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Was there anyone NOT on the game?

We speak of the Paris Hiltons, Rihanas and Tiger Woodses but the extent of it stretches way back in the entertainment world.

What began as a look at Bob Hope, a notoriously evil muvver, if only for his publicly documented behaviour, let alone the unpublished parts, soon got onto Hollywood and then names started pouring out – from Cary Grant to Warren Beatty and all of those and the women too.

The list is mindboggling, to the extent the question is – was there anyone not skanky, not a walking disease centre? Possibly Jimmy Stewart? Most of these are women but for every woman, there were men and often other women. And men.

Norma Jean – $500 per day, plus porn, plus the rest
Joan Crawford – porn films, house calls.
Kim Novak – arrested for prostitution in Chicago
Barbara Eden & Tina Louise – sketchy details
Veronica Lake – hooker in NYC
Sophia Loren – known among clients as “La Simpatica”
Raquel Welch – well known in Tijuana, also porn
Joan Collins – high class prostitute in Hollywood at 17, started the Heidi Fleiss ring
Nancy Davis [Reagan] – former “Hostess Girl”, pregnant when she married Ronnie Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone – high-class prostitute, $1000 per hour
Michelle Pfeiffer – prostitute & casting-couch, “professional girlfriend”
Julia Roberts – a known-known for her speciality
Geena Davis – hooker
Rene Russo – high class call girl, bi
Catherine Zeta Jones – $10,000 her highest paid romp in London,”personal marketing” in Las Vegas
Salma Hayek – escorting the night she met Stern
Halle Berry – kept woman for a few years
Denise Richards – former Heidi Fleiss girl
Shannon Doherty – former Heidi Fleiss girl, model for porn mags
Victoria Principal – with pimp Bernie Cornfeld for Heidi Fleiss for sometime
Stephanie Kramer – ex-Heidi Fleiss
Irene Cara – busted on a streetcorner
Candy Spelling – high class call girl
Victoria Sellers – ex-Heidi Fleiss
Clara Bow – well known but the football team was an exaggeration
Joan Crawford – “Slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie”, “Queen of the Casting Couch”
Audrey Hepburn – JFK
Zsa Zsa Gabor – “The most expensive courtesan since Mme de Pompadour”
Grace Kelly – Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, “screwed anything that moved”
Ava Gardner – “The world’s most exciting animal”, habitue of the casting couch
Jacqueline Kennedy – oral legend
Brigitte Bardot – porn model since 14
Catherine Deneuve – young boys, leather
Jane Fonda – even canine
Farrah Fawcett – known known, cokehead.…

It’s all bull

My attitude to things past and passed is not unlike yours – we see histories, we don’t know as we weren’t there, we either take on trust or we don’t.

There are glimpses.  And there are persistent legends which are only legends because of the passing of time and only myths because we choose to apply atheistic principles to everything we don’t understand, mistaking this prejudice for “scientific scepticism”.

I call it three wise monkeys.  Some tales though come down persistently, through many cultures and pop up in their literature and scripture all the time.  The Arthurian romance is one of those.

One is “the bulls of Bashan”.   I looked this up and was amazed how different pundits, with their own prejudices, wanted to fit these tales to their thesis.  So, Psalm 22 becomes an allegory for Jesus.  Now it may or may not presage Jesus – difficult to argue otherwise with verse 18: They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.…

Monkey magic

passionate primate

One of the best shows of all time had to have been Monkey, from 1978/9. Meant to be a children’s programme about Tripitaka and the long journey, some of you will remember something appealing particularly to adults with a sense of the absurd and the witty line.


Monkey (孫 悟空 Son Gokū?), the title character, is described in the theme song as being “born from an egg on a mountain top”; a stone egg and thus he is a stone monkey, a skilled fighter who becomes a brash king of a monkey tribe, who, the song goes on to claim, was “the punkiest monkey that ever popped”.

He achieved a little enlightenment, and proclaimed himself “Great Sage, Equal of Heaven”.

After demanding the “gift” of a magical staff from a powerful Dragon king, and to quiet the din of his rough antics on Earth, Monkey is approached by Heaven to join their host, first in the lowly position of Master of the Stable (manure disposal), and then—after his riotous complaints—as “Keeper of the Peach Garden of Immortality”.

Yet another lot of moaning writers

Haiku brings us:

Just when I thought Amazon Derangement Syndrome couldn’t get any more acute, I woke up to this“letter to our readers” spearheaded by bestselling writer Douglas Preston and signed by 69 authors. One day, historians and psychologists might manage to explain how various authors came to fear and revile a company that has sold more books than anyone in history; that pays authors up to nearly six times the royalties of the New York “Big Five” lockstep rate; that single-handedly created the ebook and self-publishing markets; that offers more choice and better prices to more readers than anyone ever has before; and that consistently ranks as one of the world’s most admired companies. But for now, let’s see if we can figure it out ourselves…

Yawn – is it even worth, dear reader, going into whatever it was they were unhappy about?  The line about “Amazon derangement syndrome” was pretty good though.…