The Doors threaten to sue Paris theme bar

The Doors threaten to sue Paris theme bar

Lawyers for US rock group The Doors have threatened legal action against a Paris bar devoted to the band, saying it did not want to be associated with a drinking establishment.

“I have received a letter from the lawyers of The Doors who are giving me 60 days to change the bar’s posters, its name, the name of its cocktails and the website,” Christophe Maillet, manager of the Lezard King bar, told AFP.

“The Doors did not want to be associated with a drinks bar,” added Maillet, who opened the venue in September last year.

The bar’s name is a tribute to the band’s frontman Jim Morrison, who was known as the Lizard King after coining the term in a poem. It serves cocktails named after Doors songs such as “Soft Parade” and “Light My Fire”.

“I thought I was doing a good thing, burnishing the image of The Doors,” Maillet said. “I didn’t ask permission but I suspected they would immediately refuse if I did.”

He said he had told the US lawyers he would bend to their demand if they insisted.

Morrison died in Paris of a drug overdose in 1971 and is buried there in the Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Queen age angst

When Expressen broke the news in mid-July that Princess Madeleine had been seen driving at 160km/h on her way back from Öland to Stockholm, many an equality-obsessed Swede no doubt grumbled that it's one rule for them and another for the rest of us.

But not so, it seems, if the follow-up on Tuesday is to be believed.

“Madeleine risks prosecution,” declared the paper, before going on to explain that an internal investigation has been launched into whether the princess’s security police themselves committed a crime as they tried to keep up with her.

At the time, Princess Madeleine denied that she was speeding as she returned from a week’s holiday at the royal family’s summer home, Solliden.

“I was never going as fast as 160,” she told Expressen. “When I left Solliden I fixed the maximum speed setting at 110 kilometers an hour.”

While that’s the kind of common sense that the public would expect from a royal, the dashing princess took a wrong turning with her next comment.

“I’m aware that when I overtook I drove a little faster, but never at the speed they say. Straight after I had overtaken I put the speed setting back to 110 kilometers an hour.”

The problem for Madeleine is that if the security officers are found to have been speeding it will imply that she also broke the speed limit. And that, as Expressen helpfully reminded its readers, is a crime. Unlike her father – who was reported to have been seen driving at 160km/h on his way to Drottningholm Palace from Karlskoga – Madeleine is not immune from prosecution.

“I know which police officers were involved and now they will be questioned about it,” said the prosecutor Monica Mimer.

According to Wednesday’s Aftonbladet, Queen Silvia has something far more important to worry about than her daughter’s brush with the law: the king’s best friends are all marrying younger women.

“Silvia is jolly irritated,” an ‘informed’ source told the paper.

The source of the royal displeasure was the king’s childhood friend, 57 year old Count Carl Adam “Noppe” Lewenhaupt who this week married Lee Haeng-Wha, 13 years his junior.

The count could hardly be accused of cradle-snatching, but his marriage comes hot on the frisky heels of the news that the king’s old pal Aje Philipson, 61, is expecting a child with his 24 year old girlfriend, Bathina El-Soudi.

The queen – who, incidentally, is said to make annual visits to a plastic surgeon in Brazil – apparently considered boycotting Count Lewenhaupt’s wedding bash and “finds it hard to accept new young women in the king’s circle of friends”.

“She is furious,” said Aftonbladet’s source. “She just thinks these young women are out to become countesses.”

But the king takes a rather different view.

“He thinks it’s fun to hang out with young women,” said the source. “It’s a breath of fresh air at parties, as he often says.”