John Gibson: Charity for fatcats starts at home

Seventies pop star Suzi Quatro. PIcture: comp
Seventies pop star Suzi Quatro. PIcture: comp
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An old wives’ tale, this charity-begins-at-home saying. Well, no it doesn’t. It begins in the pockets and skirts of these shrewd individuals who run Britain’s best-known charities.

Have you clocked their smiles? Even in these hard times with charities supposedly feeling the pinch. Here’s what their chief executives are earning annually: Age International £100, 000, Tear Fund £92,000, Comic Relief £130,800, Save the Children £163,000, Oxfam GB £119,560, British Red Cross £184,000.

Fatcats, Cheshire cats. Spot the difference.

Rock on, Suzi

A tad old hat now, leather catsuits. But how else would you recognise Suzi Quatro? At 63 only half the woman she was when she crashed the UK charts in the Seventies, as Britain’s first rock chick. Regardless, she’s making a come-back (isn’t everybody?) early September in London with “Unzipped”, her one-woman show. Detroit-born but long-time British citizen, Suzi would be up for a bundle of gigs in Edinburgh.

Afterwords . . .

. . . Lenny Henry looking at life as he now knows it: “I think it’s difficult. You love your wife and kids but you work your nuts off all day, then you don’t want to talk to them. Blokes are hopeless. We’re hopeless.” He is in a play in London’s West End until mid-September, when he’ll consider returning to stand-up.