SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Just imagine! James Dyson wins the battle to show his art to the public

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He has amassed a fortune of £ 16 billion, owns more land than the Queen and owns properties in London, Singapore and France.

But today the ever-inventive Sir James Dyson, Britain’s richest man, has a special reason to celebrate.

Despite fierce local opposition, I can reveal he has just been given the green light to create a new art gallery in Dodington Park, the lavish Gloucestershire mansion he raised for £ 20 million in 2003.

Sir James Dyson, Britain's richest man, has been given the green light to establish a new art gallery

Sir James Dyson, Britain’s richest man, has been given the green light to establish a new art gallery

Sir James and his wife Deirdre, whom he met while students at the Byam Shaw Art School in London in the 1960s, soaked up works by David Hockney and Picasso, as well as Sir Peter Blake and American icons Andy Warhol. and Roy Lichtenstein.

Sir James, 73, says it is “selfish to have a collection that no one can see,” and asked designers to plan the gallery four years ago.

The result – a hexagonal, bronze-clad building with green roofs in the 300-acre vegetable garden – will be open to the public free of charge 28 days a year when the businessman and his family are on vacation abroad. agent to describe it as ‘a gift to society’.

However, not everyone sees it that way.

A local, Matthew Rumney, says residents “already face constant traffic” that, he claims, “has increased dramatically” since Dyson took over Dodington.

Others are similarly opposed, with one emphasizing that ‘people come to enjoy a quiet and attractive walk’, while another couple condemns the plans for ‘total disregard for [Dyson’s] neighbors’. The Dyson Foundation declined to comment.

Dodington Park is a lavish Gloucestershire country house that brought in £ 20 million in 2003

Dodington Park is a lavish Gloucestershire country house that brought in £ 20 million in 2003

Dodington Park is a lavish Gloucestershire country house that brought in £ 20 million in 2003

However, Sir James changed his plans in an attempt to soften his critics – without complete success, unfortunately.

“Lots of window coverings but little substance,” said one, Sheila Edwards.

Let’s hope she and others will be comforted to know that the City Council has not really given Dyson carte blanche, but obliges him to submit samples of the materials to be used before starting the work – a provision by which Dyson, always picky about quality control, will certainly satisfy.

Perhaps Sir James will calm critics with an open day just for them and treat them to a soothing glass of wine from his French estates?

Jamie’s girl Daisy lights up the big 18

Jamie Oliver, TV chef and father of five, admits he’s struggling to watch his kids grow up, as his second oldest, Daisy, turned 18 over the weekend.

Jamie Oliver's second oldest child Daisy celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend with a square cake with floral icing

Jamie Oliver's second oldest child Daisy celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend with a square cake with floral icing

Jamie Oliver’s second oldest child Daisy celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend with a square cake with floral icing

The 45-year-old, who is married to children’s clothing designer Jools, shared a photo of the milestone moment, which marked Daisy with a square cake and her age in floral icing.

“Where did my little girl go?” Jamie captioned the message online. ‘What a journey it has been. You are such a wonderful, kind, crazy young lady. Mommy and I love you. Let’s hope this summer is more normal and fun for everyone. ‘

Sculpted model David Gandy says he wasn’t always the pin-up he is today. “ I had a puppy fat phase during my teens, then shot up and got pretty gangly – overnight I went up to six feet, ” Essex-born Gandy says.

‘I wasn’t the cool guy. I mean, I worked in dog shelters on weekends. I was a bit of a loner, and I still am. ‘

Take out the violins …

Party bag of the Baftas

Charles Finch’s pre-Bafta parties are usually the social highlight of the movie award season.

In lieu of his annual soiree, the producer sent nominees and friends a party box of martini cocktails, Chanel No 5 fragrance, and a specially curated list of Bafta-winning and nominated movies.

Included was Network co-starring Faye Dunaway and Charles’ father, Peter Finch, who posthumously won a BAFTA and Oscar for an Actor in a Leading Role.

“Like all of you, I miss the warm glow of the party light,” Finch said to his friends. Amen to that.

Don’t call Simon Pegg a celebrity! The Mission: Impossible star says he can’t stand the word.

‘The idea of ​​celebrity … I feel like it’s a byproduct of my work. It’s not what I do, ”he explains. ‘I’m not a celebrity. I am an actor and a writer.

“When abbreviated to celeb, it has become a weird passive-aggressive term for people who overestimate their own importance in the world.”

Downton star is writing her own role as Ava

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern has a lot in common with the late Hollywood siren Ava Gardner, who were both Oscar nominees in their early twenties and uprooted their lives in LA for London.

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern

Hollywood siren Ava Gardner

Hollywood siren Ava Gardner

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern (left) reveals she will become legendary Ava Gardner (right) onstage

Now McGovern, who plays the Countess of Grantham in the ITV drama, reveals that she will become the legendary Gardner onstage.

“I came across a book of conversations she had with her ghost writer,” says McGovern, 59. “I wrote a play based on this book. I would like to play Ava. We have a producer and we are going to perform in London. ‘

McGovern moved to the capital in 1992 when she married theater producer Simon Curtis, and in 2016 she attended the unveiling of the blue plaque outside Gardner’s former Knightsbridge home, who died in 1990 at the age of 67.

Bute is the last pit stop

The late driver John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, had a fitting goodbye yesterday.

The late driver John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, had a fitting goodbye yesterday

The late driver John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, had a fitting goodbye yesterday

The late driver John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, had a fitting goodbye yesterday

Leading the procession was his widow, fashion designer Serena Bute and their daughter Lady Lola

Leading the procession was his widow, fashion designer Serena Bute and their daughter Lady Lola

Leading the procession was his widow, fashion designer Serena Bute and their daughter Lady Lola

After his death last month, at the age of 62, a funeral was held for him at Kensal Green Cemetery in West London, where his coffin was transported in a 1954 red Chevrolet pickup truck, the model he took to travel through London. drove.

Leading the procession was his widow, fashion designer Serena Bute, who married the former Grand Prix driver in 1999.

Their daughter, Lady Lola, 21, who was also in attendance, wrote the poignant message: ‘Your strength will guide us through this. Not goodbye forever. ‘