London Lite Monday, 3 August 2009 11 Rock starvillaused by BBCs execs in CannesAmbillfor licencepayers foundmagazine.com the inspiration for this collection of discarded love letters, poetry and doodles came when the sites author, Davy, found this note mistakenly pinned to his car: Mario I hate you. You said you had to work, so whys your car at heR place? I hate you, Amber. truefriendtest.com Do YouR friends and family really know you? You can find out the answer at truefriendtest.com, which allows you to create a customised quiz with questions all about you that you can then send to your nearest and dearest and see how well they score. hulahoops.com eveRY time we see the hula hoops finger puppet ad, it raises a little snigger. Its very silly, but its very funny. Could you do better though? Make your own finger puppet film, upload it to this site, and you could win a holiday to the uS. theres even music and sound effects ready to use. uRsula hiRsChkoRn EMAIL YOUR TIMEWASTERS TO: wasters@thisislondon.co.uk/lite Timew@ster What to browse when the boss isnt looking THE BBC admitted today to routinely hiring a 20,000-a-week villa in Cannes for entertaining media executives. The holiday home -- once owned by record producer Mickie Most -- boasts a swimming pool, Mediterranean views and a chef. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show the BBC spent 90,530 hiring the villa five times in three years. The corporation admitted using it twice a year for at least seven or eight years -- figures on its cost are available only since 2006. Beeb staff paid 73,838 to use the villa on three occasions between 2006 and 2008 and a further 16,692 on travel and hospitality during two stays in 2008 and 2009. The total cost of the villa, paid for out of licence payers money, is likely to be more than a quarter of a million pounds. One TV executive who was a guest at the villa said: It is a complete jolly. It is just wrong. They could stay in a hotel for 80 euros a n i g h t . J o h n Whittingdale, Tory c h a i r m a n o f t h e Commons culture, media and sport Select Committee, said: You dont have to put people up in a five-star villa in Cannes. At a time when the BBC is claiming to be short of cash, it does seem extravagant. The BBC insisted the villa was good value, saying finance events at the pad every April and October brought in more than 80m a year. Meanwhile, it emerged that Jay Hunt, the 280,000- a-year controller of BBC1, is involved in running a company which provides training to the broadcaster. Ms Hunt, 42, is company secretary of BrightsparkTV, which charges thousands of pounds for training presenters who work for the Beeb. It is run by her husband Ian Blandford. by bo wilson A complete jolly: the villa once owned by record producer Mickie Most and, far left, BBC1 controller Jay Hunt index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html