Dec 13, 2013

British bites, from Nigella to snooker

Crikey's writer-at-large returns to London, where he finds plenty of courtroom drama -- and a snooker tournament for the ages.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Nigella Lawson

To London now, where your correspondent has landed afresh and, so as all the better to fit in, acquired a chest infection, more or less straight out of Heathrow. Residence in Soho proved impossible, so I have retired instead to Shoreditch, the impossibly hip armpit of East London, once a dead zone of warehouses, dusty shops and the New Statesman offices. Now it is wall-to-wall galleries, bars and design bookshops, all staffed by young men styled like Engels. Christmas is upon us. Sadly, it’s all a bit Brooklyn, but it beats Crapston, SE23.

In the Old Bailey, the trial of two Italian housekeepers working for domestic goddess Nigella Lawson has thrown a light on the lifestyles of the rich and famous and smug. Lawson, who recently gained a rapid divorce from Thatcherite adman and “art” “collector” Charles Saatchi — after the latter was pap-snapped with his hands round her throat during an argument in the front of a hip restaurant. Pap culture being what it is, the incident provoked a debate on domestic violence (in a way that the murder of three women a week, every week, somehow failed to), since nothing can be discussed in the UK without being mediated through a celebrity life. Saatchi’s defence was grimly funny — he argued that he was trying to clear her nose of cocaine.

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6 thoughts on “British bites, from Nigella to snooker

  1. paddy

    Gold koala stamp for best segue of the year.
    Plus bonus points for the 147 link.

  2. Andrew McMillen

    Thanks for mentioning the ‘maximum break’ – I’d never heard of it, until now. That video is extraordinary.

  3. zut alors

    ‘…Oldfield’s defence against deportation was that Australia was a racist country — true, but god, the man is a tool — where his wife would be made to drive taxis on Manus Island…’

    Nice one, Guy. Sad to admit but this bloke actually pushed me a short distance in the direction of elitism. I’d vowed it would never happen.

  4. Clytie

    I’m sorry: Pot Black always put me to sleep. However, I can enjoy reading Rundle on Snooker, so maybe it was the style…

  5. AR

    The utterly repellent Ja’mie Dungpole in the Speccie did a nice riff of Niggie’s “did coke coupla times but dint like it”. More fun however was the apoplectic comment thread.

  6. Graham R

    Ah yes, Balham…the Peter Sellers monologue.

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