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The Insider: 06/01/2010

Happy birthday to Italian bombshell Virginia Macari, who celebrated turning another year older on Sunday.

The Podge and Rodge presenter marked the occasion by having a few quiet drinks with some family and friends, as well as her strapping Norwegian boyfriend Kaste, with whom she shares a pad in Sutton.

  • Celebrity photographer Lili Forberg is well known on the showbiz circuit, after taking snaps of many beauties.

Now she'll be revealing all about the secrets of the trade when she hosts a one-day masterclass on January 30.

She has joined forces with make-up artist Kate O'Reilly, who'll be showing clients how to create all the hottest looks for this season, while also teaching the best ways of creating a stylish hair-do.

Once everyone is looking their best, it's Lili's turn to transform them with their own photoshoot.

At the end of the day, each client will be looking their best, and be presented with a 12 x 8 print of themselves.

But the day of pampering doesn't come for free -- the whole event will set beauty junkies back €200.

  • Spare a thought for unfortunate comedian Patrick Kielty, who put his foot firmly in his mouth this week.

The TV presenter has made himself the butt of the jokes on his Twitter page after revealing his faux pas.

He posted this message: "Starting the year as I mean to continue -- just asked girl in gym class when her baby is due. 'I'm not pregnant,' she replied."

But the Irish funnyman, who once dated Amanda Byram, will doubtlessly have his famous sense of humour back on track later this month, because he will appear on BBC2's topical discussion show Mock the Week, as one of its new additions.

He'll be joining panellists John Bishop, Chris Addison and Kevin Bridges for the January 21 programme, which also features regulars Russell Howard, Andy Parson and Hugh Dennis when it returns for its six-week run.

  • WORD has reached the Diary that the annual Gooseberry Awards will take place at the Sugar Club next Thursday -- and some of our best-known celebs are already being earmarked for the yearly accolades.

Described as Ireland's answers to the Raspberries, they're the award that nobody wants to win, given that they mark the worst in entertainment circles.

Previous recipients have included some of our biggest broadcasters and best-known TV presenters.

So, naturally, we're waiting with bated breath to see who is 'honoured' with the dubious awards.