Star Tracks

updated 07/22/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/22/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bump in the night
Normally mild-mannered singer Phil Collins blew a fuse when a paparazzo allegedly pushed members of Collins' party as they left a New York restaurant. Collins—whose single, Sussudio, is near the top of the charts—delivered an a cappella solo remarkable for its zest and unsuitability for print. The photographer responded with a threat, in effect, to sue sue sue ya.

Bag those pipes
When a lassie meets a laddie going to the theater, she might ask to try playing his pipes. That, at any rate, was the reaction of Linda Evans—in Scotland to appear at a benefit at the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre—upon encountering piper lain Watson. "I've never seen one of these before," said Evans. "What do you do with it?"

Avast there, matey
Errol Flynn he's not, but crusty Walter "Captain Red" Matthau still makes his point with directors—in this case, Roman Polanski. Actually the two were rehearsing moves on the set of Pirates, which has been filming for eight months in Tunisia. Yo-ho-ho and a $30-million budget.

Very long distance
You remember what it used to be like. You'd try to call friends in the Australian outback town of Daly River, and all you'd get was a scratchy connection on a radio phone. Well, rest easy. Telecom Australia has installed a new solar-powered telephone enabling locals like Jimmy Numbatu (left) and Jacob Miler to reach out and touch anyone.

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