The first time I met Ghislaine Maxwell was in the mid-eighties. She was the fabulously wealthy and sophisticated daughter of the powerful media mogul Robert Maxwell, who got on and off at the parties he held in his Mirror offices in London.
I was a humble manager when he launched The London Daily News. She flew in with a private helicopter, I got the subway. It dripped in designer clothes and diamonds, I was draped in Topshop.
Only three years separated us, and I remember that there was a lot to admire about their elegance, self-confidence and ambition, and their extravagant attitude, which was remarkable even in the hedonistic eighties.
Most of the time when I met Ghislaine, she always clung to Daddy. No one knew exactly what she was actually doing, other than looking stunning, being funny, and decorating daddy's parties, to which the rich and influential flocked like flies.
The first time I met Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured with Jeffrey Epstein) was in the mid-eighties. She was the nifty daughter of the powerful media mogul Robert Maxwell, who got on and off at the parties he held in his Mirror offices in London
As we now know, her ability to gracefully house and ingratiate herself with the rich and powerful would become her trademark and last her whole life.
"Captain" Bob Maxwell demonstrated it as a valuable possession. He creepily named his yacht after her – she was the youngest of his nine children. The description of daddy's girl has never been more appropriate. But then he died from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, and it turned out that his realm was built on smoke and mirrors and that he had looted the Spiegel pension funds in a monstrous way to fuel the lavish lifestyle , who had become a shattered Ghislaine.
Did this other monster, pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, become her new father figure and showered her with the wealth Captain Bob had taught her? It turned out that she had £ 18million in 15 bank accounts.
Was this tainted money and the status it conferred so important to her that she gave up all moral scruples, took care of girls he abused in return, and even participated in the abuse?
Only time will tell if the terrible charge against them is true. But what we do know – and this is by no means an attempt to relieve her – is that daddy girl Ghislaine worshiped her father's lying, fraudulent, and bullying psychopath.
And that his grotesque influence could well explain why she became the most hunted woman in the world.
Tragic teaching of NHS deaths
The 2009 image of Rhiannon Davies holding her newborn daughter Kate six hours before her death is heartbreaking enough. But then to find out that the baby's death at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital was "avoidable", Rhiannon's agony is unimaginable.
An investigation into the death of Rhiannon Davies & # 39; s newborn daughter Kate at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital was "avoidable" (both pictured in 2009).
Dozens of babies and mothers died there from 1979 to 2017 due to serious deficiencies, but it took 40 years for a full investigation to begin.
This happens when we treat our NHS as a sacred cow.
Maureen Lipman, 74, says: "My face may slope slightly south, but I honestly think that all young men around me think I'm 36 – I'm a 'slightly older' woman – because that's how I feel feel. & # 39;
In her honor, Maureen added: "My nature is to make people laugh."
- For the overwhelming Pamela Anderson, lying in bed with a glass of champagne on her stomach to cheer us all up, and the perfect pose for all of us struggling with selfies and desperately trying to hide our Covid bellies.
- To BBC Radio 5 Live's coronavirus representative, Adrian Chiles, who, despite being one of her smartest stations, still can't get a daily slot – probably because he committed the unforgivable sin in beeb, white, male, straight, and to be medium-old.
- And a greeting to the idiots who worked out the new rules for the opening of our churches tomorrow – and insisted on "disposable hymn sheets" when they already forbade us to sing hymns.
A yard of a fib!
Supermodel Elle & # 39; The Body & # 39; Macpherson, 56, poses in a bikini on the cover of Red Magazine and says she doesn't worry about aging or what she looks like.
"I am much more interested in my well-being. Wellness enables people to spread self-confidence and charisma. It is this inner vitality that people find attractive, ”she says.
Elle & # 39; The Body & # 39; Macpherson, 56, says she is not concerned about aging or her appearance, but is much more interested in her well-being
Only a woman in her mid-50s who still looks hot can say such nonsense.
If self-confidence and charisma were all that was needed to decorate the cover of a glamor magazine in your 50s, our beloved blonde Vanessa Feltz would be there tomorrow.
Psychologists show that those who watch disaster films in which the world collapses under a terrible threat to humanity are better equipped to survive pandemics like Covid-19.
Now that I've seen almost all 32 Godzilla films from 1954 to 2019, some more than once, I've also learned when to run and what to store. "We believe that people learn on behalf of what to buy," said the researchers, "with the exception of toilet paper."
With Leicester closed on "Super Saturday" today, the police are concerned about how residents who drive to the pubs in nearby Nottingham can be put to the test.
Surely they just have to get the landlords to play Leicester City's anthem Leicester Till I Die – and then kick everyone who sings them?
Jenni Murray spoke about her searingly honest book Fat Cow, Fat Chance, which we serialized in the mail and describes how she used bariatric surgery. She had some advice for positive body movement.
Jenni Murray (above) had some advice on positive body movement when she talked about her scorching honest book Fat Cow, Fat Chance
"I hate shaming fat, but I know how dangerous it can be to be desperately obese. I want these young women who are very brave about obesity to understand what it's like when you're in your sixties and can't get around and get type 2 diabetes. & # 39;
Well done, Jenni. Even if you dare to give the body positive girls friendly advice, you need courage.
- Nicola Sturgeon has done everything possible to prevent the UK tourism industry from reopening, and even said English visitors could be quarantined when entering Scotland. Tourism contributes £ 6 billion to the Scottish economy, more than half of it from British visitors. Talk about how you shoot yourself in the Sporran.
- After being released for retweeting anti-Semitic views, Labor's former education spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey said she "never intended to hurt anyone." Should she now apologize to the children, especially those from poorer backgrounds after supporting militant teacher unions, preventing the students from going back to school?
Boris Johnson announced his New Deal and joined President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who saved America after the Great Depression.
The similarity certainly ends here. Unlike Boris, Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down.
Pierce Brosnan was arguably the most polite, sexual 007 in four films, and says that once you've played Bond, he defines you forever.
Dear Brosnan like me – I do, I do, I do, I do – it's not true. His horrible singing in Mamma Mia! banished all memories. . . forever.
Pierce Brosnan says that once you've played Bond, it defines you forever. But it's not true for Brosnan because his "horrific" singing in Mamma Mia! banished all memories. . . forever
Vernon Kay, host of Family Fortunes, says Lockdown made his marriage to Strictlys Tess Daly stronger than ever because they had time to reconnect.
This has nothing to do with the fact that it is more difficult around the clock with the woman in the house to sneak up to sexting with a glamor model. . .
Kate was great, Meghan!
How sad the Duchess of Sussex felt "unprotected" by the royal family when she was pregnant with Archie. Didn't she know we were overjoyed that Harry was becoming a father to the woman he loved and that we were so happy that she seemed to be blooming?
Poor Kate, her sister-in-law, had a much more difficult time during her pregnancy. She was insulted for not appearing at royal engagements when, unknown to us, she suffered from such severe morning sickness that she was hospitalized.
But Kate never complained – instead, she turned into the Royals' greatest asset.
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