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Tony Blair - Z lister

Care of the Miami Herald:

"On the Miami Beach celebrity scale of J.Lo to your Aunt Hadassah at the Hebrew Home, British Prime Minister Tony Blair ranks somewhere around that homeless guy on Lincoln Road who wears a Santa suit all year round ...No paparazzi. No autograph hounds. Not even protesters against the war in Iraq, Blair's support of which has made him about as popular back home as Jack the Ripper".

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Anonymous peter hitchens said... 1:29 pm

has anybody else noticed , but tony always seems to holiday or work with sexualy ambiguous people?
Odd then that he doesnt get on with gordon.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:10 pm

Phitch - Is Berlusconi sexually ambigious?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:15 pm

Not that I'm aware of, but hair plugs are not very manly.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:18 pm

People should click on the article to read it. It's well-written and catty.  

Anonymous peter hitchens said... 3:21 pm

Phitch - Is Berlusconi sexually ambigious?
A 70 year old man in a bandana and full makeup who isnt keith richards?
He is also Italian , that lot find a quick slip into bisexuality a very easy move.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:47 pm

I don't think Italian men slip into bisexuality. People say that about English men. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Arabs, yes.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:49 pm

Disclaimer: Whenever I say anything unpleasant about Arabs, which is every time I mention the word "Arab", I exclude the Jordanians, who are among my favourite people in the world.  

Anonymous peter hitchens said... 4:11 pm

Let us also not forget the Turk or the Moroccan, benders all of them.
As to italian men Verity, who do you think uses all those transvestite prostitutes they have so many off?
same with the french.
100 % heterosexuality is a Northern thing (Kirkcaldy excepted)
Croydon and parts of Islington have a chit excluding them from compulsory "Greek practises"  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:41 pm

Remember that crack the odious Edith Cresson made about Anglo-saxons all being gay? John Major, in a rare outbreak of wit noted that the UK had a higher birth rate than France...  

Blogger istanbultory said... 6:01 pm

I do wonder if Bliar and 'Mandy' Mandelson have ever (cough) spent a holiday together.
Hitchens, you should see Rio De Janeiro wherein *ambiguity* is par the course.....The Greeks are no different.
Verity, fine people the Jordanians. Unlike the rest (possible exception of Tunisians)....  

Anonymous verity said... 6:24 pm

Yes, Stamboul Tory, the Jordanians are friendly, witty, funny, kindly. Mark Steyn said something along the lines of (these are not his words) their chief export is witty, engaging, urbane intellectuals. I attended a conference in Amman once (ahem, in the palace) chaired by the then-Crown Prince Hassan and he was such a quick-witted chair, and so amusing, and he knew the participants and their disciplines, so he always knew who to call on to answer any particular a comment. It was a tour de force of brilliant wattage. He was also very funny.

I seriously considered moving there before coming to Mexico, but common sense prevailed over heart.

I didn't know that the Tunisians were similar.  

Anonymous verity said... 7:52 pm

I was just reading the piece in The Mail, about the Gibbs. That wife makes Cherie's old best friend Carole Caplin of the crystals, stone circles and ancient Mayan rebirthing ceremonies look like Miss Jean Brodie.

She's a soi-disant Druid princess and witch and collects pictures of unicorns. Awwwww, isn't that lovely? She's also bisexual and a swinger. The Blairs keep descending one more level, don't they? They're already on the down escalator to the sub-basement of clapped out celebrities. There may yet be a sub-sub-basement for them to sponge off.

A question I haven't seen addressed, why would a Bee Gee and a Mrs Bee Gee want to offer hospitality to people of this quality?  

Anonymous peter hitchens said... 9:05 pm

A question I haven't seen addressed, why would a Bee Gee and a Mrs Bee Gee want to offer hospitality to people of this quality?
They fancied slumming it Verity?
That or they have become so deabauched and jaded that only the sight of the Blairs "on the job" can put the romance back into their marriage.  

Anonymous Verity said... 11:00 pm

Well, Phitch - as debased as they appear to be, the Mr and Mrs Bee Gee have had the good taste to go to London for their hols, leaving their swankienda to the depradations of the hillbillies. Doubtless, Cherie will take away a few mementoes with her - just to preserve fond memories. Remember when she spoke for that children's cancer charity in Sydney, Australia and demanded a third of the takings as her fee? And then the department store offered to let her pick out a gift as they had got publicity through her presence, and she ran through the store like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep? If memory serves, she chose over 30 items and all in different sizes, so she was grabbing free presents for others, so she didn't have to buy any. Thrifty. Presumably she didn't walk through the Green Channel ... Nah!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:37 am

Can't say I'v ever met any Gulf or Levantine arabs, but the Maghrebi folk I've met have been pleasant enough.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:01 pm

The Jordanians aren't just "pleasant enough", they're quite charismatic. (Many of them.)

Of course, there are a lot of Magrebi people in the Languedoc, as you know. As you may also know, the French dislike them intensely, but they reserve the full measure of their Gallic disapproval for the Algerians, whom they loathe. They are slightly more forgiving towards the Moroccans because Moroccan men will take any job, and take pride in being able to support their own family, rather than go on welfare. The Algerians are much given to the welfare option.  

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