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  • British author Doris Lessing, 87, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. She’s the oldest literature laureate ever and the 11th female winner. It’s all the third gong for Britain in six years, with V.S. Naipaul winning in 2001 and Harold Pinter winning in 2005. I remember reading one of Lessing’s short stories for a college writing course and was impressed. I should read more of her stuff. Any suggestions? Here’s a Q&A with Lessing.

  • Heather Mills had to be smuggled into court under a blanket to settle her divorce with Paul McCartney, The Guardian reports. Also, could Heather receive as much as $100 million from Paul?
  • Jurors for the Diana inquest saw photos of the dying princess in the wreckage, reports The Guardian.
  • A witness in the inquest claimed that photographers climbed on top of the wrecked car to get a better view.(Contact Music)
  • Did Morrissey predict the death of Princess Diana with his song, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”?
  • The Guardian raises their champagne glass in praise of Stephen Fry.
  • Richard Branson ripped his pants in a bunjee jump stunt for his new airline, Virgin America. I must say, the billionaire has a nice bum.(Daily Mail)
  • BBC2 is launching an American Idol-esque reality series for classical music. The Daily Telegraph says, “Contestants – who needed to have attained at least Grade 8 even to apply and have been whittled down from an initial 220 at auditions in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow – play everything from piano, violin and cello to the bassoon, flute and classical guitar.”
  • Actor David Morrissey (State of Play, Viva Blackpool) is directing his first film in Liverpool and extols the city’s virtues in The Liverpool Daily Post. “I’d love to make more films in Merseyside [the county where Liverpool is located]. It’s a great filmic city with a real range of locations – the docks, the Georgian Quarter, and William Brown Street to name a few. The docks and other city centre areas can be compared to parts of New York – another city I love. If we and other filmmakers can produce more films here then the crews will become world class and more people working in the industry will come to Liverpool.”
  • Sarah Lancashire, an ex-Coronation Street star, will appear as a villain in the first episode of Doctor Who‘s Season Four.(CBBC)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.