SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: James Middleton makes public appeal for help after thieves steal his beloved, £2,000 dog bike
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother, James (above), was devastated yesterday when he disclosed that the £2,000 bike he uses to transport his dogs around London has been nicked.
The 32-year-old entrepreneur, who has previously spoken of how his canine companions — Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel — have helped him through difficult times, revealed: ‘Sadly, my dog bike got stolen. Ella & Co are devastated. Taking the dogs out on the bike brings me so much joy and to all those we meet on the way. There is CCTV which is being investigated, but would love to find it.’
The Chelsea resident plans to make a public appeal about the theft on Instagram, and adds that if his post gains 15,000 likes, he will make a donation to Battersea Dogs’ Home.
James Middleton, pictured left with his dog carrying bicycle has expressed his devastation at losing the utilitarian machine. He said his dogs enjoyed their time riding with him through Chelsea. He said he hoped he would be able to find the bike
Salma and a shrimp suit
Hollywood beauty Salma Hayek, who starred in the Oscar-winning film, Frida, knows how to command attention both on screen and off.
While on holiday in the South of France this week, the 52-year-old, who is married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, shared a picture of herself devouring seafood.
‘This is how jarochas (girls from Veracruz) eat shrimp,’ writes the Mexican-born brunette.
But it wasn’t so much her dining etiquette as her £290 Gucci red swimsuit that attracted fans’ attention. ‘How have you not aged in 25 years?’ asked one.
Salma Hayek, pictured, shared a picture on Instagram showing how to enjoy a shrimp
Being chatelaine of a country pile like Woburn, famed for its wildlife park, is not all garden parties.
The Duchess of Bedford, who assumed responsibility for half the 42-acre Abbey Gardens at Woburn when she wed the 15th Duke, is inundated with requests from the public for lion droppings.
The reason? It’s good for scaring cats away from gardens. But the Duchess has had to disappoint her correspondents. ‘It works well,’ she admits, ‘but it has been reclassified as clinical waste so needs to be incinerated.’
Currently enjoying the unlikely role of a Lincolnshire police chief in the new television series Wild Bill, Hollywood star Rob Lowe has set his heart on starring in another ITV show.
‘I kept stalking Julian Fellowes to put me in Downton Abbey — but that didn’t happen,’ Lowe says of the costume drama’s creator.
‘There’s so much good work being done over here. In the States, all anybody can wait for is the next big thing to come out of Britain on TV.’
His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman admits his creativity is inspired by chaos. ‘My writing desk is immensely cluttered, but I can’t work any other way,’ he says.
‘It’s full of bits and pieces I can’t work without, such as my little barometer my son gave me, a stone bear somebody else gave me, a piece of string I might need for something one day, my old Afghan hat that I keep my pens in, and my penknife for whittling bits of wood that I find lying around my desk.’