Sunday, 7 August 2011

Amy Winehouse Goes For Her Last Spin

Last week saw the sad passing of one of the world’s best loved and most talented celebrities, someone who has given us so much joy and pleasure, someone, without whom, our TV screens will simply not be the same.

Yes, Ed Flesh, the creator of the “Wheel of Fortune” has died, age 79. And he didn’t create the TV show, no. He created the actual wheel itself.

Coincidentally, on the other side of the Atlantic, the singer Amy Winehouse has spun her own wheel of fortune for the last time.

Plagued by her own “wild child” image of sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, drugs, sex, drugs, booze, drugs, booze, fighting, drugs and sex, Winehouse wandered in and out of rehab like a catholic priest with the keys to the orphanage.

And it’s not like she wasn’t warned.

Apparently, some of her friends had her telephone number stored on their mobile phones as “Mummy”. Her biographer, Chas Newkey-Brown, says that this was because she mothered them.

Alternatively, it was because she was always embalmed in alcohol and wrapped in bandages following a fight with her boyfriend. Or some fans. Or some tabloid photographers. Or all three, in a kind of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll orgy of violence.

Still, it’s not all bad news. An updated version of Amy Winehouse: The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden will be republished next month, so at least someone’s happy. He has been blogging his little fingers off to make sure we all know where we can get a glimpse into the sad and lonely life of someone who was ultimately just desperate to be famous. I think Amy Winehouse is mentioned in it too.

Given that Winehouse died at 27 and Flesh at 79, it’s clearly safer to make the wheel of fortune than to take your chances with it.

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