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Amy Winehouse

Now here’s a delightful tale. As you may be aware, Mitch Winehouse, father of Amy, is looking to set up a charity which will help drug addicts. He’s ploughing some of the royalties from her recordings, including her duet with Tony Bennett, into the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and hopes to turn the tragedy of her death into something positive.

The only fly in his ointment is man called Martin McCann, who took to the internet as soon as Mitch announced his plan, and bought the domain name He then went to Companies House, who are responsible for all businesses and trademarks, and paid £160 to register the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ltd.

Speaking on his Twitter feed, Mitch said: “We have to put pressure on this d***head who stole our foundation name. Our solicitors are all over this but it takes time.”

Now, it’s entirely possible that this is a coincidence. Mr McCann is claiming that it is HIS charity idea which is being hijacked by Mitch, as he told the Sun: “I’m not exploiting anything yet. I’ve just bought some domain names. Anybody could have. It only takes the click of a mouse. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed. Detach yourself from emotions and think business.

“He is making every effort to hijack this charity to satiate his own needs for the charity. She’s not the only Amy Winehouse in the world.”

Which is true, but she was the only Amy Winehouse to have married Blake Fielder-Civil, right? Well this is what Mitch also tweeted about Mr McCann: “He was also trying to get in touch with Blake to set up the foundation. Blake? Can you imagine?”

Still, Mr McCann was unrepentant, saying: “I’m not the d***head. The d***head is sitting over there without the name in his possession.”

That was the position as of yesterday. Now Mitch has added one extra tweet, hinting at an end to this deplorable nonsense: “It seems we have got our foundation back. I will update you all tomorrow. Very positive.”

Amy Winehouse died exactly one month ago today.

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By Fraser McAlpine