Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Angelina's little angels...


It's been a bad few days for Angelina Jolie. Not only was she pipped at the post by Audrey Hepburn for the title of ultimate Hollywood beauty, but while she and Brad Pitt were at the BAFTAs, their children set about winning friends and influencing people by running amok in the hushed surroundings of the Dorchester Hotel.

It appears that Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh Pitt (haven't these people heard of spoonerism?) spent more than an hour running up and down in the corridor and shouting, provoking complaints from other guests. While the good folk of Newgate sympathise with the nanny left to supervise four over-excited children in a foreign hotel, surely a better outlet for their energies could have been found.

The cult of celebrity is thriving through the sustenance of the internet and the children of the famous have never before been subject to so much scrutiny and publicity. It remains to be seen whether this generation of gilded moppets can progress through adolescence and the transition from designer-clad accessory to independent adult while still developing a sense of social responsibility and good manners.

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