Marketing hacks, contrary to popular belief, are unaccustomed to being
stopped in the streets and asked for autographs. So when it happened to
our deputy news editor Julian Lee last week, he was extremely flattered;
he had no idea that his oeuvres about retail marketing had gained such a
On the third and fourth occasions, however, he began to get suspicious.
Then the calls started. Contacts all over London were phoning in with
strange comments about ‘Bolly’. Eventually, it dawned: our Jules is a
dead ringer for Paolo, Saffy’s fiance in the final episodes of
Absolutely Fabulous, which went out earlier this month.
Julian is a charming chap without a hint of the chauvinism which made
Paolo so odious. Curiously, however, Edina-like PR people have been
known to bring out the very worst in him (there’s no need to go into
details - the PR people concerned know what we mean). In fact, Paolo at
his sarcastic nicest could have been based on one of Jules’s frustrated
rants. Coincidence? Mix is not so sure. Jennifer Saunders must do her