May 27th, 2011
Good Week/Bad Week: Gifting & Grabbing
Thierry Henry pauses during his side’s fixture against Colorado Rapids to consider the impact on Cheryl Cole’s career that her exit from US X-Factor might have. Or maybe he just caught a glimpse of Cesc’s hair in the crowd. Images: Getty Images/Daylife, Getty Images/Zimbio
Sit back and enjoy the memories while taking in the week’s major events, peeps!
Waiting Time: It seems that Mario Balotelli’s new found generosity of spirit has caught on amongst his EPL colleagues. Whilst hanging out at Whisky Mist, Spurs defender Vedran Corluka noticed that a waiter was giving his expensive timepiece the eye, and promptly offered to exchange the watch for the guy’s cheap-as-chips Seiko. Unsurprisingly, the waiter couldn’t get it off fast enough, and is now the proud owner of a diamond encrusted Hublot worth roughly £36,000. Dammit. The proceeds from hocking that little gem would have kept us in shoes for a ruddy week.
Up The Duff: Hooray for Sol Campbell and his lady-wife Fiona Barratt, who have announced (rather belatedly) that they are expecting their first bubba. The pair, who married in July last year, were pictured at the Chelsea Flower Show this week are expecting the stork any day now, although this visit is unlikely to be the last. Apparently the couple are hoping for at least ‘four babies’ to round out their brood. We’ll see whether they feel the same after four months of broken sleep and a permanant baby sick stain on each shoulder, shall we? In the meantime, congrats guys!
Boom Bling-a-Bling: Shy and retiring Aston Villa star Stephen Ireland proposed to partner Jessica Lawlor in typically understated style this week. Ireland, who is currently wanted in the UK for crimes against furniture, flew his baby mama and a bunch of friends to Catalina Island, off the coast of California, hid a ring in his er… swimsuit and hit one knee at sunset. Jess, who presumably was very impressed with the contents of her hubby-to-be’s Speedos, said yes. Which means there’ll be a wedding. Shuddering congrats, Jess & Stevie
Swing Low: Last week, we looked on with joy as David Beckham wrangled his youngest son in the park during a kickabout. This week, the training sesh with Cruz was applied with typical Becks aplomb as he grabbed a pitch invader during Gary Neville’s testimonial match and assisted in his exit from the pitch. Why is this bad news? Well, it’s given us a few ideas regarding pitch-based close up moments with our favourite boys. Which is never going to be good news for them or UEFA.
Cheryl Chagrin: Although it remains unconfirmed by the singer/presenter herself, it is being reported that Cheryl Cole has been dropped from the US X-Factor and will be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. Reasons cited for the decision so far include an inability of US citizens to interpret her Geordie accent, Cheryl’s inability to warm to co-presenter Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell’s inability to convince the bigwigs at the network that Cheryl is the right girl for the job. Hardly matters why though, does it?
Diet Pill Dramz: Poor Kolo Toure. Not only was his experimentation with wifey’s diuretic pills exposed to a vaguely bewildered but thoroughly amused world, he had to wait several aeons for his hearing and then got banned for six months. Oh, and in his absence his team qualified for the Champions League and won the FA Cup. Oops.