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Faces of the week
Faces of the Week

Our regular look at some of the faces which have made the news this week. Above are Lucy Ferry (main picture), with DAN RATHER, GRAHAM GREENE, PAT FINUCANE and BRIAN CLOUGH.

Lucy Ferry

"If the law is an ass, people have the right to protest", says Lucy Ferry, having just been fined for wilful obstruction during last week's anti-hunting protest.

The 44-year-old Ms Ferry, ex-wife of rock star Bryan, was caught in a traffic jam on her way to Parliament Square, stopped at some traffic lights, got out of the car, locked it and walked away. Unfortunately for her, she didn't see the police van right behind her.

Not long afterwards, her eldest son Otis was one of five protesters who invaded the House of Commons, an action of which his mother heartily approved.

Lucy Ferry
Lucy Ferry (left) after her court appearance this week
Lucy Ferry is a fully paid-up member of the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade. The convent-educated daughter of a bloodstock agent and Lloyd's Insurance broker, she has been chasing foxes since the age of 12 and keeps her own hunter in Shropshire where Otis is master of foxhounds.

She has three other sons by Bryan Ferry, the second of whom, Isaac, was once suspended from Eton for sending abusive e-mails to an anti-hunting campaigner.

That Bryan was a working-class boy from the North East raised a few eyebrows when the couple married in 1982.

She was the beautiful, 21 year-old aristocratic model, Lucy Helmore, 14 years his junior. He was the elegant singer with the lounge-lizard looks, riding high with his band Roxy Music. Lucy adorns one of their albums, Avalon.

It was never an easy marriage. At its start, she helped him fight cocaine addiction by bringing stability to his life. While she was well known as a socialite, he was a shy workaholic suffering from manic depression.

Fashion influence

"If you're married to an artist," she has said, "their creativity always has to come first."

It was Lucy whose interest in astrology is credited with inspiring the album Horoscope, and she is also said to have persuaded Bryan to return to singing cover versions for the album Taxi.

She was making an impact on the fashion world too, beyond her modelling assignments. Designers such as Christian Lacroix, Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy have cited her as an influence on their work.

Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry divorced Lucy in 2003
In the meantime, she was having to take the lion's share of rearing her four sons. "It's always hard for a woman to bring up a family. It can be quite a lonely, isolated thing," she said.

The pressure mounted, and in 1994 she admitted attending Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.

A dramatic incident triggered the end of her marriage. In 2000 the whole Ferry family were on a British Airways flight to Nairobi when a deranged passenger forced his way into the cockpit, attacked the pilot and caused the plane to lurch downward. A crash was only prevented when the assailant was eventually overcome.

"It was a moment when I reassessed my life," Lucy said. The divorce came soon afterwards on the grounds of her adultery, following a brief affair.

A decade out of the showbiz limelight, the woman who once adorned the best-dressed women's lists is now mostly to be seen in jeans and jumper.

To fellow members of her country set, the Ferrys have become champions; to the anti-hunting groups they are ogres.

Lucy Ferry believes the government has mounted an attack not just on hunting but on a whole way of life, and sounds this warning. "If Tony Blair thinks country people are going to give in quietly, then he has gravely misjudged."


Apology: Dan Rather
Dan Rather

CBS anchor-man Dan Rather has apologised after documents which purported to cast doubt upon President George W Bush's military record were themselves shown to be questionable. The memos purportedly showed that Bush had been suspended from flying for the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war because he failed to meet its standards. However, a source for the 60 Minutes programme admitted misleading the producer by giving a false account of the documents' origins.

Graham Greene: Letters exhibited
Graham Greene

London's British Library is mounting a revealing exhibition on the life of the reclusive novelist, Graham Greene. Greene, who would have been 100 this year, was the author of books including Our Man in Havana and The Quiet American, but the exhibition, Beyond the Novels, examines Greene's journalism and theatrical work. Exhibits include a letter from Greene to Sir Ralph Richardson in which the actor is accused of selfishness, vanity and an inability to learn his lines.

New inquiry: Pat Finucane
Pat Finucane

The UK government has given the go-ahead for a judicial inquiry into events surrounding the 1989 murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Pat Finucane. Ministers confirmed that new legislation would be introduced allowing an inquiry into allegations that rogue members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and British Army intelligence colluded with loyalists in the killing. Mr Finucane was shot dead in front of his family by loyalist Ulster Defence Association gunmen in his north Belfast home.

Brian Clough: Mourned
Brian Clough

Brian Clough, whose Nottingham Forest team twice won the European Cup, has died at the age of 69. Clough, once called "the best manager England never had", was a flamboyant and outspoken figure. A former striker, he moved into management after badly damaging his knee. Beyond his European success, he led both Forest and Derby County to the League Championship and once quipped, "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one".

Compiled by BBC News Profiles Unit's Bob Chaundy


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