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WAWIBF... Pete 'n' Dot

27 May 2004

Earlier this month an ex-girlfriend of Libertine frontman Pete Doherty allegedly told reporters, "It wouldn't come as a shock if Pete overdosed on heroin. At the rate he is going I think it would be a medical miracle if he lived to see Christmas. He gets so high on crack cocaine he takes the heroin to bring him back down and that has to be a dangerous business." Well, yes. A very dangerous business. And perhaps no-one knows this better than haggard TV charwoman Dot Cotton. If you remember, Dot had a terrible time back when her Nick was coming off the horse. Didn't she even have to tie him to his bed at one point?

But as well as being fictional, Nick Cotton was also nasty. Bad to the bone, they say, even before he became a junkie. Pete Doherty on the other hand, used to be a lovely lad. Until that is, he became a junkie. Thank heavens then, that last Friday the young scamp finally checked into the Priory.

Unlike most celebrities who find themselves in rehab and cut off from the rest of the world, Doherty is keeping in contact with his friends and fans through the website for his 'side-project', Babyshambles. Earlier this week he wrote: 'Very deranged and murky recollection of the last few days. A gaggle of nurses around my crinkly bed, they all jump as I wake up and yelp something about jelly. Then I notice a needle sticking out of my arm and spots of blood. What the fuck is going on? Vomit and shrieks, some girl warbling down the corridor in a towel. At least my laptop is here still. The only one who ever stood by

Then on Tuesday, despite still being on suicide watch, things seemed to pick up. He blogged that he was feeling 'brighter tailed and bushier eyed' than he has for many a year.

This very public rehabilitation has led to a massive outpouring of support for Doherty, culminating yesterday in a magnanimous offer of help from Dot Cotton herself. Actress June 'Golden' Brown offered to fly Doherty to Thailand - not perhaps the first place you would consider if you were trying to get someone to stop taking drugs, but that's where the charity of which she is president, TKB, send addicts of all descriptions. Specifically they send them to a monastery called Thamkrabok, where a 'highly successful herbal detoxification service' has been provided for over fifty years. Despite the lovely offer however, it's not
really necessary. For pipeless Pete is at the Priory with his laptop and the username 'heavyhorse'. And for the moment a least, that's all he needs. However, he did write yesterday at 3.36pm: 'One week.. and I so weak ah poor me fuck it I'm collapsing ...'

Dot Cotton is on standby.

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