Cheryl Cole’s text to Cowell: ‘F*** big hair. F*** you’

From the Sunday papers: from Cole’s reaction to US X Factor sack to Hugh Grant’s discourteous performance at ethics debate

LAST UPDATED AT 11:21 ON Sun 7 Oct 2012

CHERYL COLE has spoken out in The Sun about being sacked by Simon Cowell as a judge on the US X Factor. Before being fired from the show in 2011, Cole had been mocked in the media for her Geordie accent – which it was said Americans could not understand - and wearing a purple and orange outfit with ‘big hair’. Cole was furious that Cowell sacked her through an intermediary, and sent him a text message reading: “F*** you. F*** Britain’s Got Talent. F*** the orange and purple outfit. F*** big hair. F***the UK X Factor. F*** you all.”...

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has ruled out a wealth tax on high earners and a mansion tax, while promising to freeze council tax for a third year in a row. The pledges, made in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, will infuriate the Conservatives’ Coalition partners the Liberal Democrats. Speaking as the Tories gather in Birmingham for their party conference, Osborne described demands for a wealth tax as “the politics of resentment”...

SCIENTISTS worried about a decline in the bees around the world are developing a ‘robo-bee’ that might one day be able to pollinate plants, The Sunday Times reports. British bees have declined by 16.2% in the past year. Harvard scientists are attempting to develop “a flapping wing robot which can fly and respond to signals from a variety of sensors”. However, they are not trying to replace real bees...

HUGH GRANT subjected a female adviser of Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman to a sweary outburst during a bar-room debate on good conduct and ethics in the media, the Mail on Sunday reports. Grant, who is campaigning for independent press regulation, called Ayesha Hazarika a “f****** a*******”, while the Harman aide responded in kind, saying the actor was “pretty f****** rude”. A Labour source said Grant had later made a “fulsome apology” which had been accepted…

PRIVATE letters sent to family and friends by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and published now for the first time, show her “marvellous exuberance”, her biographer William Shawcross tells The Sunday Telegraph. In June 1944, for example, she wrote to her daughter Princess Elizabeth: “My Darling Lilibet... This is just a note about one or two things in case I get 'done in’ by the Germans! I think that I have left all my own things to be divided by you & Margaret, but I am sure you will give her anything suitable later on... Let’s hope this won’t be needed, but I know that you will always do the right thing, & remember to keep your temper & your word & be loving – sweet – Mummy.”...

MOORS murderer Ian Brady died for seven minutes before being brought back to life by doctors at Ashworth top security mental hospital in Merseyside, the Sunday Mirror reports. Brady’s heart stopped but was restarted by a defibrillator, even though the 74-year-old, who killed three children in the 1960s, had requested in writing that he should not be revived if he lost consciousness. Brady’s instructions were disregarded because he is classed as mentally ill...

JOHN LENNON wrote to Paul and Linda McCartney in 1971 complaining about the “s*** you and the rest... laid on Yoko and me” and mocking his band mate for the suggestion that “today’s art came about because of the Beatles”. He writes: “I don’t believe you’re that insane - Paul - do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up!” It is one of 300 letters, collected by the author Hunter Davies, being published in a book this week, The Sunday Times reports...

DAVID CAMERON will use this week’s Conservative party conference to reconnect with “striving” families and to put enterprise and aspiration at the heart of the Tories’ bid to win the next general election outright, without the need of a coalition, he said in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. He admitted he had not done enough to explain his party’s policies. “You spend a lot of time governing and deciding, and you don’t spend enough time explaining. And I think conference week is a real opportunity to get out there and explain.”

AL GORE has waded into a row over the proposed cost-cutting merger of the British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre. The former US vice president said in a letter seen by the Independent on Sunday that “retaining the core elements of the BAS is of supreme importance, both as a UK national and international asset". Falkland Islanders will lobby the Conservative conference this week saying that any change to the BAS could send a signal to Argentina that the UK is weakening its presence in the region... · 

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