EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Whitehall’s specialist gongs unit now has an unprecedented five inventories to deal with as King Charles’s birthday honours loom
Feverishly compiling King Charles’s birthday honours, due in June, Whitehall’s specialist gongs unit now has an unprecedented five inventories to deal with. These include the Queen’s Demise List, expected to be published in April on what would have been her 97th birthday. Then there’s Boris’s already delayed commendations in addition to Liz ‘Blink and you’ll miss me’ Truss’s resignation list. And now the gong boffins are also preparing Charles’s Coronation Honours List. Working in the Honours Unit – a usually sedate Whitehall bivouac – was once regarded as a ‘cushy number’. Not any more!
Feverishly compiling King Charles’s birthday honours, due in June, Whitehall’s specialist gongs unit now has an unprecedented five inventories to deal with
Former SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford takes another swipe at Boris after being accused of leaking details of the then PM’s 2020 holiday in his Scottish constituency. He now claims that Boris stayed in a tent while his security detail slept in an adjoining house. ‘What he didn’t realise was the field belonged to someone else,’ mewls Blackford. ‘And he had not asked for permission to be in the field – so he was trespassing.’ Revenge, like some versions of haggis, is best served cold, Ian.
Bake Off madonna Prue Leith, 82, turns the heat to gas mark ten accusing fellow judge Paul Hollywood, 56, of ageism.
‘He says “Come on, dearie” and pretends I need help coming down the stairs and that I dribble and that I can’t hear,’ she wails.
‘Paul also goes on about how I like booze. It’s true – I do. But he’s got the whole world thinking I’m an absolute drunk, which is not quite true.’
She adds: ‘It’s true I am much older than him but he goes on as if I was his great grandmother!’
Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom has fond memories of his early appearance in the ITV crime series Midsomer Murders. ‘I had just finished drama school,’ he recalls. ‘I was asked if I wanted to get a bit of experience on camera. I said “Yes.” It was a brief appearance – his character was stabbed to death with a pitchfork. ‘The pitchfork I will never forget,’ he adds. ‘The way that I die on that thing is hilarious.’
Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom (right) has fond memories of his early appearance in the ITV crime series Midsomer Murders
Famous for effusively welcoming diners to her Michelin-starred River Cafe Italian restaurant in London, Ruth Rogers, keen to sample Keith McNally’s food at Balthazar in New York, was delighted when a woman approached her raving about River Cafe. She tells the New Yorker: ‘The manager said “That was an actor we hired. Keith wanted you to feel really welcome.”’ Compare McNally’s treatment of TV host James Corden. He was barred, unbarred and then barred again after allegedly being rude to a server.
Former BBC director-general Greg Dyke’s refusal to cover the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday reminds royal commentator Christopher Wilson of an encounter with him at a Hampshire hooley before he got the DG job. ‘I told him I’d just made a documentary on the royals,’ recalls Wilson. ‘Dressed in his evening finery, he jokingly snapped back, “They should all be ruddy well lined up against a wall and shot.”’ Christopher, acclaimed for his Camilla biography, waved away paramedics and was back on his feet in no time!
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