Blowing It

Emma Watson’s lucrative decision

Still from the film Beauty and the Beast

Actress Emma Watson rued the day she passed up La La Land, but hit the jackpot with Beauty and the Beast.

How violins can ruin your life

Min Kym © Rex Features

South Korean-born musical prodigy Min Kym was left distraught by the theft of her Stradivarius violin.

Ed Sheeran: a breed of pop star as rare as a unicorn

Ed Sheeran is about as far away from your typical pop star as you can possibly get.

Mudslinger Katie Hopkins slips on her own muck

Libelling food blogger Jack Monroe was an expensive mistake for columnist Katie Hopkins.

The price of a knighthood

Philip Green

Money may not buy you love, but it does help if you want to hang on to your fancy title.

The award for biggest gaffe goes to…

Handing the best picture award to the wrong film was exactly what the Oscars needed.

The sad decline of the art of excess

Lloyd’s of London introduced a ban on staff drinking alcohol between 9am and 5pm.

What’s Obama got to smile about?

Barack Obama can expect to receive an index-linked $207,800 a year from the presidential pension for the rest of his life.

The Babylonian excess of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp’s constant insistence that he’s “keeping it real” is wearying.

Getting ready for doomsday

Preparing for the end of the world is an expensive business.

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