Prince George who recently turned two on July 22 has been going around telling anyone who will listen he is three according to his mother the Duchess of Cambridge. This startling revelation was made by Kate Middleton whilst visiting the headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth according to a report in the People magazine.
“Hello Princess, my name is Freddie Wilson,” Freddie declared. When Middleton asked him how old he was, he answered, “I’m three,” according to Freddie’s mother, Wendy Maxwell. When Maxwell corrected that Freddie was actually just two, Middleton said, “George says that. He thinks he’s older.”
Beckhams’ Favourite Charity Shop Burgled
The Red Cross shop branch where David and Victoria donated their entire wardrobes last year has suffered a nasty break-in. A violin was stolen in the burglary which lasted a few seconds according to a Red Cross source but glass was strewn all over the small shop which houses the charity’s homeware and interiors section. The charity shop on Chelsea’s Old Church Street used to be London’s best kept secret for savvy bargain hunters until being propelled into the media glare following Posh and Becks’ generosity. And now this … but will the Beckhams respond again? Meanwhile the donations have not stopped pouring in from Cheyne Walk and environs for London’s poshest charity shop.
East End Boy, West End Stardust
Down-to-earth: Bailey blends into the crowd and his portrait of the Queen
PAT had to do a double-take when he passed an old man sat in a doorway on Duke Street (opposite Selfridges) recently. You could have mistaken the ‘artfully dishevelled’ man covered in stubbles for the growing population of West End vagrants. But the Leica and piercing stare was a dead giveaway.
David Bailey, 77, one of Britain’s eminent photographers sits cross-legged in a shopfront without a care watching the world go by. It was he, the East End boy who gatecrashed the world of the Cecil Beatons and turned photography into the glamorous world of Supermodels, tantrums and hedonism. Bailey’s Stardust was one of the National Portrait Gallery’s most-visited retrospectives in 2014 and has since transferred to National Galleries Scotland. A gentleman, he obliges to a portrait with not as much as a whimper. A faint smile crosses his lips as PAT tells him: “This doesn’t happen everyday.” Well, Bailey facing the camera.
Candy-Stripe Woman 😢 RBKC 1
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea legal eagles are heaving a sigh of relief after its new basement policy was ruled lawful. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, who owns the world-famous candy-stripe townhouse and the appropriately-named Basement Force Limited had sought to test the council’s new policy in the courts after she was ordered to repaint her house. A council spokesman said: “We’re obviously pleased and relieved that the Judge has rejected this appeal.
“Our policy brings some much-needed sanity to the mega-basement mania and finds the proper balance between subterranean development and the right of the rest of the community to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.
“It’s a policy that has already been the subject of two years’ of consultation, debate and legal argument. And it is also a policy that is very popular and being copied by others. It deserves to stand.” Ruling in the latter dispute is expected in December.
Rip-off Rickshaws Take Tourists for a Really Expensive Ride
Westminster Council has been forced to issue a strong statement after footage surfaced online of a rickshaw driver arguing and demanding £206 from passengers for a journey from Oxford Street to Marble Arch. A policeman is seen exclaiming at the amount as the rickshaw operator seems to justify the charges: “Ten pounds a minute per passenger.” Thankfully the Council seem to take a different view (and so would many right-thinking persons).
Cllr. Richard Beddoe, Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for city management, said: “We are truly shocked at the audacity shown in this video. We have long argued for greater regulation and licensing on rickshaws, not only to avoid clear rip offs like this, but to reduce congestion and improve safety on our streets.”
“All too often we see rickshaws riding onto pavements through crowds of pedestrians or blocking off major roads like Regent Street. It has to stop and the Government has to act to give London more power to regulate this trade.” Welcome to super-prime London as rickshaws join property speculators on the gravy train.
- London Mayor Boris Johnson recently got into another spot of bother riding along in North Kensington. He gave his wife Marina Wheeler a lift or a ‘Boris Backie’ oblivious it was against the law to do so, great bike-lover that he is. He’s since however apologised. His official spokesman said: “The mayor wishes to apologise for offering his wife a short-lived lift on the back of his bike!”He was unaware that he was apparently in contravention of the Road and Traffic Act. He wasn’t intending to ride all the way home from North Kensington to North London with Marina on the back; rather he was attempting to transport his wife to a main road, from where they hailed a black cab for her. “As everyone knows the mayor is a huge supporter of cycling, and an even bigger fan of the black cab trade, hence his desire to combine the two!”
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