Sunday, July 01, 2007
Bridget Rowe: Where is she now?
In Fleet Street mythology, Bridget Rowe was once a monstrous chthonic* character whose pathetic attempts at emulation of the Kelvin Mackenzie-saurus - the unreconstructed scrote par excellence - finally led to her downfall at Mirror Group at the hands of (ironically) her anti-idol some time in the late '90s.
In the evolutionary history of women in senior management journalism, she was some hideous throwback to a reptile-like lineage who, in mutated Godzilla style, rampaged over all and sundry - man, woman and cancer victim. The very sight of her vast, glazed white choppers - aesthetically, tusks - was enough to turn any decent sentient life to stone. These were not fangs for the aid of digestion but some sort of genetic trope (or topos) for the impregnation of horror in the beholder - all the more horrible when framed by those Joker-style carmine-slapped lips whose slime and lipstick trails led to all sorts of interesting places.
This Medusa of Misery is not heard of these days - she is never mentioned in best editor lists, you will not find her wretched name in any book index. No memoirs, no Tina Brown-style reinvention, no longed-for TV fame; not even an honour from HM or PM. True, in 2004, she wrote a guest column for Press Gazette but this only served to confirm her uncharacteristic good judgement in not pursuing a writing career. Nothing followed. It's as if even the Street of Shame dare not remind itself of her one-time regnancy (or existence). She was last seen flogging T-shirts at Ascot about two years ago.
Do you know where this creature has gone to ground? Did she perchance mount a horse that carried her over the rainbow? Do you have something to tell me about her? Madame Arcati is all ears.
*Pertains to a thing of the underworld
PS I've remained intrigued by Stephen Glover's 1998 investigation into the curious case of the 130,000+ phantom "sold" copies of Rowe's The People which nonetheless were recorded as sales in 1994 - a case not resolved so far as I know. Ancient history in tabloid terms but worth thinking about - for those who care about such matters click here.