Category: Lifestyle of the rich and famous

King & Queen of Philippine Prime Time TV

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera tied the knot just before 2014 blew its final breath.

The tandem of Dingdong and Marian has been brangelinalised into their very own DongYan moniker! ūüôā

The wedding was lavish, to say the least, fit for a king and queen of prime time television in the Philippines, where 100 million, and counting, viewers are regularly glued to various teleserye (television drama series)  where this couple reigns supreme.

Marian Rivera wore an impossibly gorgeous wedding gown by an up and coming Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer, Michael Cinco, who designs clothes for the moneyed Hollywood celebrities.

The wedding was the talk of the town as well as the cyberworld for its mega extravaganza and unbelievable extravagance.

The wedding was attended by PNoy himself Рthe incumbent president of the Philippines.  One thing to take into consideration is that, PNoy is apparently a very, very busy man.  Afterall he is THE numero uno servant of more than 100 million Filipinos, who are in varying degrees of wealth and much poverty.  PNoy was so busy dealing with ways in how to make more money for the country, for thieves in the government to make merry with.  LOL.


But the DongYan matrimonial jubilation was not something to be missed.  They are a powerful couple, very influential. Holding onto their coat tails can only be for the better.  Anyway, PNoy knows this and knows where his priorities lie and therefore, despite his busy schedule he had to attend and be one of the shiny, happy people partaking the generosity of the couple and their sponsors.

As we can now know a few weeks later, PNoy went back to being really busy again that he cannot attend the arrival/repatriation of the bodies of 42 slained policemen, who valiantly fought the insurgents in Mindanao.  PNoy was much too busy instead celebrating the opening of a new plant of Mitsubishi, somewhere in Laguna.

King & Queen of Philippine Prime Time TV

The DongYan wedding may have created a world record for the hugest, biggest wedding cake in the world, ever.  The cake stood at 12 feet tall, certainly enough to sweeten the palates of the thousands of wedding attendees.

After the wedding DongYan enjoyed a romantic European honeymoon.

But even kings and queens have to surface and join the hoi polloi in the real world sometimes.  And yes, Dingdong and Marian are back to doing what they do best Рteleserye!

Dingdong has just started the GMA drama series called Pari ‘Koy (Priest Koy), where he will be playing a Catholic priest (ideally a celibate priest ūüėČ lol) And wait for this, Marian is doing The Rich Man’s daughter, and by early account, sweet, fragrant Marian will be entering the world of lesbianism. hehehe

celibacy and lesbianism for the newly married king and queen of Philippine prime time tv?!!!  Good choices or more Freudian in nature?!!!

Egg-size Diamond Sells for $30m

Diamonds are sublimely useless.  You cannot eat them or drive them home.
– Matthew Hart


White diamond sells for $30m at Hong Kong auction

Price for flawless 118-carat stone, which is the size of a small egg, is highest ever paid for a white diamond

Associated Press in Hong Kong, 

A model holds the flawless oval diamond

A model holds the flawless oval diamond during a media preview at Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong. Photograph: Laurent Fievet/AFP/Getty Images

A white diamond the size of a small egg has been sold for $30.6m (£19m) at an auction in

Two phone bidders competed for the 118-carat white diamond from Africa in six minutes of measured bidding until one dropped out in the Sotheby’s jewellery auction on Monday night.

The biannual sale in the southern Chinese city draws collectors from across mainland China and Asia, helping to make the city one of the world’s busiest auction hubs.

“Hong Kong has in the last few years pulled itself up alongside Geneva and New York as one of the three major selling centres at auction” for diamonds, said Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and an international diamond expert.

The flawless white oval diamond, mined and cut two years ago, fell under the hammer at HK$212m ($27.3m), coming in just under the $28m minimum value as estimated by Sotheby’s. The price was bumped up to $30.6m including commission. It was more than the previous record of $26.7m for a white diamond set in May at Christie’s in Geneva.

The stone, which weighed 299 carats when it was found in the rough in 2011, is the largest diamond graded by the Gemological Institute of America. Sotheby’s says it was discovered in southern Africa but won’t name the country because the seller wishes to remain anonymous.

The auction’s other highlight, a 7.6-carat flawless round vivid blue diamond which had an estimate of $19m, failed to reach its reserve price. The two gems were among 330 lots of rare jewellery that fetched a total of $95m, $15m less than expected.

