Paul McCartney is not a man to do things by half measure. This month has
seen him reach no fewer than three milestones performing All You
Need Is Love in front of the Queen and more than one million people at the
Golden Jubilee celebrations, turning 60 and marrying his partner of three
years, Heather Mills.
This impressive list of achievements is nothing unusual, perhaps, for a 21st-century icon. But for the former Beatle, who lost his first wife Linda to breast cancer four years ago, his wedding marks the start of a new chapter as it cements his love for a woman about whom he has said, "As soon as I met her I knew she was the one for me."
He in turn has been described by his bride as "the most romantic
man in the world", a fact borne out by the fairytale ceremony at
the 17th-century Castle Leslie in County Monaghan.
|12 JUNE 2002
Sir Paul McCartney married former model Heather Mills on Tuesday in a romantic ceremony at St Salvators church in the grounds of Irelands 17th-century Castle Leslie. Rain fell on the roof of the historic chapel as the two exchanged vows, but a double rainbow appeared in the sky as they emerged into the sunlight as husband and wife.
Heather, wearing an ivory lace gown she designed herself and clutching a bouquet of 11 McCartney roses, had kept Paul waiting for eight minutes before the ceremony, in line with tradition. The singer-songwriter stood patiently at the altar as Heather sailed to the church across the castles lake on a boat bedecked with white lilies.
The ceremony, which included a reading from Ringo Starr based on The Beatles hit, All You Need Is Love, began when the 34-year-old bride entered the church to the sounds of Heather, a song written for her from Pauls Driving Rain album. The romantic nuptials came to a rousing end, finishing off with cheers from friends and family members as the happy couple shared a kiss, and wedding bells pealed for 20 minutes.
Guests then headed to three-flower-filled marquees for an Indian vegetarian banquet, along with beer and champagne, and tasted a £1,000 four-tier chocolate wedding cake for dessert. Entertainment followed the theme, with a troupe of Indian dancers, and music by ten-piece band Celtic Bangra.
The £3-million wedding, planned down to the last detail, was strictly a family affair with the 300 invited guests including just a handful of celebs, including musician Jools Holland, The Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde, Pink Floyds David Gilmour, American actor Steve Buscemi, Sixties icon Twiggy, and tennis star Monica Seles.
Pauls designer daughter Stella McCartney was on hand, as was his eldest daughter Mary, who revealed just before the ceremony she is expecting her second child. Other family among the congregation included Pauls son James, his stepdaughter Heather, and the brides sister Claire.
Im very excited, said one of Pauls relatives, second cousin Sally Murphy. Paul and Heather love each other to bits but they are just normal people like us only with more money. And gifts for the wealthy couple ran the gamut from a bread maker from Pauls cousin Kate Robbins to donations to Heathers land mine charity. One unique gift was a framed sketch of the couple. What do you give a multi-millionaire? said the artist, cousin Ian Harris, 64. At least this is different.
The reception came to an end around 2am, when Paul and Heather sailed
back over the lake as fireworks went off overhead. They couple were then
whisked away in a helicopter to the £17-million yacht Salperton,
to start their honeymoon in a secret destination.
|GLASLOUGH, Ireland, June 11 Paul McCartney and fiancee Heather Mills had a little help from their friends and the ex-Beatles own music for their wedding Tuesday in a rambling castle under threatening Irish skies. The bride entered the 17th-century church to McCartneys song Heather which he wrote for his recent album, Driving Rain. As Mills, in a fitted ecru lace dress she designed, walked back up the aisle with McCartney, the organ played the Wedding March. McCartney wrote the song for the movie The Family Way in the 1960s.|
GLASLOUGH, Ireland, June 11 Paul McCartney and fiancee Heather Mills had a little help from their friends and the ex-Beatles own music for their wedding Tuesday in a rambling castle under threatening Irish skies. The bride entered the 17th-century church to McCartneys song Heather which he wrote for his recent album, Driving Rain. As Mills, in a fitted ecru lace dress she designed, walked back up the aisle with McCartney, the organ played the Wedding March. McCartney wrote the song for the movie The Family Way in the 1960s.
