Amazing things about August 14:
» Gillian Taylforth, star of EastEnders and Footballers Wives, and the celebrity equivalent of Gaviscon Ultra, is 48 today. Sharing her very special day are Kate Ritchie, alias Sally from Home and Away, who is a frightening 25 years old, and showtunes bird Sarah Brightman, who is 42.
» Paula Jones, the woman who alleged Bill Clinton had sexually harassed her, unveiled her new £5,000 hooter on this day in 1998.
» The waxwork of Patrick Stewart, Star Trek's Captain Picard, was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in 2000.
» Gwyneth Paltrow complained that British men didn't have the courage to ask her out this time last year. If only that were true – we would be spared all the tiresome stories about Chris Martin complaining about photographers wanting to take his picture. Chris, if you don't want to be photographed, DON'T GO OUT WITH GWYNETH PALTROW. As Posh would say, it's that simple.
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According to Marxist theory, cultural forms such as opera, classical music and the literary works of Shakespeare all fall under the heading of high culture. Low culture refers to a wide variety of cultural themes that are characterised by their consumption by the masses.
We might not be Marxists, but we do know we loved Footballers Wives. If you do too, you'll know what this is all about.