Friday, February 22, 2008

London's Free Dailies

Rarely do I remember to pick up a copy of Metro at the Woking train station when I head into London. But in the evening I'm much better about acquiring copies of London Lite and thelondonpaper on my way home, especially since they are handed out along the streets, and by every London tube and train station. These free dailies always begin with top news stories (from local to global), and end with sports. It's the pages in the middle that are the most entertaining, because they're filled with the latest celebrity gossip - who was partying the night before, where they were spotted, what they were wearing, how they were behaving - you get the idea. Here's an especially amusing excerpt from Monday's London Lite....

Em's folks go potty over her razor date

How do you terrify the living daylights out of your strict lawyer parents? Well, hit the town with an ex-junkie rocker 10 years your senior, of course. Harry Potter star Emma Watson's well-to-do folks have banned her from spending time with Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell.

Chris and Jacqueline Watson "went mad" when they saw photos of their 17-year-old daughter partying with the former heroin addict during London Fashion Week last week.

Isn't there a rule about the minimum number of sentences that a paragraph must contain? Like more than one? But thanks to numerous such stories that are short on words and long on photos, I'm more "in the know" than I have been for years. (FYI - Johnny's last girlfriend was Kirsten Dunst, and she ended up in rehab.) I could go on...but I won't.

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