Should Sir Grayson Perry stick to pottery? The flamboyant artist has just dropped a fully-fledged music video on his Instagram feed, making a bold foray into the music world. Sir Grayson attempts to replicate Bob Dylan’s iconic video for Subterranean Homesick Blues. Standing on a leafy London street, the knighted ceramicist sings about his middle-class guilt. “I hope to use my privilege to help those we’ve left behind,” he croons in Dylan style, “I fight for social justice, but I still feel bad.” Sir Grayson, who identifies as a “champagne socialist” and recently told us he expects a revolution, also mentions support for the Labour party. “I overpay my cleaner and I still feel bad… I give 50 quid to beggars, but I still feel bad,” he wails. The song is part of his forthcoming live show, A Show All About You.
Bartlett dishes out his pearls of wisdom
Self-styled “happy sexy millionaire” Steven Bartlett, who runs The Diary Of A CEO podcast and flashes the cash on Dragon’s Den, has been sharing tips while promoting his new book on how to be a boss. For example, Bartlett, left, says he thinks about business partners like girlfriends. “Your business partner who you love, who’s your best friend, and would never hurt you? Act like they’re going to stab you in the back one day, contractually. Get all that stuff right, this is expectation management, isn’t it? It’s the same in relationships,” he says. Should his partner expect a prenup? Bartlett was speaking on a live stream about his new book with “inspirational speaker” Simon Sinek — his job title, not our description. Bartlett says he once spent £13,000 on a giant blue slide and ball pit for his office to signal the business was full of “innovators: young, disruptive, they think for themselves.” Unfortunately, “nobody ever used the slide”. Viewers paid £15 to hear these pearls of wisdom.
May I have this dance?
Theresa May’s wooden dance moves have been well documented over the years. Who could forget her awkward jig across the stage to ABBA’s Dancing Queen during the 2018 Conservative Party Conference? Yet May has apparently had lessons since stepping back from Number 10. Rory Stewart, her former Cabinet colleague turned podcaster, says May dominated the dance floor at his recent 50th birthday party. Stewart claims May was the first up with him when the ceilidh dancing began at the bash, held earlier this year in Scotland. “I really did think she was pretty good,” Stewart said on his Rest Is Politics podcast, “I was impressed.”
Shapps cramps rockstar cousin’s style
A Cabinet promotion for Grant Shapps — but what might his cousin, Mick Jones of The Clash, far right, think? Shapps has previously said his career as a Tory tests familial bonds: “I’m always saying to Mick, I know it’s incredibly embarrassing for you having a Tory minister as a cousin, I’m so sorry to have ruined your cred.” Rock the casbah, Mick.