The world record price for a jewel at auction was set in 2010 when the London jeweller Laurence Graff paid $46m for a “fancy intense pink” diamond weighing 24.8 carats. That record could be blown away in November when Sotheby’s puts a pink 59.6-carat diamond on the block that is expected to fetch more than $60m in Geneva.

For Margie Moran Floirendo, 60 is really the new 40

 If someone really lives up to her title and the blurb that goes with the pageantry, then it is Margie Moran.  This woman is tireless in promoting the beauty regimen, health and fitness and even more tireless in working towards her many charities.

To Margie Moran, you are truly deserving of your title and true inspiration to womenfolk not only of the Philippines but of the world and the universe. ūüėČ


For Margie Moran Floirendo, 60 is really the new 40

4:04 am | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013


DANCING the tango with Jay Jarana in an Ito Curata outfit


Forty years after being crowned Miss Universe, Maria Margarita ‚ÄúMargie‚ÄĚ Moran Floirendo is still hot‚ÄĒat 60. Beyond looking good for her age, she still makes news.

When she celebrated her birthday two Saturdays ago at Whitespace, Floirendo announced her age with pride.

‚ÄúI contemplated that for a whole year. I was excited to turn 60,‚ÄĚ she says.

The media has been harping on 60 as the new 40. In a survey conducted by the UK Daily Mail, respondents set down age 66 as ‚Äúold,‚ÄĚ not 60. At 60, many of them said, they felt they were in their best financial and physical shape ever.

The Daily Telegraph also describes ‚Äú60‚ÄĚ as the time for ‚Äúlate-life epiphany‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúthe age of creative renewal.‚ÄĚ


HELPING build a home in Baseco, Tondo for Habitat for Humanity


‚ÄúThe joke used to be that life began at 40, but it seems like it really gets going at 60,‚ÄĚ says the Daily Mail.

‚ÄúTurning 60 is one of the most exciting things to experience because I feel confident,‚ÄĚ says Floirendo.

She recalls how her grandmother had a younger lover, and how her mother didn’t slow down at that age.

‚ÄúWhen you say 60 is the new 40, you can be youthful in your mind, but not physically,‚ÄĚ says Floirendo.

Still, she prepared for her big to-do. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt want to look heavy-duty.‚ÄĚ

The former dancer took private ballet lessons for three months at Arts in the City to shape up for her number in her party.

She went on the HcG diet, which restricts calories to 500 a day. Floirendo lost 15 lbs, and became trim enough to fit into a body-hugging Hervé Léger.


Working with women from different cultures and backgrounds via the Mindanao Commission of Women.


Her daughter’s wedding

She admits she’s still trying to cut down on her carbohydrates, sugar and salt, as she girds for her daughter’s wedding.

Monica Floirendo, a culinary consultant, and banker Keenan Ugarte will tie the knot in January in the family-owned Pearl Farm.

As an endorser of the Belo Medical Group, Floirendo took Dr. Vicki Belo’s supplements and underwent stem-cell rejuvenation.

She admits that she has tried minimally invasive procedures such as stem-cell technology with dermal fillers.

‚ÄúMaybe when I‚Äôm 65, I will look 60,‚ÄĚ she says with her trademark girlish giggle.

At her party, baby boomers forgot about midlife and relived their youth in the sparkling disco days of the ’70s. The event’s highlight was a mock restaging of her coronation in the Miss Universe Pageant in Athens, Greece.

With the Bagobos who make a living weaving fine t’nalak for retail


In her life, Floirendo has worn many crowns of responsibility‚ÄĒas a tourism executive, producer, writer and humanitarian, among others.

Her career largely depended not so much on her youthful appearance as on her leadership skills.

When she became president of the 44-year-old Ballet Philippines, the company grew in size, attracted bigger audiences and raised more donations and revenues. Plans are afoot to improve the housing program for dancers and build another studio.

Affordable housing

Upon the invitation of Fernando Zobel de Ayala, chair of the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Asia-Pacific Capital Campaign, Floirendo has also been working as a trustee of the campaign.

‚ÄúHe asked me to help in the Youth Build volunteer group,‚ÄĚ recalls Floirendo, who was in her mid-40s¬†when she joined HFH, an international nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for the poor.

She witnessed how, in a decade, projects grew from 200 houses built to 5,000 houses a year. HFH works with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to give shelter to Filipinos living in danger zones.

Since the Floirendos own agricultural businesses and ports in Mindanao, she focused on areas that have been devastated by calamities.

Some 6,000 houses will rise in Cagayan de Oro after the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo. In Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, HFH assisted victims of Typhoon Bopha.

