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Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

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Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H W Bush was a favourite of the Queen, pos­si­bly be­cause they were both born in the 1920s and lived through a war. (It might also have been be­cause she’s not keen on broc­coli; nei­ther was the 41st Us Pres­i­dent.) In 1993, Bush was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Or­der of the Bath, which comes with a col­lar made of gold – and a note re­quir­ing its re­turn af­ter the re­cip­i­ent’s death. Who­ever at­tends the fu­neral on the Queen’s be­half (Charles, Wil­liam?) might have to bring it home. OUR of­fi­cial dig­ni­taries at the week­end’s in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new Mex­i­can pres­i­dent, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, were so­cial care min­is­ter Caro­line Di­ne­nage, pic­tured, and de­fence min­is­ter Mark Lan­caster, who hap­pen to be mar­ried. A de­light­ful free­bie for them. No doubt first-class seats were pro­vided as well as lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion. Isn’t (po­lit­i­cal) life grand? as Mr Bush’s body lies in state at the Us Capi­tol, whither ex-Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, who de­nied him a sec­ond term in 1992? With wife Hil­lary he has been speak­ing to a half-empty toronto sta­dium. a lo­cal com­men­ta­tor says: ‘On the day of the event some un­sold £150 tick­ets are slashed to sin­gle dig­its. What is the point? It’s not in­spi­ra­tional. It’s not for char­ity. they’re not rais­ing aware­ness about a cause. Do they want to swim in their cash like [Walt Dis­ney char­ac­ter] scrooge McDuck?’ LABOUR big­wig Dame Mar­garet Hodge says women over 35 should pro­cre­ate ‘as soon as pos­si­ble’, re­mark­ing at the Spec­ta­tor’s Par­lia­men­tar­ian of the Year Awards: ‘Women should just have chil­dren be­fore it’s too late. Just have kids us­ing a tur­key baster. One of my daugh­ters got to 35 and was sin­gle. [Labour MP] Stephen Twigg, who worked in my of­fice, was re­ally gor­geous-look­ing. I said to her, “we’ll use his sperm and you can have lots of kids”.’ Tv pre­sen­ter Kirstie all­sopp, 47, who en­joyed the at­ten­tion of ad­mir­ing builders while film­ing in stir­ling – they held up a sign say­ing ‘Kirsty [sic] We Love You’ – hasn’t al­ways been re­ceived warmly in the North. af­ter she fronted a pro­gramme say­ing Hull was the ‘worst’ city to live in, lo­cal res­i­dent and for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter (Lord) John Prescott called her ‘that stupid cow who does that pro­gramme’. COM­MENT­ING on sto­ries of a feud be­tween the Duchesses of Cam­bridge and Sus­sex, a Kens­ing­ton Palace spokesman is quoted as say­ing: ‘This never hap­pened.’ My source says: ‘This is taken by some to mean that it did.’ Huff­in­g­ton Post an­nounces that they’ve deleted an ear­lier ver­sion of a video ‘that in­cor­rectly de­scribed sir David at­ten­bor­ough as a na­tur­ist’, adding: ‘We of course meant to de­scribe him as a nat­u­ral­ist.’ Of course.

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