Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bushy Tales

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bushy Tales

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Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE

Saatchi and Saatchi

Many thought Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson's nuptials were low key because of the tycoon's aversion to publicity. But I learnt that if a civil ceremony had taken place in the couple's Eaton Square home, it would have made the house available to other matrimonially inclined members of the public under terms of the Marriage Act. But Charles Saatchi, famed in the past for his love of go-karting, swerved round the problem by getting married in a Jewish ceremony which is exempt from the public access terms.

An audience with the Godfather

There was backstage drama during Vanessa Redgrave's Tony-winning Broadway performance of Long Day's Journey Into Night. My man in the Big Apple reports that she grew so tired of receiving compliments from well-wishers she declared she wouldn't see anyone that night 'no matter how famous'. Minutes later la Redgrave annulled her ban when Al Pacino arrived to pay his respects. A visit from the Godfather, it would seem, is an offer she couldn't refuse.

Bragging rights

In an audacious attempt to steal a unique piece of Arsenal FC memorabilia, a thief tried to remove a framed letter written by Melvyn Bragg on House of Lords paper explaining the origins of the word Arsenal. The letter had been positioned in pride of place on the memorabilia wall of the San Daniele del Friuli in Highbury Park, a restaurant popular with Arsenal players and supporters such as Anthony Holden, Simon Schama, and Sir Frank Kermode.

Witnesses claim to have seen a woman removing the letter and running for the door only to be wrestled to the floor by an attentive waiter. Are Lord Bragg's words that priceless?

The Big Apple of her eye

Is Kate Winslet planning to up sticks and move to Manhattan? The pregnant actress has enrolled her daughter Mia at a nursery at New York's Chelsea Piers, a scenic complex overlooking the river, and not far from Sam Mendes' new luxury apartment. …

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