Spice Girls take us back to the happy days of screaming egos and strops
THE SPICE Girls have announced they’re to make a comeback (again, and just four of them) and the news evokes thoughts of Michael Parkinson’s famous quote about meeting the nicest people down Memory Lane.
But are the Spicers people you would want to bump into when your hands are full of message bags, you’ve got sore feet, it’s raining a full cat and dog home of imagery, and you still don’t know what to feed the weans for tea?
The Girls are returning 24 years after they first found pop success. Yet, if positives are to be grasped from this slightly surprising resurrection from the tombs of pop history one could be the fact they are a warning to all young women out there.
Yes, if you sign with the right management agency (who can command the best songwriters to come up with catchy tunes) and you hit the zeitgeist with faux feminist imagery and can manage to make a reverse v-sign, then you can make millions. But then what happens?
No sooner have the five friends been sharing make-up, having fun sleepovers and pillow fights, than fights become real. The complaints surface. The egos in some heads soar. And the band implodes.
Victoria Beckham, it seems, is more likely to be smiling in front of a press camera than she is to be putting on the platform trainers once again.
In fact, the other group members didn’t even bother to ask her if she’d show up.
“Do you know what is actually quite funny?” says Mel C. “I saw Victoria recently and obviously we’ve all been in contact – she really supports us and we really support her. But she did raise the point that she was never actually asked. We just presumed.”
Geri added: “I spoke to her before the announcement and she has said it for years that she just doesn’t want to do it any more, so we knew that.”
VB has as much time for Mel B, it’s claimed, as Donald Trump does for CNN reporters.
As for Mel B, the Leeds-born singer has blown, allegedly, most of her £38 million fortune. And it’s not that she can boast of a happy home life to the fans who once looked up to her.
Chase me, chase me: Streakers just aren’t what they used to be, judging by this shy example who kept his boxers on. Still, it gave the police officer who gave chase a good workout during the fourth day of the first test cricket match between England andSri Lanka. It was probably the most exciting thing that happened all day.