Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of fashion house Chanel, recently announced plans to create a hotel in association with “the King of Gambling”, Stanley Ho Hung-sun. The Karl Lagerfeld hotel is planned for Macau’s Cotai Strip but it’s unclear whether the designer will bring his “spoiled princess” along for the ride when the premises opens in 2017. Lagerfeld’s Persian cat, Choupette, travels with him by private jet, has three maids and is rumoured to bathe in champagne. Earlier this year, the German designer launched a typically undiplomatic tirade against French President Francois Hollande … In an attempt to boost his popularity, Hollande has hired Pierre-Yves Bocquet to inject life into his public speeches. A graduate of one of France’s elite schools for civil servants, Bocquet is now Hollande’s chief speechwriter but, unknown to the Elysee Palace, he has been leading a double life under the pseudonym Pierre Evil, a hip-hop music critic and author of the 2005 book Gangsta Rap . On an official state visit to the United States in February, Hollande joined President Barack Obama on a stroll around Monticello, the hilltop plantation home of American founding father Thomas Jefferson … The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the US, Jefferson was an opponent of the slave trade, believing the practice was harmful to both slave and master. Himself “owning” more than 200 slaves, the contradictory Jefferson formally freed only two of them during his lifetime and five more in his will. In a 1789 letter to American painter John Trumbull, Jefferson identified the “three greatest men that have ever lived, without any exception” as Francis Bacon, John Locke and Isaac Newton … Born on December 25, 1642, and thus sharing the same birthday as the son of God, one of the most influential scientists in human history has caused some religious doubters to rename Christmas “Newtonmas”. December 25 “is the birthday of one of the truly great men ever to walk the Earth. His achievements might justly be celebrated wherever his truths hold sway. Happy Newton day!” wrote celebrated evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins. Sir Isaac Newton is also the name of a newt in the children’s book The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher, written by Beatrix Potter … Following her death from pneumonia and heart disease in 1943, the English illustrator and conservationist bequeathed nearly all of her countryside property, and the original illustrations to her books, to Britain’s National Trust. The sizeable gift, which included 16 farms and cottages, herds of cattle and more than 1,600 hectares of land, protected the land in the Lake District National Park that had inspired the nature-loving Potter. In the 2006 biopic Miss Potter , the children’s author was portrayed by Academy Award-winner Renee Zellweger. However, that role was originally set to be played by Cate Blanchett … The Australian actress is currently developing an onscreen adaptation of Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s graphic novel/memoir Cancer Vixen: A True Story , the tale of the cartoonist’s 11-month battle with breast cancer, in which Blanchett will star and executive produce. Last month, Blanchett won her second Oscar, a first for any Australian, for her portrayal of a luxury-obsessed New York housewife who loses everything in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. The bespoke navytrimmed boucle jacket she wears in the movie was created especially for Blanchett by the cat-doting Karl Lagerfeld.