SHURELY SHOME MISHTAKE
WHEN JOE HAD A GO AT POLITICS
Former Daily Express sub-editor Joe Neal has resurfaced as an actor in Ireland. And, as this picture proves, he stood unsuccessfully as an independent in the 2004 European elections. Joe has also written a book of poetry, Telling It At A Slant, which is available as a paperback from all good booksellers. If you want to see if he can act, (he can in the Drone’s opinion) CLICK HERE
One in the Eye No 67
Volume 8: 1979
History of the Daily and Sunday Express as told 35 years ago through the columns of Private Eye
22nd June 1979
The doyenne of hackettes, lovely Olga Maitland of the Sunday Express, has been crying on my shoulder.
She complains about the uncouth behaviour of her employer, earthy editor John Junor.
And with good reason.
It seems that on occasion Junor has rung her up to complain in his thick Scots brogue that her column is ‘piss-poor’.
This is no way to talk to a lady.
6th July 1979
Street of Shame
Getsworse leader writer James Macmillan has toiled for years in the Tory cause. So you can imagine his excitement recently when, just before Thatcher’s honours list was announced, an envelope arrived for him at Chateau Despair bearing the unmistakeable 10 Downing Street seal.
A knighthood at last?
‘Sir James’ opened the envelope with trembling fingers. It was from Denis Thatcher and made no mention of honours. Could James be a decent chap and tell him where he could pick up a copy of Gary Player’s golfing hints referred to in the Getsworse?
Comely Irish hackette Mary Kenny is no longer persona grata at the Evening Standard.
Recently she attacked the disgraceful decision of the Family Planning Association to sell French letters to eight-year-olds.
The piece displeased the editor, the ageing trendy Sir Charles Mostyn Wintour.
‘We don’t want Mary Kenny and her bloody Christian morality in this newspaper,’ he fumed.
Fleet Street’s most beautiful gossip columnist, Lady Olga Maitland, rings me to complain about Bubbles, Lady Rothermere.
‘That woman is rude and I’m jolly well going to tell her next time I see her, expostulates the fragrant doyenne of hackettes.
‘I have met her on more than half a dozen occasions. Yet each time we are introduced, she says “No, we have never met”.
‘If you ask me, that is the height of rudeness.’
I happened to bump into Bubbles at Ascot after hearing Lady Olga’s lament and I put it to her that she had slighted the earl’s daughter.
‘Lady Olga Maitland? Never heard of her,’ replied the incorrigible Bubbles.
NEXT WEEK: The fascinating story of how James Goldsmith and Tiny Rowland failed to outbid Nigel Broakes’s Trafalgar House Group for ownership of Beaverbrook Newspapers
Express Art Desk Xmas bash 1985
Who’s this having fun at Christmas at the Connaught Rooms?
How dare they print this cover?
____________________________Spaghetti House Siege (Part 2)
Laddies who lunch: The Daily Express Drones got together at the Spaghetti House in Holborn to drink to the memory of former Daily Express sub-editor and radio DJ Bob Kilbey who died in July. Bob used to organise an annual Christmas lunch at the restaurant. Pictured from left are Ashley Walton, Alastair McIntyre, Bill Reynolds, Ray King, Ross Tayne and Tony Boullemier
SNAP! Its the First Tuesday Club again in a suitably grainy picture of five photographers. They are, from left, Jack Kay, Peter Shirley, Maurice Hibberd, Tony Sapiano and Bill Orchard. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Old Bank of England pub in Fleet Street. It has been hastily pointed out that the pic was not taken by a photographer. Perish the thought.
ER … COME AGAIN?
IT'S ALL IN THE TIMING...
STEEMERS STEAMS IN
Mike Steemson, erstwhile lynchpin of the DX newsdesk, is visiting the UK from his home in New Zealand and found time to drop in on former managing editor Mike Deane at his home in County Down. Mike Deane, pictured left, said: 'We chewed the fat and Mike drank all my whiskey.' Some things never change...
IS THERE A SUB-EDITOR IN
THE (PUBLIC) HOUSE?
(Er, yes as a rule – Ed)
Spotted on Holy Island by Johnny Maskey
Radio Two's Ken Bruce
in tribute to Peter Tory
AND SO TO BEDS
This charming snap was taken from an aeroplane by Joy Desmond as she was wafted into Luton Airport. But what does it show? Find out here
LOOKALIKE (UKIP EDITION)
Meerkat Nigel Farage
MAROONED IN THE PUB
Oh dear, tell that to the wife:
What on earth is going on here?
A memorial service? Surely some mistake
Learn the ghastly truth here
If the cap doesn't fit...
Sometimes editors have to do the most undignified things, as Sir Nicholas Lloyd found in 1995 when Sky TV invaded the Express offices in Blackfriars for a charity Telethon which was broadcast live to the masses. The picture came to light during a gathering of the World's Greatest Lunch Club at which the guest was the man with the longest career in Fleet Street – 57 years and still counting. Read about it here.
Funny old whirled
Goodbye Vienna: Spotted in Hunstanton by Stephen Wood
How an Express reporter left Britain's Cold
War secret on the floor of the Old Bell
Who Was Who on the Express in 1969
Buccaneering spirit that made the Daily Express great
NEW SHOCK: Up the wooden Hill
There are some things that you just can't make up. Former Daily Express editor Peter Hill has designed some nightshirts which he is now selling on the internet. Don't have nightie-mares!
HISTORY OF THE DAILY
EXPRESS DRONES CLUB