The toilet man was obsessed with numbers. Like the number of days he had left to live. Ten-thousand five-hundred was about how many days he said he had left, if he lived to be eighty. Thirteen years ago, the Toilet Man said, he turned forty and asked himself, how long is one lifetime? Then he checked the national statistic: eighty. So, forty more years; fourteen thousand, six-hundred days more days, give or take. "And then you die," said the Toilet Man. He lingered over the last world, stretched it. "Dyyyyyyyeee," it sounded like.
Back then, before he was the Toilet Man, he was Jack Sim, a rich Singaporean, running 16 [...]
What makes all these "cat food" companies believe I, Choupette Lagerfeld, would lower my standards for their commercial benefit?
— Choupette Lagerfeld (@ChoupettesDiary) July 31, 2012
Despite being one of the most recognisable faces in the world, Karl Lagerfeld believes that his beloved cat, Choupette, is now more famous than him. The German-born designer is renowned for his attachment to the pampered pet, who often travels around with him on his private jet. The Chanel creative director goes to great lengths to ensure that Choupette—which means "sweetie" in French—is sufficiently attended to at all times while he's working: she has three maids, and pays a visit to [...]
Earlier this summer, the New York media world was rocked by the departure of Page Six reporter/mascot Neel Shah, who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career with the upcoming NBC/Imagine Entertainment sitcom "Friends With Benefits." Shah's West Coast exploits have remained unreported, but now sources close to the former Postie tell us that, not content with working solely behind the camera, he is making plans to put himself in front of it.
I'm not sure how best to tease you into reading this piece in Triple Canopy on India, Slumdog Millionaire, money, terrorism and globalism, besides the fact that it coins the phrase "Regis ex machina," which, how jealous are you about that? And there's this: "In 2007, Mukesh Ambani-the energy tycoon who later said 'a fear-psychosis is being created to slow projects of national importance' when forty thousand protesters forced the return of expropriated farmland on which the Tata Nano factory was to have been built-was named Forbes's richest man in the world: the first Indian thus distinguished. Shortly afterward, he set up a new company to fund the films [...]
Who was responsible for the partition of India? Traditionally the blame has been placed on Pakistani founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah. But: "A controversial new book by a senior politician from India's Hindu nationalist party suggests that Mr Jinnah, a secular man who drank and smoked but rarely visited the mosque, has too long been demonised by Indian society. Furthermore, it argues that he only raised the prospect of a separate Pakistan with independence leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi as a bargaining tool and that it was the inflexibility of Jawaharlal Nehru, the man who became independent India's first prime minister, that ultimately led to the division of the [...]