The unbearable rightness of being green. In the papers: 28.02.08
Who can resist a sexy guerrilla? Not the Telegraph, which dressed up its front page with an activist who scaled the roof of the Commons yesterday in pearls, a tweed skirt and kitten heels.
Brandishing a paper plane and, allegedly, a totally legitimate guest pass, not since the Fathers4Justice superheroes campaign have we had such a great rooftop photo op. ‘I know we have exposed a huge security flaw up here,’ said Richard George, another member of Plane Stupid, the group that staged the protest against Heathrow’s planned expansion. 'But it’s not as big as the flaw in the government’s climate change policy,’ he told the Guardian from the roof yesterday. According to the BBC, the activists were released on bail this morning.
The papers are full of eccentrics today. Not to be outdone by that rooftop circus act, in an incredible act of philanthropy London dealer Anthony d’Offay has sold ‘enough art to fill a floor and a half of London’s Tate Modern’ at cost, which means an incredible £125 million worth of art for the bargain price of £28 million. The collection – which includes works by Joseph Beuys, Gilbert & George, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst – will be called the Artist Rooms and show at 50 spaces across the country. It will be jointly managed by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Tate. Why the sale? ‘It’s really to do with education for young people,’ d’Offay told the Guardian . ‘Outside London and Edinburgh it is very difficult to see great contemporary art’.
If this morning’s headlines have left you hankering for your own eccentric act, there’s hope. Michael Jackson has just 20 days to cough up £12 million before the forced sale of his Neverland ranch in California, including ‘all ferris wheels, carousels, merry-go-round type devices… and facilities of every kind or nature,' reports the Guardian . Why not make waves by purchasing the 1,130ha grounds, which, according to The Times , includes ‘statues of nude children, waxworks of old men handing out toffees, a miniature steam train and generous accommodation for elephants’. Yes, you can be a weirdo too.