Jan­uary 14, 2019

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - Com­piled by ETAN SMALL­MAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD


JAN­UArY 14, 1941 BRIDES may have to wear sil­ver wed­ding rings be­fore the war is over. Said a jeweller: ‘We’re hav­ing to sell only nine-carat rings be­cause just a quar­ter of the nor­mal sup­ply of gold is avail­able. So many more peo­ple seem to get mar­ried in wartime that there may soon be a short­age of gold rings.’ JAN­UArY 14, 1970 THE new 007 was slapped down yes­ter­day by his lead­ing lady. Di­ana Rigg, the for­mer ‘man-eat­ing’ Emma Peel of The Avengers, ac­cused Ge­orge Lazenby of be­ing abu­sive, threat­en­ing and crude, and said he had made her cry while film­ing On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice. Miss Rigg (right) was re­ply­ing to state­ments at­trib­uted to Mr Lazenby that she: ate gar­lic on pur­pose be­fore film­ing love scenes; guz­zled cham­pagne in a warm bar while the cam­era crew waited out­side in the cold; and pre­ferred talk­ing to the crew to talk­ing to him.


HUGH FEARN­LEy-WHIT­TINGSTALL, 54. The Eton-ed­u­cated TV chef asked for a sugar ther­mome­ter for his eighth birth­day and by the age of 12 was sell­ing fudge ice cream for £10 a pint. He once owned a pig named Delia — after Delia Smith. ‘She had sev­eral suc­cess­ful lit­ters . . . and went the way of most re­tired sows and be­came sausage and salamis and other deli items,’ he said. FAyE DU­N­AWAy, 78. The star bagged an Academy Award for Net­work in 1977 — but she’s one of the few best ac­tress Os­car win­ners to have also been given a Golden Rasp­berry for worst ac­tress (for Mom­mie Dear­est in 1980). ‘What I re­alised long ago is that any time peo­ple put you on a pedestal, you’re doomed to dis­ap­point,’ she says.


WAR­REN MITCHELL (19262015). The ac­tor from Lon­don played ‘Bri­tain’s favourite bigot’, Alf Gar­nett. He was only the third choice for the role, with pro­duc­ers hop­ing to se­cure Peter Sell­ers. Once praised by a foot­ball fan for ‘hav­ing a go at im­mi­grants’ as Alf, Mitchell replied: ‘We’re hav­ing a go at id­iots like you.’ RICHARD BRI­ERS (1934-2013). The part of Tom Good in the BBC’s The Good Life was writ­ten for Bri­ers, but he was con­vinced the sit­com would not be a hit be­cause it was too ‘mun­dane and mid­dle class’. He stud­ied at RADA, and said one of his favourite re­views de­scribed his por­trayal of Ham­let as ‘like a de­mented type­writer’.


IN 1994, the Duchess of Kent con­verted to Catholi­cism, the first mem­ber of the Royal Fam­ily to do so for more than 300 years. IN 2016, English ac­tor Alan Rick­man died, aged 69.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: Bor­bo­ryg­mus (early 18th cen­tury)

A) An in­cip­i­ent roar­ing. B) The sound of blow­ing across the mouth of a bot­tle. C) A rum­bling in the guts. An­swer below


From the 17th-cen­tury French ‘picque-nique’, used to de­scribe a group of din­ers who brought their own wine. This mor­phed into a meal in which each per­son brought food. Pic­nick­ing out­doors did not emerge un­til the 19th cen­tury.


SomE day you will be old enough to start read­ing fairy­tales again. C.S. Lewis, British au­thor (1898-1963)


I STOPPED my wife vacu­um­ing up a spi­der. It was Dyson­ing with death. Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: C.

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