Star Tracks

updated 05/02/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/02/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Diana's nasal engagement
When the Prince and Princess of Wales greeted 35,000 Maori schoolchildren on a rugby field in Auckland, New Zealand, Diana rubbed the crowd the right way. On the last leg of the royal Down Under tour, the Princess delighted the kids by using the traditional native greeting—a hongi, or nose press—and grew more popular after Charles told everyone there to take the day off in Diana's honor. With an apology for not bringing their son, Charles explained, "He's too small and would probably crawl off through the goalposts."

Jewels for his birthday
Celebrating his 20th birthday at String-fellows, a London club, Julian Lennon, John's son, made an unflattering remark about a nearby young woman, who promptly dumped a drink on his head. Inspired, his friends followed suit, drenching Julian in Blue Jewels (champagne, blue curaçao, crème de cacao and pineapple juice). "The drinks," he quipped, "are on me."

Gandhi is Kean on the stage
Fresh from winning an Oscar for Gandhi, Ben Kingsley is back at work in London. Starring in a one-man show about the flamboyant 19th-century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, Kingsley earns the paltry sum of $232 a week and has become reacquainted with an old theatrical ailment: the shakes. "Everybody's saying how my life will change," says Kingsley, "but, paradoxically, I'm petrified at the thought of going on in front of 548 people." He shouldn't be. Wrote one reviewer: "He's simply one of the best actors at work today."

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