I sat eyeball to eyeball with Alastair Campbell last week. The occasion was the Harrogate Business Luncheon where he had just given a talk pushing his new book, Winners - And How They Succeed.We were sitting knee to knee as people round us squeezed in to shake his hand. But I was ready for battle.Up close, Campbell seemed less scary than in his heyday as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications and Strategy when he was the most feared spin doctor in the land.The skin hung thin but loose from his face and his eyes looked warm.“The last time I did this was with Ken Livingstone,” I proclaimed. “He gave me 45 minutes,” I quickly added.“Well, you’re not getting me for that. You’ve got five minutes,” the new, mellower version of the man who, allegedly ‘sexed up’ the Iraq Dossier told me.I didn’t know what to say when someone in the office suggested we write a story about the launch of Fifty Shades of Grey at the … [Read more...] about Dear Reader: Weekend Editor on politics and 50 Shades of Grey
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Video The StandenMay hair salon in Magdalen Street, Norwich, is being repainted followed a dispute with Norwich City Council about the colour of the building. Picture: Victoria Pertusa Archant Repainting has begun at a hair salon whose owners chose the wrong shade of grey during a revamp. The StandenMay hair salon in Magdalen Street, Norwich, is being repainted followed a dispute with Norwich City Council about the colour of the building. Picture: Victoria PertusaStandenMay salon, in Magdalen Street in Norwich, was ordered by the city council to change the colour of its exterior after it was coloured in an unapproved shade.Decorators Prime Finish and scaffolders Torque were enlisted for the repainting, which started on Sunday and coincided with the salon's second anniversary.After taking over the property from fellow hairdressers The Egg in 2017, owners Paul and Callum Standen-May decided to give the building a lick of paint – but the colour they selected, downpipe … [Read more...] about 50 shades of nay – council forces hair salon to repaint exterior
MEGA-selling `provocative' romance author EL James has revealed that her eldest son was born in Belfast, a city where she once lived and described as "fantastic". Famously discreet about her private [...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about `50 Shades of Grey’ author EL James reveals her first son was born `during happiest year of her life’ in Belfast
E L JAMES describes herself as a mum-of-two, a former TV executive and wife who “dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with”. But who is the Fifty Shades of Grey author – dubbed an “erotica industry mogul” – whose former hobby has resulted in a multi-million-pound entertainment franchise, and what is her new book about? Who is E L James? E L James is the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy. Her books were made into films starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan – with the movies raking in more than a billion dollars at the box office. One of the world’s most famous authors, E L James lives in Ealing, west London, with her husband Niall Leonard, a writer, and their two Westies, according to The New York Times. She told the paper that “writing used to be my hobby”. The NYT points out that, over the past eight years, her so-called hobby has transformed into a huge entertainment franchise. … [Read more...] about Who is E L James, what is the Fifty Shades Of Grey author’s new book about and what is her real name?
The woman was reported trying to recreate a scene from the film Fifty Shades. Photo: Deposit Photos. Officers from Spain’s National Police force on the island of Tenerife came to the rescue of a woman who was tied up to recreate a sex scene from the erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey". The woman, who has not been identified, was discovered alone in a parked car near Las Teresitas in Tenerife, a nudist beach that is popular with swingers and `people who enjoy watching or engaging in outdoor sex (an activity known colloquially as "dogging"). The woman was gagged with tape, her wrists tied up with cable ties and she was struggling to breathe. According to local media on Tenerife, the woman told police that she "did not have a partner" and had been “trying to recreate an S&M scene from 50 Shades of Grey” - a hugely popular erotic novel trilogy by E L James that was turned into films starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. The alarm was raised … [Read more...] about Woman rescued trying to recreate ’50 Shades’ scene in Tenerife beach car park