The final edition of News of the World, publis...

The final edition of News of the World, published on 10 July 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A jury in the phone hacking trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson and six other defendants will be chosen today at the Old Bailey. The trial is expected to last up to six months…barring any interruptions from phone hackers! A group of 80 potential jurors were gathered in an effort to find 12 who could hear the case in its entirety. Of the 80 potential jurors, 48 were excused  because of commitments including holidays or work. From the remaining 32, 12 will be  chosen at  random today to serve as the jury.

Brooks and Coulson, both former editors of  the News of  the World, are accused of being part of a six-year conspiracy to hack phones of celebrities, politicians and public figures at the now defunct Sunday tabloid. Brooks, who resigned from News International in July 2011, denies charges relating to phone hacking, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, namely, the permanent removal of seven boxes of archived material from the archive of News International.

Will justice be seen to be done? My concern is that during the lengthy trial, Rebekah Brooks’s flowing red locks…the source of her magic power…might reached the courtroom floor, causing the woman to exert an undue influence over the jury! Should La Brooks eventually be found guilty of several alleged offences, her hair should be shorn, a saw should be taken to her broomstick, her witches coven disbanded, her book of spells burnt, only to be replaced with The Great British Bake Off annual. Brooks should then be forced to bake…kneading dough until her fingers are red raw! Rebekah darling, you’ve been a naught girl, a very naughty girl indeed…allegedly! Oh, could I borrow your mobile phone?


BBC TV Centre

BBC TV Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve just been informed that Paul Hollywood, 49, the co-presenter/judge of phenomenally successful BBC prog. ‘The Great British Bake Off,’ is allegedly having it off with his co-presenter on the U.S. version of the show, Marcela Valladolid, 34. Oh why am I the last to hear these things? Anyway, I have no strong opinion on the subject of infidelity, other to say this. Once the U.S. series is over, I wonder if Mr Hollywood will scurry off back to his wife leaving Ms Valladolid with a going away present…a BUN in the OVEN, gas mark 9 months?


English: MasterChef Logo

English: MasterChef Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you noticed how many cookery shows there are on TV? Masterchef, The Great British Bake Off, Hairy Bikers, Country Cook Show Off, Saturday Kitchen…etc. I don’t know what effect these shows are supposed to have on one, but all I want to do is eat, not cook!