Floirendo adds, ‚ÄúAs part of the rehabilitation and peace process, we got funding from the European Union. We built houses in post-conflict areas.‚ÄĚ

She says HFH¬†has been very transparent with donors and the DWSD. ‚ÄúWe make sure they visit the communities to see where their money went.‚ÄĚ

Floirendo continues to work for the support of agencies, DWSD and private donors, for capital and land. She’s encouraged her daughters to volunteer to help build houses or raise funds.

‚ÄúI merely serve as a catalyst,‚ÄĚ she says.

Peace advocate

As women’s issues are close to her heart, Floirendo is the chair and a founding member of the Mindanao Commission of Women (MCW), an nongoverment organization that works to foster harmony among Muslim, Christian and tribal woman leaders in the region.

‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been teaching women how to confront feuds and establish peace in their communities,‚ÄĚ she says.

One of its most successful programs was the ‚ÄúMothers for Peace‚ÄĚ campaign in 2003, which crusaded¬†for nonviolence and drew attention to the plight of civilians, especially women and children in war-torn areas of Maguindanao.

Floirendo was at the forefront of this campaign, collaborating with Archbishop Orlando Quevedo and Tabang Mindanao, an NGO. After three months of intense media campaign, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front declared a ceasefire.

‚ÄúWe want to have a vision of what Mindanao will be 20 years from now. We have been having conferences with the MILF to make sure that when they get funds, they set some aside for women‚Äôs livelihood.‚ÄĚ

One result was when Tarhata Ibrahim, Nur Misuari’s second wife, successfully organized a women’s program after a peace agreement.

Floirendo says the country needs more education in building peace, especially in conflict-ridden areas. MCW is working with women’s groups to influence lawmakers to make better laws and policies.

The former beauty queen certainly knows how to balance substance and style. A few days after her disco party, Floirendo flew to Davao for an HFH fund-raising activity at Abreeza Mall.

While busy with travel, tango lessons and socials, she finds time to listen to lectures on meditation.

‚ÄúAt this age, you‚Äôre more aware that you have to live life to the fullest,‚ÄĚ she says.

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Freeloader on a Mega Scale on Filipinos’ Hard Earned Money

This is such a shocking and yet all too familiar scenario.

A Freeloader on a Mega Scale on Filipinos’ Hard Earned Money

Allegedly the girl on the photos below has been living off the P10b pork barrel intended for the Filipino people.

How absolutely appalling!  I find this  so horrendous and awful as a Filipino living in the UK and seeing how there are fairly stringent laws and procedures against corrupt and misuse of public funding.  My husband who is bemused by the pork barrel method thinks that there are so many pigs with their snouts in trough (a British saying, meaning too many people dipping into available money for their own use.)

Those people who fleeced monies from the pork barrel should be made to pay back what they got and be punished severely.   Those who jumped on the gravy train must be pushed off.

It is beyond contempt what was done.  Apparently to partake a piece of the action, some senators and their cohorts willingly agreed to the creation of  bogus non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The monies which were sorely needed by the majority of Filipinos ( living on the bread line, some in abject poverty) were trickling down and being siphoned off by people who have more money than they need, already but they are always avaricious and power tripping.

Jeanne Lim Napoles, through her corrupt mother – Janet Lim Napoles, ¬†lives on largesse of money meant for the masses, ¬†parades with so much pride and self aggrandisement. Showing off her self-satisfaction and ego tripping by hobnobbing with pop stars/celebrities. ¬†Wearing the most expensive clothes and accessories other people’s money can buy!!!

The girl does not do bargain basement shopping. ¬†If it is not designer, she is not interested, well you can’t blame her attitude, she is not really paying for it, 97 Million Filipinos do!!!

Jeanne Lim Napoles, do not have a care in the world,  there is always more money where it came from, bugger the poor Filipinos for a Hermes bag.

Filipino children can go and die of poverty as long as she has a new pair of YSL shoes.

Adult and young Filipinos can live a life of illiteracy, young Jeane does not give a damn as long as she is clothed in Chanel.

Filipinos can walk miles and miles in rough terrain everyday of their lives as long as Jeanne is shod in Jimmy Choos.

OFWs can be abused abroad as long as Jeane Lim Napoles and her like can travel in luxury luggaged by Louis Vuitton.

Filipinos can drown in flood water, as long as Jeane Lim Napoles and her likes can fly first class all the way with a chauffeur driven limo ready and waiting at the tarmac.

