Eurythm on the River
Remember the rockin' Eurythmics? Yesterday the British band staged a mini-concert on the River Thames to announce its first major tour in 10 years, which will benefit Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Band members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart performed their short set on the Rainbow Warrior II, a Greenpeace vessel.
Lennox and Stewart began work on a new album last year, almost a decade after drifting apart. Lennox, whose biggest hit was 1983's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," told the London crowd, "We are so proud to be here. This is a very noble boat."
The pair plan to encourage fans to pledge at least $16 each to Greenpeace and Amnesty.
The tour begins in September in Germany and travels to France, Italy, the United States, Australia, Sweden and Denmark before wrapping up in Britain in December.
Brits to Freeze Queen's Pay
The British coffers are in for a bit of adjustment. The Independent has reported that Queen Elizabeth's pay will be frozen because she has received about 20 million pounds ($31.5 million) too much during the last decade.
Unnamed sources at the Treasury said that government payments to the queen, her husband, Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother have amounted to 8.9 million pounds a year since 1991 under an agreement based on the assumption that inflation would run about 7.5 percent, but it is now closer to 2.5 percent.
To compensate for a decade of over-generous payments, the paper reported Sunday, the country's finance minister, Gordon Brown, planned to block any increase in public money used by the royals for official duties. The amount paid to the royals is assessed every 10 years, but Brown reportedly wants that changed to every three years to take better account of inflation.
Word from the royal family was a simple announcement last week that since the family had decided to use scheduled air flights and trains more often, it has saved 4.5 million pounds over the past year on travel. Also mentioned was how the cost of gas and electricity used in the royal residences had fallen.
Cindy's Gerber Baby
"Over the moon," says new mom and model Cindy Crawford after the birth of her son, Presley Walker Gerber. Born Friday at an undisclosed hospital in the Los Angeles area, the little Gerber is the first child for Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber. He weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Crawford, 33, and Gerber, 36, married in May 1998. He runs the clubs Skybar in Los Angeles and Whiskey Park in New York.
Mandela & Fergie
Sarah Ferguson, on her first visit to South Africa, met with Nelson Mandela at his home Sunday. "We had a lovely talk with the duchess," Mandela told reporters. "She is such a super person and down-to-earth."
Mandela, 80, joked with the small media contingent, implying that he had already been forgotten since President Thabo Mbeki was elected in June. "Although you don't care for me now that I've stepped down as president . . . Her Royal Highness has a different opinion."
CAPTION: Cindy Crawford (in 1998): Mom's the word.