Mr. and Mrs. Sting Got Stung in Sex-Discrimination Lawsuit

  • Sting and Trudie Styler (Love Soup) have lost a substantial sex-discrimination lawsuit against former chef Jane Martin, who claims she suffered abuse from the couple and was fired after she became pregnant.”Miss Styler, it was claimed, lost her temper when Miss Martin fell ill with a stomach complaint months into her pregnancy and had to take time off work. She allegedly raged: ‘Who the **** does she think she is? She’s my chef in the UK. She needs to be available if I need her, or she should rethink her position.’”
    (Daily Mail)
  • The Queen bore witness to “one long Monty Python sketch” when she visited Washington.
  • Is it getting serious?: Calum Best meets Lindsay Lohan‘s mom.(The Sun)
  • Kasabian prefers to travel abroad because non-British fans aren’t aware of their derivativeness. Not that that’s always a bad thing.(Gigwise)
  • Peter Hook expounds on the New Order breakup: “I’m relieved really. (I) hated carrying on as normal with an awful secret so let’s move on shall we?”(NME)
  • “Desperate” New Yorkers “stripped mannequins in a bid to secure the last of Kate Moss’ highly sought after designs”(Daily Mail)
  • Cheryl Cole turned down a Bentley from her hubby, footballer Ashley Cole, because she doesn’t want to be a “WAG.” Girl, that ship has sailed and circumnavigated the globe a few times to boot.(Mirror)
  • More photos of Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys, and Cillian Murphy (!!!) on the set of The Best Time of Our Lives.(Daily Mail)
  • The Cribs‘ new video “Men’s Needs” has been banned by MTV2. “The scenes, which show drummer Ross Jarman‘s arm being sliced off and bassist Ryan Jarman getting beheaded are considered ‘too shocking’ for a daytime audience.”(NME)
  • Thin Lizzy: the boys are back in town, without their lead singer because he’s dead.(NME)

  • Despite a creative slump, popular BBC soap EastEnders may go from four to five episodes a week. The show’s former head writerTony Jordan, who’s off writing HolbyBlue, thinks this is bad news: “Was it a better show when it was twice a week? Absolutely – without a shadow of a doubt. The reason for that is because they were shooting just an hour’s worth of television and had time to spend on each individual episode. If you are producing two-and-a-half hours a week television, it’s basically a movie a week, and some things suffer.”(The Times)
  • Michelle Ryan, former EastEnders star and current Bionic Woman, says she blew her Bond girl audition because she was overwhelmed by Daniel Craig’s sex appeal. “Yes, he’s gorgeous, and so good. I tried way too hard and completely blew it. I think if you want anything so badly, you blow it.” Damn straight.(Sky)
  • Ioan Gruffudd reveals a crush on Helen Mirren. “She’s extremely hot and looks like she wouldn’t take any nonsense. I love that quality.”
  • Helen Mirren says she did NOT snub The Queen. (Telegraph)
  • Gordon Ramsay says he has nothing against vegetarians, adding that they have a slightly “gamey” flavor and are loaded with amino acids. (Metro)
  • Where’s a trigger-happy air marshal when you need him?: Jade Goody’s mum unleashed “a four-letter tirade” on a transatlantic flight.(The Sun)
  • Naomi Campbell shows off her thong-tha-thong-thong-thong. Yes, very NSFW.(The Sun)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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