Dog watches dog 18.02.05


Freelance celebrity press and events photographer Graham Reading
emerges from the Mediterranean at Paphos, Cyprus, where his comic press
photograph taken of the hunt hounds at the Cartier polo in Windsor last
summer won him the John Dick Memorial Award at the 18th Photo Training
Overseas course held at the beginning of this month.

The new award, created in memory of John Dick of Everbodysmile who
died tragically on the course the previous year, was for the image that
made everybody smile, and was judged by speakers on the intensive
international photography training course held in Cyprus, including
Charlie Waite FBIPP, Keith Thomson FBIPP, Sophocles Alexiou FBIPP, and

“Winning,” said Graham, “was the icing on the cake after
an amazing series of master classes led by top professionals. It was
particularly special because I so appreciated the help John, his wife
Jules, and his company gave me with my online sale of photographs.”

And who took the picture of Reading in Adonis pose, holding up his winning image?

Bernard Crapper, of course.

Choosing poison for snakes in the grass

goodies to be gleaned under the new Freedom of Information Act sent The
Herald scurrying to dig out what calibre of fine wines Scottish First
Minister, Jack McConnell, was serving up to guests at his official
residence at Bute House, Edinburgh.

A distinct pecking order
emerged. The Bavarian European Minister enjoyed a 1999 German Auslese
at £36.20 a bottle; the president of Croatia sipped a 1997 Mersault
Domaine Albert Grivault at £24; and Sir Sean Connery had to make do
with a 1997 Pinot Noir at £18.99.

But shock, horror! At the
reception last Christmas for Holyrood’s political hacks, all that was
on offer was 2001 Rioja Blanco Torre San Milan and 2002 Merlot VDP
Baronnie – both priced at £4.99.

The Herald’s wine critic, Joe
Fattorini, disclosed that white Rioja was once damned by Oscar Wilde as
the “sulphurous piss of an aged horse”. No wonder Douglas Fraser, The
Herald’s Scottish political editor, was moved to comment on the
“Chateau Paintstripper we found served up at the Bute House Christmas
bash for loathed media reptiles”.

D-Day brings a tear to the eye of old Nick

Hardened journalist and broadcaster Nick Ferrari had tears in his eyes at the end of his first one-man show in London.

Ferrari was making his debut in the first of a series of “An evening with Nick Ferrari” shows.

did a two-hour stint before a capacity 800- strong audience at the
Lewisham Theatre in Catford, South London last Friday – and there was a
surprise for him at the end.

You see, Nick had been a champion of
D-Day veterans during the celebrations last year to mark the 60th
anniversary of the invasion.

He had given Armed Forces minister
Adam Ingram a roasting on his show, asking why soldiers such as veteran
Jim Smith – now 82 – weren’t able to attend the celebrations. The
minister’s promise to review the cases bore fruit, and room was made
for Jim to go back to the beaches.

So it came as huge surprise to
Nick when he was winding up his show that Terry Burton, of the west
London branch of the Normandy Veterans Association, stepped up and gave
him a special presentation.

He handed over a framed drawing of
British soldiers coming ashore at D Day, and it was signed by dozens of
former heroes of the campaign, including Jim, who was also there.

Ferrari said: “I was so touched. I had no idea this was going to happen. I felt utterly humbled.”

Sub loses it – or is Kilroy-Silk more dangerous than we thought?

Dog knows that Robert Kilroy-Silk has plenty to answer for (not
least the dreadful column he used to write for the Sunday Express).

But can it be that his launch of a new political party constitutes a real threat to child safety?

did the sub who worked on this page of the Louth Target somehow manage
to leave an old picture and standfirst on the template?

The New York Times may not know much about art –as this correction
last week shows: “An art review in Weekend on Friday about an
exhibition of works from the UBS Art Collection on view at the Museum
of Modern Art misidentified the subjects of the painting “Double
Portrait” by Lucian Freud. They are a woman and a whippet –not a man
and a greyhound!”

Ian Hernon takes his punishment like a man

Dog’s rather fuzzy cameraphone picture shows Ian Hernon, the
political editor of the Liverpool Echo, forced to wear a pair of
fetching red stilettos as punishment for losing a bet when his team
came a humiliating last in the House of Commons Press Gallery quiz.

The reasons for this rather singular form of punishment remain
shrouded in mystery – but friends say they’re alarmed at how
comfortable he looks.

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