DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Friday -

IDIDN’T think it was go­ing to be long be­fore Henry started play­ing chess again . . . That was a great idea of Anne’s, with­hold­ing sex be­fore she got preg­nant to Henry and mar­ried him and got her­self that crown, but with­hold­ing sex af­ter­wards? Bad idea.

But we’re talk­ing about a woman who’s so stupid she’s gone and had a baby girl. April fool!

I never re­ally cared for Cather­ine of Aragon, though, ei­ther. She’s lay­ing it on with a trowel tonight, sitting wanly in front of the fire, draped in shawls, mak­ing grand state­ments to who­ever’s lis­ten­ing: ‘‘ As long as I live, I will call my­self the Queen of Eng­land!’’

I’ve worked with peo­ple like her. You prob­a­bly have, too. They’re very funny about ti­tles.

The Duke of Suf­folk, Charles Bran­don, drops in and gives her some fur­ther news about her, um, down­siz­ing. A cou­ple of key ap­point­ments tonight kind of move that along a bit.

She moans about not get­ting enough vis­i­tors, does the whole mar­tyr bit. Re­ally, she’s lucky she’s still got her head.

How great is it see­ing Peter O’Toole on telly?

I love that episode of Fam­ily Guy where they’re all set­tling in to watch Lawrence of Ara­bia in its orig­i­nal ul­tra-cin­ema-

Play­ing chess: Henry

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