The perfect… Hair mask
Carly, Deputy Lifestyle Editor
Ogario Restore And Shine Hair Masque, £26.50
Cheat sheet… A plastic water bottle
- Cut the top off and cover in a strip of wallpaper to turn it into a funky, modern-looking vase. Crafty!
- Fill a couple with uncooked rice and use as weights to boost those biceps and triceps. Clever!
- Turn a mini water bottle into a pencil case. Stash pens inside then do up the lid. Not only does it mean you’ll always be able to find them, but you won’t get ink all over your handbag. Cunning!
What would you call your autobiography?
“45 years of huge mistakes.” Ann Marie, via Facebook
“Sorry Mum, for what you’re about to read!” Claire, via Facebook
“How not to live your life!” Michelle, via Facebook
“Oops, I did it again.” Kristina, via Facebook
“Worth more than cheap knickers!” Susan, via Facebook
“Just five more minutes!” Rochelle, via Facebook
Hey Richard! Tell us about your new project, Boy…
I was asked to mentor a scriptwriting competition by British Airways for the Olympics. The winner was a film called Boy, about a carpenter who maintains the track at the Velodrome and who is grieving for his son, a track cyclist.
Sounds good. What Olympic events will you be watching?
Whatever I can, especially the diving.
Did you get any cheeky tickets?
No! My application was unsuccessful.
What does the E stand for in your name? Eric? Ebenezer?
Nothing. There was an actor with the same name, so I had to put a letter in.
Does anyone ever call you Dick?
Not to my face. But I do get called Reg because of my initials. Julie Walters called me it once and it stuck. I love it.
What was your most showbiz moment of all time?
Working with Meryl Streep on The Iron Lady. She’s a heroine of mine. She got to know everyone’s names and has an incredible sense of humour.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a good egg.
Are eggs your favourite food?
No. I prefer seafood.
Fish eggs? No? Suit yourself. When did you last cry?
An hour ago when I saw the first screening of Boy. It’s very moving.
- Richard is unveiling Boy as part of the BA Great Britons programme. The film will be shown on BA flights in the run-up to the Olympics.
This week, we’re…
1 Watching The Only Way Is Essex
Lauren, Lydia, Nanny Pat and co return. Again. But we’ll still be tuning in. Even if we can’t stop hankering after the return of Mark Wright – in a strictly ironic sense, of course. Tonight, 10pm, ITV2
2 Multiplexing Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (12A)
Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star in this beautifully shot art-house film about a business idea to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen. Strange, but it works. Out Friday
3 Downloading The Only Friends You Need by Flic Everett
This Kindle-only novel explores six friends with very different lives. Can Laura, Maggie, Della, Chris, Matt and Susie remain BFFs forever? Out now (£2.05, Amazon.co.uk)
Date for your diary
Bestival, Isle of Wight September 6-9, 2012
Tickets are now on sale for the last festival of the season. Stevie Wonder headlines, with The XX and New Order playing, too. There’s also an inflatable church and a comedy tent. Tickets cost from £170, Bestival.net.
Is it just us or…
Do you keep some numbers saved in your phone just so you know not to answer when they call?
The moment when… you put your foot in your big mouth. Isn’t it great when you start bonding with your new work buddies? A night out is a chance to get to know each other and to cement your place as the smart, sassy one. As the drink flows, talk turns to boyfriends and, feeling more confident now, you loudly recall the time one of your friends went out with a bloke called Norman. I mean, really, Norman. Norm. Boring Norman. Boring loser Norman. Once you’ve stopped your hilare ramblings, your new boss tells you that’s her son’s name. In memory of her father who passed away before he was born. Oh. God. Not even the Channel Tunnel digger can save you now.
This week we want to be… Suri Cruise
Yes, it would be a bit weird if we were yearning after Tom Cruise as our dad. Because we’re really, really not. And we don’t want to be Scientologists either (soz, Scientologists).
But we still want to be Suri Cruise. Or, we would if we were little ‘uns again.
Currently the World’s Cutest Five Year Old™, Miss Cruise turns six this Wednesday. And can you imagine the party she’ll be having? We might be adults, but we want to be there. Suri’s birthday bash is going to be bigger, badder and even tighter on security than anything Kanye West or Lady Gaga could throw (and we bet they wouldn’t have bouncy castles at their shindigs). For her fifth birthday, the mini fashionista celebrated with a tea party in Beverly Hills, and TomKat gave her a cool $5million (that’s £3million). Nice.
She’s cute, even in a strop
This is the kid, after all, who has launched a billion fashion blogs and wears lipstick and heels. She even manages to look cute when she’s throwing a strop at her mum. All of the above should make us hate her, but hold up! – she’s not even six yet. So we can’t.
And this is just the start of many years of gossipy joy that she will bring us. She rocks!
So, happy birthday, Suri! (Just one word of warning: don’t sit too close to Harper Beckham – who could nab your title – when you’re having your jelly and ice cream. She might steal the limelight and/or have a little “accident” on you when you’re blowing out your candles. Just sayin’.)