Un­likely pairs

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Spe­cial re­la­tion­ships

1. Katy Perry per­formed nu­mer­ous times for Hil­lary Clin­ton dur­ing her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign last year, such as at this event in Ohio. So Hil­lary’s de­feat is all her fault, re­ally.

2. They’re rich, they’re ego­tis­ti­cal, they should never have been al­lowed near Twit­ter, and half the planet has seen their wives naked. In some ways, Don­ald Trump and Kanye West were made for each other. Here they are meet­ing at Trump Tower in New York in De­cem­ber.

Euro­pean al­liances

3. Two house­holds, both alike in dig­nity, at the fair GQ Men of the Year Awards, where we lay our scene. Politi­cians, in the form of Jeremy Cor­byn, and rap­pers, in the form of Stor­mzy, from an­cient grudge break to new mutiny. Quite the star-cross’d lovers, in­deed.

4. In July, Ri­hanna vis­ited the Elysée Palace to meet French pre­mière dame (and for­mer teacher) Brigitte Macron and speak about global ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy. It isn’t known what was said, but there is one teach­ing method favoured by Brigitte that should prob­a­bly not be rolled out.

5. Vladimir Putin is said to have fast-tracked Ger­ard Depar­dieu’s Rus­sian cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­ca­tion in 2013. ‘Some­one who is a bit of a rebel, who shakes things up, and is some­times drunk. It’s a bit of this hooli­gan spirit which pleases Putin,’ the fa­mously fat French­man said. That’s one way of putting it.

Un­holy unions

6. ‘You know, in a way, this is as close to God as you’ll ever get,’ mused Bono to Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu when they met in Cape Town six years ago. Well, that’s prob­a­bly what hap­pened.

7. Leonardo Di­caprio met with Pope Fran­cis to talk about cli­mate change at the Vat­i­can last year. Here he is show­ing His Ho­li­ness stills from Ti­tanic to il­lus­trate what can hap­pen when ice sheets break up.

EV­ERY­BODY loves an un­likely friend­ship. Con­sider the charm of Piglet and Pooh dur­ing all their ad­ven­tures in the Hun­dred Acre Wood. Think of the gen­tle love be­tween Ge­orge and Len­nie in Of Mice and

Men. And cast your mind back to when Mick Fleet­wood and Saman­tha Fox made an ab­so­lute pig’s ear of pre­sent­ing the Brit Awards in 1989. All cher­ished mem­o­ries, no doubt, and to those iconic duos we added an­other ear­lier this month, when the north-south Lon­don col­lab­o­ra­tion no­body has been wait­ing for – Croy­don MC Stor­mzy and Is­ling­ton MP Jeremy Cor­byn – came to­gether at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. Quite what the re­la­tion­ship will do for ei­ther chap re­mains to be seen, but un­til Theresa May goes on the lash with Skepta, it looks to be ad­van­tage Cor­byn. Safe, bruv. — Guy Kelly

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