TAMARA ECCLESTONE AND THE JET SET CROWD – There’s nothing quite like laying jealously on the table and dishing it up with ridicule to complete a scathing report; which is exactly what one of the Daily Mail columnists, Catherine Ostler, did in a recent article on the up and coming wedding of Tamara Ecclestone.
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I have to admit these sorts of columns do provide me with a really good chuckle and lay bare the vindictiveness that so often is accompanied by pure jealously.
For those of you not up to speed with the Ecclestone’s latest escapades it’s now the turn of Tamara Ecclestone to get married and just after a very brief romance of a couple of months. As Tamara put it… ‘When you know, you know and he’s the right one for me.’
That’s fair enough in my book; I’ve known loads of people to get married after only knowing each other for a very short period of time. There are those who have even married without even actually met one another and many of these marriages last a life time.
So what’s Catherine’s boggle about; why would she write such an uncomplimentary column on a woman who is obviously happy with her choice. After all if it doesn’t work out there’s always a divorce court and hopefully she’s being smart enough to get the chap to sign a prenup.
The issue is not just the fact that Tamara Ecclestone is going to get married to someone she barely knows but the fact that this wedding is expected to top the expense of her sister’s wedding, Petra Ecclestone, which reportedly cost an eye-watering £12 million.
For many I suppose, including Catherine Ostler, find the whole affair just a little bit too ostentatious and even outright offensive.
It might appear that the likes of Tamara and Petra Ecclestone are simply leeching of the back of their fathers, Bernie Ecclestone, success but truthfully what father would deny his daughters a sumptuous wedding if money was not object.
Every year thousands of couples get married, some at home while others jet off to tropical destinations to fulfill their dream weddings; so is it any different for Tamara?
Yes it could be argued that Tamara, along with her sister Petra, live a luxurious lifestyle which has only been afforded to them through their fathers success and that without him the pair would probably be lucky to get a job in McDonald’s – not that I’m suggesting McDonald’s is not much in the way of a career choice of course but rather it’s unlikely it’ll ever make you fabulously wealthy.
Really this comes down to horses for course and while I am sure many of you would be chomping at the bit and fuming at Tamara’s extravagance I wonder how many of you are just plain jealous.
Money, it’s the root of all evil and yet we can’t do without it and rarely do we have enough. If on the assumption that the majority of the comments on the article were true then there wouldn’t be a market for the National Lottery or the Euro Lottery – none of us would be that shallow as to play to win.
I’ve been asked on a number of occasions; considering I own a dot com, what it’s like to be wealthy. Most are pretty shocked when I tell them I don’t know and in fact I’ve never even seen the inside of Business Class on a commercial airliner.
Not all dot com owners are wealthy; in fact the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, are few and far between; despite what you might read in the press.
One thing I’ve noticed over my years of writing and that’s how a particular news story surrounding the rich will always get more attention than human tragedy. We like to think of ourselves as caring humanitarians and yet the truth is we pay more attention to the world’s celebrities and wealthy than we do to human suffering.
The truth here is that most of us are jealous and that we like to mock and berate the wealthy just because they often spend money as if it is no concern; frankly it isn’t when it runs into billions.
I’ve been told that it’s not so much that the rich spend money but the way in which they flaunt it. On that basis why do so many lottery winners elect for media attention?
It is nothing unusual for those winning the lottery to participate in announcing their windfall to the public in the media – it’s almost as if they want to rub the noses of those who didn’t win in the dirt.
It would appear that it’s not so much about how much the wealthy spend but rather how they flaunt it. To be honest if I ever became wealthy through my efforts the last thing I would ever want is media attention; give me the money but the fame I do not want.
While I am not rich or even fairly comfortable, I am not averse to having wealth. I think it must be wonderful to fly 1st Class, hell what about a private jet? I would love to sail around the Mediterranean in a super yacht and oh boy what I wouldn’t give to own an Aston Martin DB9 and a Bentley GT Continental – oh yeah, that’s the life.
Just imagine for a moment, without thoughts of jealously towards others, what it must be like to wake up in the morning and deciding on a whim that by the evening you’ll be jetting off to a tropical destination just to have some fun without a care in the world… yes, that’s why most people buy a lottery ticket every week and yet never go to church to pray for the needy or for world peace.
I’m sorry but getting jealous over what someone else can afford is never going to change your situation unless you either win the lottery or do as I do… work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week and sacrifice any type of social life in the hope that one day your little venture will make good on your efforts.
Finally I do agree that there are lots of people out there who find wealth more than a little distasteful and wouldn’t have a lottery ticket if they were given one for free; but they are few and far between.
The next time you read an article that admonishes someone in the public eye for their extravagance stop and think for a moment what it must be like. If you want the same put your jealously aside and channel your efforts and emotions into something productive; maybe you could end up splashing out £12 million for a wedding without having to worry about how it affects the bank balance.
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If you had £1 billion in the bank tomorrow what would be the first thing you would do and what would be your first purchase? Leave your comments below.