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This week, newspapers reported that Brad and Angelina were planning to buy a private island. It's news to the island's current owners, at least

It is sometimes said that there are only seven showbiz stories, with "X has splashed out on a new X" one of the great ur-myths. Within that category, though, Lost in Showbiz has a special weakness for a notable subgenre: "Celebrity has splashed out on a private island."

All you can be absolutely sure of, whenever you see a variant on that tale, is that the one thing the celebrity has not done is splash out on a private island. To read the headline "Celebrity has splashed out on a private island" is to know that the opposite is axiomatically true.

This week, it was the turn of Angelina Jolie. "Angelina Jolie is splashing out £12.2m to buy Brad Pitt a heart-shaped island," the Daily Mirror »

- Marina Hyde

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