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Dress Like a Rock Star in Eric Clapton’s Shiny Puffas

“That’s from Eric,” a British Red Cross volunteer at London’s best-connected charity shop on Chelsea’s Old Church Street cajoles a customer contemplating a black shiny down Moncler jacket, a snip at £300. ‘Eric’ is legendary rock guitarist, Eric Clapton, 73, who lives nearby and co-owns Cordings of Picaddily famed for its traditional English tailoring comprising clothes for country pursuits. The singer bought 50% of the label when it faced closure and regularly donates entire collections to the shop. He said at the time of his acquisiton:”I am a big fan of English traditional tailoring and have always been intrigued by the balance between functionality and style in the development of men’s fashion. “I wanted to help preserve Cordings for myself so I could continue to shop there.” Clapton’s spirit, looms larger than life here; in an inscribed penny loafer with the Wonderful Tonight crooner’s name and Cordings’ hunting suits, monk skins, corduroys, waistcoats and many other expensive attire. A Dolce and Gabbana wool overcoat spotting a gold chain label has been donated by David Beckham …

When Harry Quizzed Barack

Interviewing the former most powerful man in the world could be one of the most daunting tasks even for a seasoned broadcaster, but when you are royalty you could be considered bullet-proof. Facing each other across a table with two microphones Prince Harry warms to his task advising his subject, President Barack Obama, erstwhile occupant of the White House about interview techniques warning he will get “the face”, if he takes too long between answers. In the snippet published on the BBC news website Prince Harry grills Obama as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. In the prelude the former president enquires if he needs a British accent and offers to turn the tables and interview Prince Harry. Prince Harry who recently announced his engagement to Suits actress American divorcee Meghan Markle has become close to the Obamas since former first lady Michelle came to tea at Kensington Palace. They also share a joint interest in the welfare of ex-servicemen. President Obama was a guest at this year’s Invictus Games in Canada where the interview …

Foreign Drivers Rack up Over £1m in Parking Fines

Foreign drivers owe Westminster City Council more than a million pounds in parking fines – with France, Qatar, the UAE and Romania among the worst and repeat offenders. The council released its annual “top ten” figures which reveal the most prolific parking offenders from across the globe in 2016/17. French motorists are by far the most common parking offenders, being fined a total of £356,000 and drivers from across the Channel have already racked up £111,570 proving last year was no fluke. Qatar (£191,105) and the United Arab Emirates (£116,030) are in second and third place respectively. No surprise here as this is supercar boy racer territory. Romania has climbed up Westminster’s most-ticketed board to claim fourth place with nationals owing the council £114,235. Meanwhile, its neighbours in Bulgaria claimed seventh place in the table, after accruing £77,585 in unpaid fines. Germany made it to fifth place, with a total of £103,375 in fines while Belgium follows in sixth place (£84,160). Saudi Arabia has made the top ten for the first time pulling up in eighth place, with fines totalling £64,065. …

PM Sees Funny Side of Car-Crash Speech

Prime Minister Theresa May’s tweet simply titled *coughs*, after her headline speech at the Tory autumn conference resembled a pharmacy counter with a half-eaten pack of Strepsils strawberry lozenges, a bottle of Olbas oil, Covonia cough syrup, a box of Ultra Chloraseptic Anaesthetic throat spray and a glass of water. Alongside her prime ministerial red box was the copy of her speech from hell through which she coughed and spluttered. Throw in a prankster who handed her a P45 form, the party’s confab slogan peeling off the wall and there was enough material for hours of comedy sketches. *coughs* pic.twitter.com/1b6CoW5Mrz — Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 4, 2017 May had wanted to use the Conservative Party’s annual conference to bring her divided party together and pitch herself as the only person able to deliver Brexit and keep opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of power. She started by apologising for calling a snap June election which stripped her party of its majority in parliament, then pitched a revitalised ‘British Dream’ for which she proposed fixing broken …

Princess Victoria to Reopen: Branson Pub Gets Lifeline

A pub once owned by billionaire tycoon Richard Branson is to reopen after it closed abruptly in June. The Princess Victoria on Uxbridge Road near Shepherd’s Bush in west London was suddenly shut after owners Affinity Bars and Restaurants pulled the plug on the popular gastropub earlier this summer. But the establishment which dates back to the early nineteenth century and was once renowned as a gin palace is set to get a news lease of life after the Three Cheers Pub Co. chain came to the rescue. The new owners have promised extensive renovations and a reopening date in November. Embed from Getty Images A statement on Three Cheers website confirmed the reopening date: “We plan to re-open in November 2017 after a full makeover. The Princess Victoria will boast a new front terrace in addition to an elegant bar and dining room, stunning private room and courtyard garden. As befits this historic public house, an impressive list of over forty beers and one hundred gins will complement a carefully chosen wine list and seasonal British …

Chelsea Tractor is Really King of the Road in … Chelsea

Chelsea Tractors really are the best car marque money can buy in the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea according to research from classified ad website CarGurus.  They indeed rule the roads from the King’s Road to Kensington High Street. Coveted for their rugged beauty, durability, sturdiness and for navigating those muddy pot-holes across Cadogan Street and pulling through the ponds on Pont Street. How can anyone go wrong? Even Tamara Ecclestone, that model of modesty, has a customised white model with TAMARA written in the same type as the marque. Ah, and Victoria Beckham helped design a model some years ago. CarGurus spokeswoman Sarah Welch said: “This data shows that the Chelsea tractor isn’t just a stereotype, but actually is the vehicle of choice for those lucky enough to live in the prestigious Royal Borough. “While the BMW 3 Series looks like a firm favourite amongst other wealthy districts, it’s also interesting to see wider UK shopping patterns emerge, such as residents in Coventry staying loyal to their local Jaguar manufacturer.” Some old money …