Elton John has finally given up his legal actions against The Guardian over a joke about him that he believed did him down:
John had accused [Marina] Hyde of defamation and using a "gratuitously offensive, nasty and snide tone" in the piece.
I know, he says that like that's a bad thing.
Anyway, the High Court struck out his libel claim back before Christmas; last week a written seeking of leave to appeal was rejected and his soicitors were given until today to offer new grounds for appeal. They've decided to not bother. It's not known if the phrase "try and have a sense of humour about it" (or, perhaps, "oh, crawl out of your arse, man, it was a joke") was involved in the decision-making process.