

12:29 pm  

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