…a stance almost as bold as declaring Child Abuse Is Wrong. From the Independent’s Chris Maume.
The most remarkable moment of the sporting week wasn’t 16 England footballers getting through an entire game close to the World Cup without a single broken metatarsal (just one imploding groin); it wasn’t even those damned Sri Lankan tail-enders securing a draw in the first Test at Lord’s last Monday. It was Posh Spice quoting Nietzsche.
This moment to savour came in yet another film about Mr Posh (David Beckham: A Footballer’s Story, ITV1, Tuesday). They were driving home after a Real Madrid game and he was talking about the travails and vicissitudes of celebrity (no, he didn’t actually use those words), when Mrs Posh piped up from the back. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” she told hubby, adding her own rider: “It’s nearly killed you a few times.”
Not even old Wilhelm Friedrich himself would have made such an imaginative leap ( but then he did die from syphilis, or a brain tumour, depending on who you believe). But what’s next from Philosopher Spice? “God is dead – but Prada lives”? “Whereof we cannot speak thereof we must pass over in silence – so I ain’t never gonna say nuffink else about Jordan, Jodie or Sir Alex bloody Ferguson”? “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in Gucci loafers”? Answers on the back of a microdot, please.