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House-warming fun at Skidmore Towers.

THE flak has been flying at Skidmore Towers as the 15 housemates have settled into their new surroundings.

Last week the Sunday Roast launched its own exciting version of the TV cult fly-on-the-wall programme 'Big Brother.'

Fifteen of the biggest personalties in Midlands football, past and present - including David Ginola, Paul Peschisolido and Karren Brady - have taken residence in my Victorian mansion, on the outskirts of Solihull.

For the next few months they will be cut off completely from the outside world. And from next weekend, the residents will vote to evict an unpopular housemate every Sunday.

The highlight of the first week at Skidmore Towers was the house-warming party which went with a big bang especially when serial hell-raiser Stan Collymore let off a fire extinguisher in the hall and Kevin Muscat flattened Gareth Southgate's nose in the pepperoni pizza.

A bleary-eyed Fabian De Freitas turned up just as the shindig was winding down, which created much hilarity, having been told by wisecracking David James that it was a brunch party and Jan Molby was in the doghouse for consuming the entire contents of three large bowls of raspberry trifle. It would have been sherry trifle but Paul Merson got to the bottle first!

Brian Little took on the role of party-pooper - standing in the corner of the sitting room with a lamp shade on his head - while Coventry's wheeler-dealer chairman Bryan Richardson was strangely pre-occupied by flogging the Aga cooker in Skidmore Towers and replacing it with a Primus stove.

The only sour note came when Dele Adebola and Benito Carbone squared up in the kitchen after the Blues striker refused to do the washing up. 'I'm on strike,' bemoaned the tall Nigerian. At least Trevor Francis saw the funny side of it. 'Come on, Dele, do the flaming washing up,' he protested, 'you've been on strike for the last three seasons.'
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Author:Skidmore, Roger
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2000
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