Celebrity Mastechef is back, but do we already know the winner?
Celebrity Masterchef - one of the most easy watching and addictive programmes on television - is back! It all got underway on Wednesday night (July 31, 2013) with a spurious group of famous chefs including comedian Katy Brand, former Sugababe Heidi Range and Jo Wood. Yes, that Jo Wood. The ex-wife of Ronnie Wood.
However, it was the ballsy journalist Janet Street-Porter who emerged as a potential winner, "She knows how to bone a duck," mused the pensive John Torode as the former newspaper editor went to work on a bird.
Former greengrocer and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace is known for his blunt dismals of contestant's food - despite seemingly having no credentials to judge good food, other than selling bags of onions in Covent Garden - though even he looked terrified as Street-Porter gave him as much back.
Continue reading: Celebrity Masterchef: Is Janet Street-Porter the new Ferran Adrià?
The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will soon marry for the third time, according to Sky News. Ronnie, 65 has been dating Sally Humphreys, 34 for around six months and has decided that she’s the one! No, really…
Ronnie has already been married twice before. First, he married Krissy Findlay in 1971. They were married for seven years and had a son together, named Jesse. In 1985, he married Jo Wood, to whom he was married for over 20 years. He had another two children (Leah and Tyrone) with Jo. However, he left Jo in 2008, for a 21 year-old former cocktail waitress, Ekaterina Ivanova, after meeting her in a club. Jo filed for divorce from Ronnie the following year and that process was finalised in 2011. Throughout this time, Wood was known to have been suffering from substance abuse issues and had checked into rehab several times.
A spokesman for Ronnie confirmed that he and Sally are indeed engaged to be married, though there’s no news on when he might be walking his young fiancee up the aisle, just yet. Presumably, though, it will have to wait until after the band have finished their 50th anniversary concerts. On that note, we’ve just had a thought. If one of the band members has a lavish wedding and honeymoon to shell out for, that could go some way towards explaining the price of those tickets, now, couldn’t it?
Divorces can be a hard time, especially if you're Ronnie Wood and you have to sell off a boatload of your stuff to pay for it, as was the case yesterday when the veteran rocker took to Julien's Auctions in New York to sell on some of his most valuable possessions.
The masses of memorabilia on auction spanned four decades of the famed guitarist's work with The Rolling Stones, with the two-day auction selling on all manner of things, including several worn leather and velvet jackets, some real and some cardboard guitars, an assortment of tour ephemera and a signed lithograph of Eric Clapton. Two of the highest fetching items that Wood sold included a white leather coat for $8,960, and a lithograph of Eric Clapton drawn by Wood that includes both the guitarists' signatures fetching $5,120.
However, neither of these came close to matching the sums his guitars amassed, with a 1955 Fender Stratocaster guitar often used on stage by Wood fetching a whopping $60,800. Even one of the cardboard guitars fetched a pretty penny, with a guitar cut-out given to Wood by fellow Stones guitarist Keith Richards selling for $6,875.
Continue reading: Ronnie Wood Auctions Off Rolling Stones Memorabilia Following Divorce
Ronnie Wood has been angered by his ex-wife Jo Wood, who is planning an auction of art and memorabilia, which is described as a ‘joint sale.’ According to Reuters, Ronnie is claiming that he is part-owner of some of the items that are due to go on sale and he’s also pretty mad that the auction has been billed as a joint sale, when he specifically said he didn’t want to be involved. The auction is scheduled to be held at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on October 27, 2012 so the Rolling Stones guitarist and his ex don’t have very long to clear the matter up.
From Ronnie’s statement, Reuters learned “Ronnie was asked by Jo some time ago if he wished to add some items to an auction and he said he did not want to participate. He is therefore shocked and disappointed that this auction is being misrepresented as a joint sale. This is not the case." However, Jo’s own spokesperson said that the former model is the owner of the items, as per the terms of their divorce. “This is Jo's auction, it includes all the items left to her following the divorce,” said the spokesperson during a telephone call. “She's had everything in storage for three years and can't keep it any longer. Ronnie has been kept in the loop of the sale.”
Ronnie may have been in the loop but he sure as hell isn’t happy about it. And he insists that some of the items are his personal possessions such as his tour clothes, which should not have passed to Jo in the divorce. “Ronnie feels saddened that Jo has taken this course of action and wants the public to know he has NOT teamed up with Jo on this outrageous sale,” the statement confirmed. The auction house told Reuters that the sale is still on: “It is their (Ronnie and Jo's) collection and it is part of their divorce settlement.” Sounds as though someone’s got their wires crossed somewhere along the line.