Remember when all those premature obituaries from CNN.com – for such living people as Dick Cheney and Nelson Mandela – were leaked to the public? It’s a common practice for news organizations…just so they aren’t caught off guard when the latest aging celeb kicks the bucket. So imagine our “surprise” when a source revealed that the BBC already had an obituary ready for Pete Doherty, age 28. “We only prepare obituaries in detail for the Royal Family, big politicians, and public figures suffering from a serious illness. But, for obvious reasons, we made an exception.”(NME)
Amy Winehouse has vowed to stop drinking before her performances. (The Sun)
Kelly Jones, frontman of Stereophonics, checks in with The Independent about the injuries he suffered in a brawl with security at a nightclub. “In hospital, they told me I’d slashed two muscles. They gave me stitches internally, and said it would take six weeks to recover. I won’t know until I start playing guitar again whether I have fully recovered.”
Fergie – Sarah Ferguson, not the pop singer – wants to take Britney in. What is she, a stray dog? Don’t answer that.(Daily Mail)
The boys of Westlife also have advice for Britney: get the hell out of Los Angeles. Yeah, Brit, come to London where the paparazzi are much nicer (eye roll).(Mirror)
Duran Duran‘s racy video for “Falling Down” has been banned from…from…wait, what network actually airs videos these days? Apparently, they still play them in the UK.(Mirror)
Singer-songwriter Remi Nicole – who is not the “next” Lily Allen, Kate Nash, or Jamie T, thank you very much – talks about being a black girl playing rock in today’s Guardian. “People are always on my back for being different, for listening to rock’n’roll rather than R’n’B. It was written out of frustration at people putting me in a box and saying that because I’m black I’ve got to listen to black music. What they don’t realise is that everything stems from rock’n’roll.” And she says the Arctic Monkeys are some of the best hip-hoppers out there: “The Arctic Monkeys changed it. I know a lot of people who were listening to hip-hop and liked the Arctic Monkeys album because of the flow of lyrics.”
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.