Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

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AC­TOR Kevin Spacey isn’t the first com­moner to perch on the Buck­ing­ham Palace throne. ‘Every­one has a cam­era these days, so palace staff and even po­lice of­fi­cers on duty have been snapped on the throne,’ claims my source, adding: ‘The big­ger prize is be­ing pho­tographed sit­ting on Her Majesty’s bed, like Michael Fa­gan, who broke into the palace in 1982.’ STILL war­bling song­bird Pe­tula Clark, 85 today, who re­ceived a CBE in 1998, says: ‘I can’t re­mem­ber what I’ve done with it. I haven’t laid eyes on it in years.’ I think she would now pre­fer to be a DBE, ie a dame. PRO­MOT­ING his art book, the Rolling Stones’ Ron­nie Wood, 70, tells Ra­dio 4: ‘It can go hor­ri­bly wrong – it could be an aw­ful ren­der­ing of Mick [Jag­ger].’ Do band­mates fret about how he makes them look? ‘Yeah, they sure do. In no un­cer­tain terms.’ FIFTY years af­ter Mick Jag­ger and his then girl­friend Mar­i­anne Faith­full, pic­tured, ‘shared’ a Mars bar, top West End pro­ducer, Bill Ken­wright, tells friends that the story was mis­re­ported, adding that one of them con­fided: ‘It wasn’t a Mars Bar, it was a Marathon’ – now known as Snick­ers, rhyming with knick­ers. PRINCE Charles’s birth­day mer­ited a brief pas­sage from the Na­tional An­them on Ra­dio 4 at 7am. This ges­ture is de­plored on Twit­ter by broad­caster Ju­lia Hart­ley-Brewer, 49. Has she now de­vel­oped a taste for self-pub­lic­ity af­ter her head­line-grab­bing rev­e­la­tion that dis­graced ex-De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon once rested a hand on her knee? EA­MONN Holmes, 57, the na­tion’s favourite break­fast TV pre­sen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a Ra­dio Times poll, has sur­vived a num­ber of near-fa­tal on-air gaffes. In­ter­view­ing ‘half-Le­banese’ ac­tress Salma Hayek, Holmes in­quired: ‘You’re a les­bian?’ HOME Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd, 54, ad­dress­ing the Cen­tre for Pol­icy Stud­ies, charmed her hosts with a story about be­ing in­vited to ap­pear on BBC2’s News­night shortly af­ter be­com­ing an MP in 2010. Telling them she was tired, Miss Rudd added gamely that if they got to the end of their list of pos­si­ble in­vi­tees with­out find­ing any­one she might change her mind. ‘But you are the last name,’ she was told. Al­though some Thatcherites might re­gard her as a Left-winger, is she now first on the CPS list as Theresa May’s suc­ces­sor? FOR­MER shadow chan­cel­lor Ed Balls, of Strictly Come Danc­ing fame, now fea­tures as the ‘vic­tim’ of a mo­bile phone prank in co­me­dian Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on Satur­day. McIntyre, 41, ex­plains: ‘I sent the sil­li­est text from Ed’s phone invit­ing peo­ple to a hot tub party at his house with Strictly’s An­ton du Beke and hip-hop star Stor­mzy. Let’s just say a lot of peo­ple were up for it!’ Did they hope Mr Balls’s perky wife, MP Yvette Cooper, would be re­lax­ing in the tub?

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