One thing though, despite the riches she has on hand, she seems to have forgotten to eat.  She looks like a stick insect.  Probably too busy shopping!!!

Hope this girl will develop a bit of shame and be guilty enough to return all the things she has been enjoying from ill-gotten gains meant for the betterment of her poor compatriots.

But then again Jeanne Lim Napoles¬†is uncompromising. ¬†She has a personal motto or mantra “Jeane Napoles
Motto: ¬†“amazingly enough I don’t give a shit!”





Friday, July 19, 2013

Meet girl in extremely-costly lifestyles using some of P10-B pork barrel of the people?

By Berteni¬†“Toto” Cataluna Causing

Meet girl in extremely-costly lifestyles using some of P10-B pork barrel of the people?


Nemo dat quod non habet!  He who has none cannot give!
Qui potest expendere tanta ubertas! He who has plenty can spend so much!

About 80 million Filipinos have virtually nothing so they cannot give, and they cannot spend!
Less than a million Filipinos can afford too much!
Of these less than a million, perhaps only one–ONLY ONE–can afford to lavishly sport in a million-peso worth of a set of dress, watch, earrings, shoes, bracelet, necklace, clutch bag, etc.
Who is this only one?
She is Jeane Lim Napoles, daughter of Janet Lim-Napoles, the woman now tagged as the “mother of P10-billion pork barrel scandal.”
She is fond of having Chanel clutch bag, costing about 4,000 pounds, or roughly 400,000 pesos.
She loves wearing YSL tribute shoes and she has nine of them. If each pair costs about $1,000, she spent $9,000 or roughly 360,000 pesos.
She wants to sport a Hublot watch, each costing about $11,000 each, or roughly one million pesos.
She also likes to wear Baby Pink Herve Leger, a dress with a plunging neckline to show the upper base of her boobs.  Each dress costs $1,500 or roughly about 75,000 pesos.
In one setting, you may be shocked to see her wear all in the amount of 2 million pesos!
This daughter of the “mother fucker” should know she wears all the money out of the blood of poor Filipinos.
Where is the conscience of this girl?
While she sees tens of millions of Filipinos living in hunger, while she sees luckier souls get Conditional Cash Transfers, while she sees many streetchildren begging from motorists, while she sees many informal shelters crying over demolished homes, while she sees millions of farmers scratching heads looking at their crops eaten up by floods, while she sees poor college students dropping out of schools and one UP stude killing self due to failure to pay tuition, she knows children of Payatas struggling day and night on garbage life, SHE HAS EXTRAORDINARILY DISPLAYED EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLES.
 She is fond of following world stars and celebrities.
She posed with Justin Beiber.
She followed Justin Timberlake.
She posed with many other internationally-known personalities.
She has thick face!
How can she have the heart of using people’s blood for her own happiness?
Like her mother, she must be fucked to prison, too, and all her signature apparels confiscated as unexplained wealth.
Let us move heaven and earth now to strip them naked and return all they have to the government.

Gems from the House of Faberge’

The House of Faberge’ produced sumptuous jewels, arts and designs. ¬†It is most famous for its Faberge eggs which were made from 1885 to 1917. ¬†The Faberge are jeweled eggs, which have ornate desigs on them. ¬†They became a popular gift during Easter. ¬†Larger version were made for the Russian royal family but most eggs though were smaller and worn as a pendant.

Faberge’s are very collectible not only for the design but its cloud of mystery. ¬†Plenty of the pieces made were still unaccounted. ¬†Out of 50 eggs made only 42 exist today.

Perhaps it is a good weekend job to go into your attics and hunt for a Faberge or two. LOL

Anyway the Faberge eggs were created for the Romanov family of Russia.

Before Russia descended into communism, it was ruled by the powerful and Romanov who were as”rich as Croesus”. ¬†They were in power for almost 300 years.

Around 1882 the Tsar Alexander III became acquainted with the works of the House of Faberge’, he was so impressed that he appointed them as the official supplier to the imperial court.

In 1885, the Tsar had a brilliant idea of commissioning Faberge to create a brilliant Easter surprise worthy of an empress for the Tsarina Maria Feodorovna.

