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A previously unseen press photo of a teenaged Princess Diana is held by Bobby Livingston of RR Auctions on January 16, 2013. The black-and-white image from the 1980s shows Diana smiling at the camera as she lies in the lap of an unidentified young man reading a book. (AFP Photo)
A previously unseen image of then-20-year-old Diana Spencer pictured with a handsome young man two days after the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles has sold for over $18,000. A London tabloid once deemed it ‘too hot to print’.
The black-and-white photo from the early 1980s captures Diana smiling at the camera as she lies in the lap of the unidentified man reading a book, with a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky standing by the window.
The words "not to be published" are written across the 20x25-centimeter photo, dated February 26, 1981 on its back – two days after Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.
According to British media, the man is the great-grandson of former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Adam Russell.
Bobby Livingstone of RR Auctions of Amherst told AFP that the photograph would typically sell for around $1,000, "but because it has that [not-to-be-published] marking on it, we expect it to go for much more."
"It captures the moment when the engagement had been announced two days before and the press was going mad over Diana but the Daily Mirror just wasn't going to publish this picture of her in a comfortable position with a man other than Prince Charles," he said.
The auctioneers did not identify the buyer who got hold of Diana’s picture during the internet bidding.
High-functioning alcoholics are often hiding in plain sight—and they're often more dangerous than drop-dead drunks.
January 8, 2013 |
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“He was never drunk when I interviewed him,” the late writer Truman Capote’s biographer told me.
“It was just a mistake. He didn’t hurt anyone,” a friend said of an acquaintance who got a DUI last year.
“She doesn’t drink much,” my husband said of me when a therapist asked about our drinking habits. “Just a little white wine.”
Alcohol is confusing. For one thing, it is selectively addictive. Some people can drink safely; others can’t. For another thing, although alcohol is a depressant, especially in large doses, new research shows that in moderate doses it can also act as a happy stimulant. The first few drinks make the world a better place. The next few have the opposite effect: The drinker “may not be able to grasp the thread of a conversation; his reflexes will be somewhat delayed, his speech slurred, and his gait unsteady,” writes Dr. James Milam in his classic study Under the Influence.
Because ethanol, the active ingredient in alcohol, is a very simple and very tiny molecule, it is the Speedy Gonzales of addictive substances, zooming right through the protective blood/brain barrier and delivering an immediate punch. Once alcohol enters the bloodstream, it triggers a series of responses that can last 24 hours. Many heavy drinkers are always in some stage of inebriation or withdrawal, and this changes the way they engage with the world. There may be hours—entire mornings!—when they appear to be “normal,” but there is no "normal" in the body or brain of a heavy drinker.
Alcohol is metabolized at the approximate rate of one drink per hour. Someone who has two drinks before dinner, three beers with dinner and two nightcaps may pass out and wake up six hours late still drunk. If they sleep longer, they wake up with more alcohol out of their system but often in a painful state of withdrawal (along with dehydration and other nasty symptoms caused by the toxins that your body churns out as it processes the ethanol). Hangovers, which arguably have a greater effect on mood than alcohol itself, are the body’s scream for more. Soon enough, driven by a cellular level craving, the heavy drinker with a hangover will have that beer or that brandy in the coffee that quiets the disturbance, at least for a while.
Someone in withdrawal is even less likely to seem drunk than someone who has had a few drinks. But the effects can be deadly. “The strange truth that alcoholics are often in worse shape when their blood alcohol content is descending than when it is at its highest level is an extremely difficult point to grasp,” write Catherine Ketchum in her book Beyond the Influence. “The withdrawal syndrome represents a state of hyperexcitability, or extreme agitation in the nervous system. “ Ketcham uses the tragic example of Henri Paul, the driver of the car in which Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed in 1997. Paul, who had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit when his body was tested after the accident, had been waiting around the Ritz for two hours to drive during which he had little to drink. “Paul was drunk and he was in withdrawal,” Ketchum writes. “Both facts sealed his doom and the fate of his passengers.”
In Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic, Sarah Allen Benton makes the case that the image of the archetypal alcoholic—the stumbling Bowery bum—has obscured a much more common and infrequently treated type of alcoholic—the alcoholic who can function in the world and appear to be fine. Perhaps because high-functioning alcoholics do not tax government systems and cause social problems, they get far less attention than more dramatic drinkers. Although these high-functioning boozers sometimes do not meet the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism, they are desperately in need of help. Examples abound: from former First Lady Betty Ford to actor Robin Williams and musician Eric Clapton. Dr. Mark Willenbring, an addiction specialist, told Benton, “[High-functioning alcoholics] are successful students. They’re good parents, good workers. They watch their weight. They go to the gym. Then they go home and have four martinis and two bottle of wine. Are they alcoholics? You bet.”
George Lucas (Valerie Macon / Getty Images / AFP)
Filmmaker George Lucas' trust has registered its 2% stake in Walt Disney worth $2.02 billion for possible sale in a filing with US regulators. However, that does not mean a sale is imminent.
The document allows for the potential sale of the 37.1 million Disney shares owned by the Lucas trust.
The company has not indicated how many shares it is planning to sell, and the document said it could decide against selling any at all, AFP reported.
"The selling security holder has not informed us, and we do not know, when or in what amounts the selling security holder may offer for sale the shares of common stock pursuant to this offering," the trust added.
The Star Wars creator received the shares when Disney took over his LucasFilms company last year for $4.05 billion. The deal included the high-tech production companies, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, as well as rights to the "Indiana Jones'' franchise. Lucasfilm joins animated film producer Pixar, Marvel Studios, ESPN and ABC, all purchased by Disney in recent years.
The seventh part of the Star Wars saga, with a working title of “Episode 7,” is due to hit screens in 2015. It will be followed by Episodes 8 and 9. The trilogy will continue the story of Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo and Princess Leia beyond “Return of the Jedi”. George Lucas will serve as a creative consultant on the new movies. “I’m doing this so that the films will have a longer life,” Lucas said in an interview posted on YouTube. “I get to be a fan now … I sort of look forward to it. It's a lot more fun actually, than actually having to go out into the mud and snow.”