Diary: Jonny B Better

The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead opened last month to an act of marketing genius, when media darling and all-round good egg Jonny Wilkinson undertook to plant a celebratory punt over the property's six storeys. Amid cries of "I thought he was injured, him", the nation's finest took aim, let fly and followed that hallowed English tradition of missing by a country mile. The 254-room hotel stands unbowed by greatness then, although if his recent penalty prowess were anything to go by, David Beckham would have stood a decent chance of success - the restrictions of a sarong notwithstanding.


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