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Why success on a plate leaves a bad taste

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A CYNIC or a Stranglers fan might try to tell you that there are no more heroes anymore, but I don’t know. Whenever I see a young person beating all the odds to make a success of their life, I am filled with nothing short of awe.

I’m thinking of one category of youngsters in particular: the offspring of famous people. Try to imagine, if it is not too distressing, what it must be like to have a celebrity parent working in a profession that is notoriously difficult to get into – television presenting, say, or modelling.

Just consider, if you can bear it, the effort required for children in these circumstances to ask mum or dad over the dining table to put a word in for them. Think, please, of the agony as those kids glide up the career ladder, never knowing the hardship of a setback or the embarrassment of a telling off.

Fair makes your heart bleed, doesn’t it?

Sarcasm truly is the lowest form of wit, but my goodness it is called for at times. Particularly on reading about a new documentary series coming our way next year. Born Famous will take the sons and daughters of celebrities and take them back to their........

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