Faberge came up with the First Imperial Egg.  It was like a chicken egg which was enameled in white.  Inside is a golden ball which represent the yolk.  Still inside was another surprise, it was a miniature golden chicken. The Tsarina was suitably dazzled by this golden gift. The Tsarina probably showed the Csar her appreciation ;). The Csar commissioned more eggs for every Easter.
The ultimate Kinder surprise ūüôā
To be continued


First Imperial Egg


Danish Jubilee Egg

Danish Jubilee Egg

Royal Danish Faberge Egg, Dimensions: 9.5in (H) X 3.25in (W), Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz, Material: Pewter, Enamel, Crystals, Plays ~For Elise~ by Ludwig van Beethoven. Russian Imperial Royal Danish Jubilee Egg is surmounted by a Danish Royal Elephant and supported by 3 danish heraldic lions, the white enameled egg is marked by diamond-set imperial crown. At the center it has the crowned monogram of Tsarina Mariya name, emblazoned in rose-cut crystals. The double-sided miniature photo frame surmounted by a crystal crown is fitted inside.  

Winter Egg 1913

Winter Egg 1913

The exterior of the egg is studded with 1,660 diamonds and made from quartz, platinum and orthoclase. The miniature surprise basket is studded with 1,378 diamonds and is made from platinum and gold, while the flowers are made of white quartz and the leaves are made of demantoid.  The flowers lie in gold moss. The egg is 102 millimeters high.

The egg was given by Czar Nicholas II to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, on Easter 1913.

It was auctioned in by Christie’s on 20 April 2002 and it was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for almost $9.6 million.

Spring Flower Egg by Perchin

Spring Flower Egg by Perchin


Spring Flowers Egg

Spring Flowers Egg


The Spring Flowers Egg, hallmarked with head workmaster Michael Perchin’s ‚Äúearly‚ÄĚ mark, is struck with the St. Petersburg’s assay mark for before 1899 and appears to bear a scratched number 443 (or 4) 74, which may or may not be Faberg√©’s inventory number. Its original fitted case is stamped with Faberg√©’s Imperial Warrant and the addresses of St. Petersburg, Moscow and London. These facts seem to be in apparent contradiction. The hallmark dates the egg to before 1899, the original case to after 1903, after the opening of the London Branch. Inventory numbers do not generally appear on Imperial eggs.








Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg

Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg

Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg


As the name implies, it is of three colors of gold with translucent sapphire blue enamel in a simplified Renaissance style. It is surmounted with an Imperial crown of gold set with sapphires and diamonds.

ca. 1885 – 1891


Made in St Petersburg, Russia
Owner: Estate of the late Stavros S. Niarchos, Paris




Memory of the Azova Egg

Memory of the Azova Egg

The Memory of Azov Egg (or the Azova Egg) is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Faberge in 1891 for Tsar Alexander III of Russia. It was presented by Alexander III as an Easter gift to his wife, the Czarina Maria Feodorovna. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow.

Carved from a solid piece of¬†heliotrope¬†jasper, also known as bloodstone, the Memory of Azov Egg is decorated in the¬†Louis XV¬†style with a superimposed gold pattern of¬†rococoscrolls with brilliant¬†diamonds¬†and chased gold flowers. The broad flute gold bezel is set with a drop¬†ruby¬†and two¬†diamonds¬†that complete the clasp. The egg’s interior is lined with greenvelvet.

The surprise contained within is a miniature replica of the¬†Imperial Russian Navy¬†cruiserPamiat Azova¬†(Memory of Azov), executed in red and yellow¬†gold¬†and¬†platinum¬†with small diamonds for windows, set on a piece of¬†aquamarine¬†representing the water. The name “Azov” appears on the ship’s stern. The plate has a golden frame with a loop enabling the model to be removed from the egg.


Ultra-rare faberge egg found Faberge

The £20m Faberge Easter egg that was nearly melted for scrap

4 April 2014 Last updated at 21:21 BST

A Faberge Easter egg which once belonged to Russian royalty but was feared lost or destroyed is to go on display for the first time in more than 100 years.

A scrap metal dealer in the United States bought the egg for about £8,000 ($14,000) thinking he could melt it down for gold.

It was only after reading a newspaper article that he realised its value; one of just 50 made for the Russian Royal family, it has recently been sold for around £20m.

That article was written by BBC reporter Roya Nikkhah who has taken a close-up look at the egg with Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski.

Made In Chelsea so far……

BAFTA 2013

BAFTA 2013

Original Ladies Cast

Original Ladies Cast

Congratulations to Made in Chelsea for the BAFTA award, fully deserving of best Reality and Constructed Factual BAFTA Award.  Love all the characters and it is sad to note that the original cast is dwindling.  No more Caggie.  No more Hugo.  Gabriella and Amber I have not seen for a while and now I hear Millie is leaving MiC to be with her fiance, Professor Green, who is due to tour the US.

