Pippa Middleton ‘dating’ brother of Made in Chelsea actor

From the Sunday papers: from Pippa’s new squeeze to the vanishing Dulux dog

LAST UPDATED AT 11:32 ON Sun 28 Oct 2012

IF ANYONE was going to unite the worlds of the Royal Family and reality television it was Pippa Middleton. The Sunday Mirror claims Pippa, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is dating investment banker James Matthews, brother of Spencer Matthews who appears in the E4 series Made in Chelsea. Eton-educated James, 37, is chief executive of the Eden Rock Capital Management group. He and Pippa, 29, have been spotted “openly flirting” over dinner at the Mayfair restaurant Hakkasan and friends say their relationship is going “from strength to strength”. Pippa broke up with her last steady boyfriend, Alex Loudon, another banker, last November and is now “ready for a full-time man in her life again”...

BURMA’S president Thein Sein has admitted that a wave of ethnic violence in Arakan province – also known as Rakhine - has led to "whole villages and parts of the towns being burned down", the Observer reports. The admission follows the release of satellite imagery by Human Rights Watch that shows 35 acres of devastation in the town of Kyaukpyu on the country's west coast, in which some 811 buildings and houseboats have been destroyed. The images appear to confirm reports of ethnic violence on 24 October in which Rakhine Buddhists fought Muslims who are not accepted in Burma nor neighbouring Bangladesh...

NICHOLAS MOCKFORD, the ExxonMobil exec shot dead earlier this month in a Brussels street, might have been murdered by a “nervous criminal” who experienced a “violent rage”, according to Belgian police. "Four bullets entered the victim's body in quick succession. The victim's wife was also beaten severely round the face - also suggesting sudden and severe anger," said a senior investigator. The ferocity of the attack contradicts the theory that Mockford, 59, was murdered in a professional hit, says The Sunday Telegraph...

RESPECTED US art critic Dave Hickey has turned his back on the contemporary art world, telling the Observer it is calcified, self-reverential and a hostage to rich collectors who have no respect for what they are doing. "They're in the hedge fund business, so they drop their windfall profits into art. It's just not serious. Art editors and critics – people like me – have become a courtier class. All we do is wander around the palace and advise very rich people. It's not worth my time."...

CHEF Heston Blumenthal has admitted he uses tampons to cleanse his palate. The Sun on Sunday reports him saying: “If you drain the moisture in your mouth you experience richness, creaminess and sweetness more intensely - and nothing’s more absorbent than tampons.” He goes on: “If you have a spoonful of ice cream then put a tampon on the tongue for a couple of minutes - when you eat the ice cream again the taste will be richer.” Blumenthal assured would-be visitors to his three-Michelin star Fat Duck restaurant that he would not be dishing up tampons with their meals: “No way.”...

THE OLD English Sheepdog - the ‘Dulux dog’ - and the Queen’s favourite, the Pembroke Welsh corgi, are among the breeds placed on a watchlist of endangered dogs for the first time. They join the soft-coated wheaten terrier and the Welsh terrier on the list because less than 450 puppies of each breed have been registered with the Kennel Club this year, The Sunday Times reports. A misapprehension that sheepdogs are high maintenance has been blamed for the breed’s decline…

POLICE across Britain are wasting valuable time and resources dealing with “petty squabbles” arising from Twitter and Facebook posts, according to the Mail on Sunday. The paper claims to have obtained figures showing that offensive messages, harassing texts and hoax threats are leading to at least three arrests a day. An unnamed Essex police officer said: “I dread to think how many hours are spent on Facebook jobs. If you don’t do at least one a day it’s been a very quiet day.” Most issues are resolved by police telling victims to delete their “tormentors” from their networks...

THE BOMBING of an Iranian-run munitions plant in Sudan by Israeli warplanes last week is being seen as a dry run for an attack on Tehran’s nuclear capability, The Sunday Times reports. Eight Israeli F-15I planes destroyed the Yarmouk rocket and ballistic missile factory on the outskirts of Khartoum on Wednesday. “This was a show of force but it was only a fraction of our capability - and of what the Iranians can expect in the countdown to the spring,” said an Israeli defence source…

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has chosen the ten species that he would take on his Ark to save them from extinction – and the endangered tiger and panda are not among them, The Sunday Telegraph reports. In Attenborough’s Ark, to be broadcast next week by the BBC, Attenborough chooses the olm, a salamander that can live for 100 years and the solenodon, a mammal with a venomous bite, among others. “I could choose those that grab the headlines… But there are many other extraordinary creatures out there not in the limelight,” said Attenborough… · 

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