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Rod’s real world — privacy, please…Art and ambassadors in Washington…Love blooms for Orlando.

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Rod Stewart turned down a $40 million offer from one of the cable channels to star in his own reality show with his girlfriend, Penny Lancaster, and his five children: Kimberly, Sean, Ruby, Renee and Liam. The producers also hoped he’d convince such ex-wives and lovers as Alana Hamilton, Kelly Emberg and Rachel Hunter to drop by and make cameo appearances. Rod, speaking as a chap who already has a sizable fortune, a Victorian castle in England and a Beverly Hills mansion that is gracing the cover of the current Architectural Digest, claims he just doesn’t want his personal life invaded, although he does find the idea interesting. Still, if you don’t mind, he’d like to keep his private life private. He says every time he looks at his lovely California house, even though there are hundreds of hairs on everything (all his kids have chihuahuas) he just wants to keep it for their eyes only. Do I hear $50 million?

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All is not heated and hostile politics in our lovely capital of Washington, D.C. Believe it or not, culture and the arts are alive and kicking, as witnessed last week by the artistic events in the wake of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, know as FAPE, whose purpose is just what the name heralds, keeping our embassies all over the world beautiful with the help of famous Americans, who donate their works to the project.

The evening began with a reception given at the residence of the German Ambassador and Mrs. Jutta Falke-Ischinger, followed by a dinner that evening at the State Department hosted by Secretary of State and Mrs. Colin Powell where all hands dined deliciously on ceviche, rack of lamb and a dessert called Jamaican Snowball. (Don’t ask).

The evening ended with a perfectly lovely serenade played by all 20 members of the U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings. But not before Jo Carole Lauder, the guiding spirit of FAPE, unveiled Alex Katz’s “Marigold,” a screen print of yellow blossoms on a deep green background donated by the late Lee Kimchee McGrath from her collection of original prints. FAPE also commissioned two major wall sculptures from Ellsworth Kelly for the new U.S. Embassy to be built in Beijing plus two sculptures by Louise Bourgeois for the same embassy.
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