THE STORY of the Wiltshire couple who's wedding ended up in a flap this week told a bigger story.
The idea they would have a "trained" barn owl swoop down and deliver their wedding rings on to a platter wasn't just a hoot, it was yet another example of people going a step too far.
What's wrong with the usual recalcitrant, runny-nosed kid with the gap-toothed smile playing the ringmaster? Why do people have to push it? Why risk it, when an owl is likely to drop a dead mouse - or worse - on the guests below and ruin the big day? What's wrong with a wedding being about a union, rather than a bigger statement than the Gettysburg Address? It was a wedding in the Holy Cross Church in Wiltshire - not Hogwarts.
The story was up there with the couple who once booked ice sculptures for the marquee in 80 degree heat, or the story of the bride who wore a massive stick-out crinoline, but hadn't measured the aisle - and got stuck.
But the notion that enough is never enough isn't contained to weddings. This week we've seen Cliff Richard mumping his gums about not being famous in the US (It's because they had the real Elvis, Cliff) and while talking of aged popsters, Elton's recent Brits performance was a reminder Rocket Man's voice can't reach the heights these days.
The new film, Diana, like Cheryl Cole's big rose tattoo on her bahookie, is very much a step too far. Who, in their right mind, would imagine a public would be interested in an imagined version of a relationship, offering no real insight? Take the temperature of modern society, for goodness sake.
And fellow scribes this week have gone too far, when it comes to pirate comedian Russell Brand. For years he's been lambasted for being a lothario, but now the nation's female columnists are ripping his soul apart because he's declared himself (for the moment) monogamous, now going steady with Jemima Khan. Leave him alone, ladies. He's a single bloke. Other ladies have a choice to be wooed by him or not. You've all gone too far, as have those who endlessly over promote themselves.
Duncan Bannatyne is a case in point. If he's not being nasty every week on Dragon's Den he's writing biographies bemoaning the loss of his wife and the £350 million the divorce has cost him. Enough, Duncan. You certainly wouldn't get me, if I had a new book out, saying, The Real Mrs Brown: The Brendan O'Carroll Story (Hodder&Staughton, £20) using this column to promote it. That would also most certainly be a step too far.
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