I love Millie. she is so feisty. She just come out and do things without thinking about it first. Lovely!

The Francis Boulle’s Dating Tips

Francis Boulle

Francis Boulle

Francis Boulle, my second favourite in Made in Chelsea (my most favourite is another Francis, the ever so posh Mark-Francis) has written a book called Boulles’ Jewels.

You can get your copy at cheaper than its actual price of £9.99. I have ordered my copy.

Anyway the book has a good write-up.

There is an extract from the book; Francis’ Dating Tips:

1. A picnic in the park. Champagne, strawberries, the full work.

– Good tip I thought, if you are a girl who is not sure about your date, it is public and there is enough space so you can run off with the champagne.

2. The backward date. Francis said that this is starting from the end game working backwards.

– So from the hanky-panky to clubbing, dinner etc.
Francis says this is his personal favourite and I am sure most men’s too. Bed her and then feed her. Classy! LOL

3. Spend the night in the garden in a cardboard fort.

I think this is a potential winner. I have asked my husband that I would like to spend a night in a tent in the garden. I think it is absolutely romantic but the weather has not been condusive for a bit of romantic interlude in an al fresco setting. This is my favourite though.

4. Kidnap her.

Francis explanation here is cute but rather hazy. But I think this is about an impromptu kind of getting together. Take her for a weekend away without letting her pack anything. Perhaps staying in the hotel room the whole time playing scrabble?!!!

5. Role playing

Act out fantasies. She be a French maid and he’ll be the Incredible Hulk (where did that come from? LOL)

6. Blindfold.

Take her out to a surprise romantic place blindfolded. Or feed her different things while she is in blindfold. Yeah that is exciting.

7. Go to an animal shelter and play with the puppies and the kittens but make sure no puppies or kittens are coming home with you.

I am not sure about this one, especially that no puppy nor a kitten will be adopted afterwards.

8. Be someone else. Be both in believable costumes and go to a restaurant for dinner. Be in character the whole time complete with accents, etc until the morning.

This sounds fun!!!

9. Vampire Night Out. Get your private jet to take you to a decript Romanian castle for dinner. Plenty of red wine.
I am not sure about this one. Too much work, I think. Francis did advise to gauge your partner that she is into biting and nibbling.

No thank you.

10. Bring out the bard in you.
Write poems for your dear lady.

This is classic. Who would not love being compared to a summer’s day?

Seven New Social Classes

‘Working class’ a dwindling breed

Press AssociationPress Association¬†‚Äst5 hours ago

A study found the seven new social classes range from the privileged 'elite' to the deprived 'precariat'

Press Association – A study found the seven new social classes range from the privileged ‘elite’ to the deprived ‘precariat’

British people no longer fit into three social classes, with only one in seven in the “traditional working class”, a new study has suggested.

The UK also has an “elite” – just 6% of the population – who have savings of more than ¬£140,000, extensive social contacts and education at top universities, according to the BBC’s online Great British Class Survey.

More than 160,000 respondents took part in the survey, the largest ever of its kind in the UK, the BBC said.

Researchers found the established model of an upper class, middle class and working class has “fragmented” and there are now seven classes ranging from the “elite” to the “precariat”.

Representing 15% of the population, the “precariat” earn just ¬£8,000 after tax, have average savings of ¬£800, with fewer than one in 30 gaining a university education.

Professor Mike Savage, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, carried out the research with Professor Fiona Devine, of the University of Manchester, with the help of BBC Lab UK.

Prof Savage said: “It is striking that we have been able to discern a distinctive elite, whose sheer economic advantage sets it apart from other classes. At the opposite extreme, we have discerned the existence of a sizeable group – 15% of the population – which is marked by the lack of any significant amount of economic, cultural or social capital.

“The recognition of the existence of this group, along with the elite, is a powerful reminder that our conventional approaches to class have hindered our recognition of these two extremes, which occupy a very distinctive place in British society.”

Researchers found the “traditional working class” has fallen to just 14% of the total population, and “is fading from contemporary importance”. At one in four of the population, the “established middle class” is the largest group, with household income of ¬£47,000 and some “highbrow” tastes. The “emergent service workers” are the sixth group and the youngest, with a mean age of 34 and high proportions of ethnic minorities.

The findings will be presented at a conference of the British Sociological Association on Wednesday, and will be published in this month’s Sociology Journal.

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