Guardian columnist

Tiger Woods’ friendship with Michael Jordan one of many curious aspects of golfing great

irishtimes.com — If you ever have a spare couple of hours, may I recommend a hilarious novella called The Underminer: Or, The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life. A masterclass in passive aggression, it is told in the form of a series of monologues from one "friend" to another over a number of years.

With friends like Michael Jordan, who needs enemies?

theguardian.com — If you ever have spare couple of hours, may I recommend a hilarious novella called The Underminer: Or, The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life. A masterclass in passive aggression, it is told in the form of a series of monologues from one "friend" to another over a number of years.

God save Her Majesty, the Queen of irrelevance

theguardian.com — There is no sillier location in the Venn diagram than the intersection of "people who are royalists" with "people who think the crown should miss out Prince Charles and go straight to Prince William". How in the name of porphyria-by-proxy can they be both?

Behold, Darth Workshy: Prince William’s busy day on the Star Wars set

theguardian.com — To Pinewood Studios, and a picture best captioned: "OH GOD JUST BRING BACK THE EFFING TRADE FEDERATION". The snap is datelined Tuesday, when Prince William was green-screened into the appearance of doing a day's work by the state-of-the-art special effects team on the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

OJ Simpson's post-prison plan: keeping up with Kris Jenner?

theguardian.com — Even accounting for the act that a scientific 51 percent of celebrity journalism is fan fiction, I am struck by a particularly hallucinogenic headline in the Sun. "OJ out to date Kris Jenner," this reads , above a story suggesting that OJ Simpson has clear plans for courtship when he becomes eligible for parole next year.

Jamie Vardy fallout: asking referee to explain himself will not stop hysteria

theguardian.com — I am thrilled beyond measure to discover that we live in the very last days of toxic howling about refereeing decisions. Enjoy it all while you can - the debates, the death threats, the sense that football is a rolling perma-inquiry into one set of standards or another.

We let Jim Davidson quit Britain - we can’t lose Ken Livingstone too

theguardian.com — What type of public figure threatens to leave Britain if it votes one way or another in something or other? The question is obviously rhetorical. We all know what that type is. It's just that we don't use the word in the Guardian unless it's in reported speech.

Drone-hacking: the scourge of sunbathing celebrities

theguardian.com — Have phone-hackers retrained as what we might call drone-hackers? Lost in Showbiz is moved to ask after TV personality, literary market-mover and pending national treasure Richard Madeley suffered a close encounter in his Cornwall garden this week.

Clear your diary - the anti-Europe pop gig is off

theguardian.com — Once more, dear hipsters, to the Brexit concert - or Bpoplive as it is catchily entitled. This is the event scheduled for 8 May at Birmingham's 16,000-capacity NEC, which the Grassroots Out campaign promised would intersperse Brexit-pushing speakers with some of "Britain's hottest artists".

How Kevin Pietersen could prove himself the master of reinvention

theguardian.com — "Before I met Jeanine," Spinal Tap's David St Hubbins once reflected, "my life was cosmically a shambles. I was using bits and pieces of whatever eastern philosophy would drift through my transom." I imagine Kevin Pietersen was much the same before settling down himself, in the years when he was spiritually advised by the likes of discredited former Hampshire maharishi Shane Warne.
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Apr 28, 2016

@RonCashman no, you stated that it was a Guardian story born of preference for PC failure. I countered that because you are entirely wrong.

Apr 28, 2016

@RonCashman it's a Mail story. He sneers at Paralympians - but evidently you admire that

Apr 28, 2016

Agree with this - her journey to Parlt was extraordinary and this could begin a new chapter twitter.com/stephenpollard…

Apr 28, 2016

@BryanAppleyard which, given wild inhospitability of the island, would knowingly have been a death sentence for most deported there

Apr 28, 2016

To all the anti-"Zionists" in my mentions: can you (showing your working) tell me which other horrid govts you tweet a 100th as much about?To all the anti-"Zionists" in my mentions: can you (showing your working) tell me which other horrid govts you tweet a 100th as much about?

Apr 28, 2016

@mePadraigReidy Hahahaha not at all - though today is made for Mel Brooks treatment


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