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March 16, 1985

LONDON (AP) _ The guest list at a lunch held to mark the 100th anniversary Saturday of ″The Mikado,″ Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta, featured former Prime Ministers Harold Wilson of Britain and Pierre Elliot Trudeau of Candada.

Also among the 450 guests was Dame Bridget d’Oyly Carte, 75-year-old granddaughter of Richard d’Oyly Carte who produced ″The Mikado″ and many other operettas by the immortal composer-lyricist duo.

The lunch was held at the swank Savoy Hotel, built by d’Oyly Carte from the profits of ″The Mikado.″


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Marlin Perkins, longtime host of the ″Wild Kingdom″ television show, says he’ll journey to Africa if he recovers completely from cancer of the lymph nodes, a battle he says he’s winning.

Recent tests indicate the cancer is in remission, Perkins said Friday. He underwent chemical and radiation therapy for a year.

″I’ve slowed down, there’s no question about it,″ said Perkins, who turns 80 on March 28. ″As soon as this thing clears up, I think I’ll begin my exercises again and regain my vigor.″

Perkins, host of television’s longest-running wildlife show, said he hoped to go to Africa this winter with his wife Carol.


DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - L’Orchestre de Paris was very curious about what seemed like an unlikely stop on its U.S. tour this month - this Kentucky Bluegrass town of only 14,000 people. Robert Weaver satisfied their curiosity.

The professor from tiny Centre College - groggy, rumpled and unshaven from an overnight flight to France - was taken to the manager’s office last month and interrogated about his hometown about 40 miles southwest of Lexington.

″They were really curious,″ Weaver said. ″I have a feeling they thought we’d come out in bib overalls and drive up in tractors″ for the March 22 concert at Centre College’s Norton Centre.

Not quite.

The orchestra and conductor Daniel Barenboim can expect a fairly sophisticated audience which has already enjoyed orchestras from Moscow, Czechoslovakia, The Hague and Scotland, as well as several top U.S. orchestras, opera companies and Broadway road productions.


LONDON (AP) - An expert dietician will go to work at the House of Commons to cut some excess pounds off Britain’s roly poly Members of Parliament.

The parliamentary dietician will give advice on low-calorie dishes, says Conservative Party lawmaker Charles Irving, chairman of the Commons catering committee.

He criticized a suggestion in a slimming magazine that members of the 650- seat House, many of them regular customers at the Commons’ bars and restaurants, ″eat too much, drink even more and exercise too little.″

″To suggest that MPs gormandise is absolute rubbish,″ Irving fumed. ″This isn’t the Palace of Forced Feeding. People have the freedom to choose, as they would anywhere else, and many MPs are expected to go on our low-calorie diet.″


ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Singer-songwriter Paul Williams says getting free of the bodyguards he’d surrounded himself with over the years has freed up his creativity.

″I was very isolated. I thought, ’What am I going to write about - room service at the hotel? I’m a writer. I need people,‴ Williams, 44, said Friday.

″I just let go of all that and told (the bodyguards), ‘If I need cigarettes, let me go get them. Let me go into the bar by myself. Let me get into trouble, I’ll get out of it.’ And it worked. I started writing again″ about a year ago, he said.

Williams has written such million-sellers as ″We’ve Only Just Begun,″ ″You and Me Against The World″ and the Oscar-winning ″Evergreen.″

Williams, who is also an actor and an avid race car driver, was here this weekend to serve as grand marshal of the Eloy Grand Prix.

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