20 Thursday, 3 September 2009 London Lite Jokebox......... You cant use that ticket, not before 10 oclock. Not on a Friday Fast talkAn instant interview with... paul weller THE 51-year-old music veteran recently played the Hop Farm Festival in Kent and will tour the UK in November and December. He is working on his follow-up to the album 22 Dreams. East or west London? West, because I live there. Its pretty central and convenient. A Brit or an Ivor Novello Award? Any award is always nice! I have won both, so I am quite lucky. Fish and chips or a roast dinner? I like a roast with Yorkshires and all that, but give me fish and chips any day. Beer or wine? I like both, but have to say beer. Gibson guitar or Fender? A Gibson 68 SG is my favourite. Intimate venue or large arena audience? We played The O2 recently and I really liked it. But a favourite venue is the 100 Club on Oxford Street, where Ive played a lot. Football or cricket? Football. Im a Chelsea fan but havent been for about five years, when I took my daughter. Tea or coffee? Tea, definitely. The Cappuccino Kid was just a phase. The Beatles or Rolling Stones? Ill go for The Beatles (with Paul McCartney, right). I like both, but growing up you were either one or the other and I went with The Beatles. Pre-written lyrics or studio improv? This time around it has been a question of trial and error, which is producing better results. GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN DucHEssOfyORkDENIEssHEsHAvINGfINANcIALDIffIcuLTy Three firms take fergie to court over 21k bills USBstickvirus crashedcouncil THE DUCHESS of York has been taken to court by three firms in the past year over more than 21,000 in unpaid bills. The claims were brought against Sarah Ferguson by an accountancy company, a property law firm and a photographic business. But a spokesman for the duchess insisted today that she is not in financial difficulty and has settled the matters. It comes a month after Fergie was criti- cised for being out of touch and offering patronising advice to residents on a tough Manchester estate for a documen- tary. The residents said they were wrongly portrayed as poverty stricken. The duchess was pursued through the courts for a total of 21,539. The first case was brought by MJ Brooks accountants in Hertfordshire, which wanted 17,672 for an unpaid bill plus 460 in legal fees, through Central London County Court.Another 1,750 was demanded by a specialist firm of tax and property lawyers through Northampton County Court. Finally, the Shades photographic com- pany in Woking, Surrey, wanted 2,117 for prints. Its claim was lodged in September last year but it was June before it received its money. Sources close to the duchess say she does not dispute the claims. The source said: I have no idea how it got to this stage, but there are no concerns about her personal finances, and to suggest otherwise would be wrong. A COMPUTER virus that crippled a London council for weeks was caused by a worker plugging an infected memory stick into a PC. The virus spread rapidly, forcing Tory-run Ealing council to cut web and phone links to preserve core systems and data. Further shutdowns followed when the network was hit twice in the next week, and all terminals had to be replaced. This left cash-strapped Ealing with a 501,000 bill for the recovery and in lost revenue -- but this may top 1.1m if a new security system is needed. Julian Bell, leader of Ealings Labour group, said: We cannot afford to lose this sort of money. by mArk blunden Settled: Ferguson didnt pay photos bill on time 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html