Paul McCartney's not looking so good. In fact, he's suffering from powdery mildew. At the same time, Barbra Streisand is bursting with good health -- green and glossy.
Of course, it's not Paul and Barbra themselves that provide such a contrast, but rather their two namesake roses in a San Francisco garden. That's because regardless of whether you prefer "Yesterday" to "The Way We Were," the McCartney rose is less resistant to fungal diseases than the Streisand rose.
A smart green gardener wouldn't plant a McCartney rose in San Francisco's fog belt, because black spot, rust, and powdery mildew are typically controlled by spraying fungicide. And roses that have been weakened by disease will also be more susceptible to attacks from other garden pests. That's why it's best to choose the right rose before you plant. Here's what you need to know:
Do your research. First do a little research to find out what kinds of roses do well in your climate. As a rule, all roses like lots of sunlight, but some varieties will tolerate partial shade as well as cooler, wetter environments better than others. Rugosa roses -- which include a wide number of varieties -- are particularly well-known for their disease resistance. Also, older varieties tend to be hardier (and better smelling) than newer ones. Miniature roses are also good.
Water smarter. Roses need lots of water, but it's important to do it right. Wet leaves can lead to blackspot fungus, so use a soaker to do a deep slow watering. This will also encourage deep roots and a healthy plant.
Air things out. Wet leaves don't contribute to powdery mildew (although a damp climate does). Keep plants that might be susceptible to this fungus healthy by pruning them so that they get plenty of air circulation. Plenty of sunlight and airflow is the goal.
Show some restraint. If black spot or powdery mildew appears on your plants in spite of all your precautions, don't immediately reach for the fungicide. For one thing, the fungicide won't "cure" fungus -- it's only effective as a preventative and to prevent spreading. First, remove all diseased leaves from the plant to stop the spread of disease. Then try spraying with a baking soda mixture to change the pH of the leaves. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoon baking soda and either 2 tablespoons horticultural oil or a few drops of Ivory liquid with 1 gallon of water. Mix well and spray both sides of the leaves once a week.
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Love, Love They DO!
By Stephen Williams, Staff Writer
June 12, 2002
First he was just Paul, then a Beatle, then the Walrus, then, for months, he was dead. Now he's remarried.
As church bells pealed in Ireland's County Monaghan yesterday (more than a few locals thought it was to celebrate Ireland's 3-nil win over Saudi Arabia in the World Cup), ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and ex-model Heather Mills tied the knot at a 300-year-old church.Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Elton John and producer George Martin were on hand as witnesses and joined some 300 guests in a post-nuptial lakeside vegetarian buffet on the grounds of Castle Leslie, a 17th Century estate in Glaslough.
The menu was also described by a caterer as "very liquid and alcoholic." Witnesses reported that, along with thousands of lilies and roses, crates of champagne and dozens of kegs of Guinness stout were stocked in.
The much-heralded $1-million-plus event was slightly soggy, but no heavy rain fell. The ceremony was reportedly delayed a short time when a couple of helicopters, ostensibly occupied by paparazzi, hovered above the church. Thousands of fans and reporters were jammed outside the estate's grounds, watching as limos with darkened windows glided past.
Bells rang just after 5 p.m. (about noon in New York) signaling the hour-long ceremony was done.
Mills, who is 34 -- 25 years younger than "Macca," as her husband is called in his homeland -- had entered the church to the strains of "Heather, a new song by McCartney. She wore a fitted ecru lace dress she helped design, and she carried a bouquet of roses and peonies. As the pair walked down the aisle, an organist played a wedding march McCartney composed for a 1966 movie, "The Family Way.
McCartney allowed few photographers at the wedding. Newspapers and news outlets, including Newsday, were asked to pay $1,500 to run the picture of McCartney and Mills. The money was to be given to charity.
Despite reports of friction with Mills, McCartney's four children, including his fashion-designer daughter Stella, arrived at the castle Monday. McCartney's brother, Mike, was once again his best man.
Sir Paul and his first wife, Linda, who died of breast cancer
in 1998, never spent a day apart in their 29-year marriage, McCartney
has said. The Daily Mail reported the couple would spend last night in
the castle's Red Room.