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I’M a bit worried about Cher. In the film Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, her face was stretched so tight it was completely devoid of expression.
The diva has a funny line in the film about becoming a greatgrandma. Unfortunately, it’s mumbled through a mouth as taut as a ventriloquist’s dummy.
It’s not just women of course who alter their faces. Brazilian ‘television personality’ Rodrigo Alves has modelled himself on Ken (you know – Barbie doll’s mate). When did looking like a featureless plastic doll become a career choice?
On the other side of the coin there is Katie Piper, who is appearing in the current series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her face has also been rebuilt – the result of an acid attack – but her character shines through her restructured features. I wonder, do the same surgeons do these ops and do they feel differently about such contrasting patients? Are they both just jobs of work?
Many years ago I read a chilling and brilliant book by LP Hartley called Facial Justice. It’s about a future where, for the sake of equality, faces are compulsorily remodelled if they are too attractive. The opposite of what is happening now (but still not desirable obviously).
For me, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again missed Meryl Streep who only appears in the last few minutes. Ironically, I thought the film came alive then, even though she is meant to be dead. A ghostly Streep with her moveable face and a scattering of wrinkles was more vibrant than a blank Cher.
Talking of being animated, Uxbridge (CofE) Parish held a pet service on Sunday in recognition of the important role they play in many people’s lives. I do hope it went well.
Held at St Andrew’s Church, the only rules were that animals must be kept safe and under control and not allowed to roam. Dogs were expected to be on leads, cats in a cat carrier and small animals in suitable containers. Presumably no elephants, as they wouldn’t fit in the pews.
We are currently petfree and the compulsory walks our dogs had imposed on us are sadly missed. Talking of exercise, a female reader who enjoys playing golf has asked me to pass on the message that she’d like to see more local women playing the sport. Phone Val on 07411 477 677 if you would be interested in hearing more.
Failing that, take a brisk trot to Waterstone’s in Uxbridge on Saturday, when I’ll be signing copies of Tales From An Old Hack – Memoir Of A local reporter, from noon. Hope to see you! Rodrigo Alves PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES