Jonah Goldberg today complains about the circus surrounding David Beckham- and how pseudo an event it is- how the event itself has no meaning but has meaning imparted to it. Beckham was one of the best footballers of his generation- probably still is one of the best crossers in the game even though he has lost his pace to the extent which he ever had pace. Beckham though has never be seen as solely a footballer- he has always been a celebrity as well- and there is something very odd about the divinity that doth hedge a celebrity that creates an aura around them and there is something here in which the psychology around Kings has been replaced with the same sense around the celebrities. When Beckham goes to play football with disabled kids, the echoes of the functions of Kings are manifest. There is something interesting here- though I'm not sure how to isolate it.