As a child, I had, as all children should, a maiden aunt. To be accurate, she wasn’t really an aunt but she was certainly a maiden, kissed only once, on Christmas Day, by an Indian doctor during her short spell nursing. Not unreasonably, since she was born in her reign, one of her favourite reads was the diaries of Queen Victoria. Perhaps by association, I have always imagined these diaries to be about as racy The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, which was a bestseller back in the 1970s and no doubt a gift poor Aunt Ethel received several times. But now I know differently. Far from concentrating on her reign’s floral particulars, these were the journals of a randy bird who couldn’t get enough of it.
Mind you, the monarch’s sex life lost nothing in its telling on Channel 4′s Queen Victoria’s Men. Even
Jamie Byng, managing director of Canongate Publishing, who brought The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father to Britain last year, ordered an extra 120,000 copies of the books on hearing the presidential result yesterday.
Canongate had already printed 300,000 copies, but since sales at some book chains doubled this week, Mr Byng now expects to have ordered at least half a million by the end of the year.
Ben Affleck proudly shows off his voter badge after voting in California. The actor is a fervent supporter of Barack Obama
At a Californian polling station, Rachel Bilson, in the company of Hayden Christensen, makes her vote count for Obama
Paul Rudd visits MTV’s TRL at MTV studios in Times Square New York, wearing an Obama t-shirt
Ethan Hawke attends Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 Election Night viewing party…
…he was joined by Seann William Scott and Jane Krakowski…
Josh Hartnett arrives at 1 Marylebone, in London, for a CNN election night party
James Franco and Jessica Alba see the election in at the Bipartisan Election Night Pary in New York
Jesse Jackson weeps:
And The Empress herself………..