As you may recall, Football god David Beckham announced last February that he would exercise his option to become the owner of a new U.S. Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, but then he and his partners have been unable to find political support for their stadium plans (Beckham’s MLS team plans falter). So, being an international star and businessman, Beckham was probably the natural choice to present the Hero Abroad Award to the crew of the HMS Illustrious, in celebration of the ship’s thirty years of service, at the Sun newspaper’s Military Awards last night. Especially since–much like the football star–the war ship has now been decommissioned.
The Daily Mail headline of the Sun event was soo Dailimailish: Dapper dude! David Beckham cuts a sharp figure in an immaculately tailored tuxedo as he attends Night Of Heroes Military Awards. Check for yourselves, it’s all one headline.
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“The former footballer looked handsome as ever in his black tuxedo, ” the Mail gushed. Which can’t be denied. He did. But, come, on, we all look great in a tuxedo. Beckham looks great in anything, anywhere. And that’s probably why The football icon has teamed up with Global Brands to create a new label, alongside business partner Simon Fuller, called “Victoria’s excited.” Damn, is she ever (David Beckham to create new fashion line: ‘Victoria’s excited’).
Anyway, Beckham said it was “humbling” to hand the award to HMS Illustrious’ first skipper, Admiral Sir Jock Slater, and its last, Captain Mike Utley who had both helped and protected nations around the world.
In case you were wondering: Beckham’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Beckham has referred to himself as “half Jewish” and wrote in his autobiography: “I’ve probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion.” However, in his biography, Both Feet on the Ground, he states that growing up he attended church every week with his parents and his older sister, Lynne Georgina and younger sister, Joanne Louise. So he truly is “half Jewish, ” as stated.
One last thing: today, the British Scouting Association apologized to all previous members who had been abused at camps and meetings after the BBC reported that dozens of ex-scouts had begun legal action against the organisation, Reuters reported. Then they listed some of those past members: U.S. President Barack Obama, ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former England football captain David Beckham and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
And now you know more than you wanted to about politics, sports, and music…