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Sarah Caden: Murdoch's mad to be the marrying kind

Sarah Caden

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, who have announced their engagement. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, who have announced their engagement. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A little love is good at any age, writes Sarah Caden, but Rupert Murdoch's marriage plans make no sense.

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In this age of oversharing, the formal, newspaper engagement announcement has become the domain of debutantes and dusty aristocracy. We all know everything about everyone almost before it even happens, so there's not much point in going to all the long-winded trouble of putting it in the paper. Unless you or your offspring have made a match worth shouting about. Which you could say is the case with Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall - neither of them either a deb or a toff - who last week took to the London Times to announce their betrothal.

It was a short and succinct announcement, with each listing off their own progeny. His six from his previous three marriages, and her three from her relationship with Mick Jagger.

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