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  • You had to be quick with your mouse if you wanted tickets to The Spice Girls‘ London reunion concert. The gig sold out in 38 seconds. Yeah, that’s not a mistake. Meanwhile, Bono is writing a song for them? I hope that’s a mistake.

  • Take That singer Gary Barlow says the Brits next year will be lackluster “because there haven’t been any massive British records. If you think about it, last year in the Best British Single category, there were loads of really strong pop records, but this year there haven’t really been any. The biggest song has probably been Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ but she’s not British.”
    (The Sun)
  • Not only is the next Radiohead album coming out in ten days (shock), but Radiohead fans can pick their own price to pay for it, Jonny Greenwood has announced. The Guardian has links to all the new Radiohead singles on YouTube.
  • Meanwhile, The Charlatans are giving their new album away for free through XFM.(NME)
  • Malcolm McLaren, “mismanager” of The Sex Pistols, shows his modesty in his appraisal of his impact on punk: “People are beginning to learn the truth about punk, and how instrumental I was in the development of it. That will change the way people will think of me. That will be in the obituaries. As barbaric a culture as it is, the English Establishment is coming to terms with the fact that punk was the best thing that ever happened to it. It wouldn’t be the country it is today without punk.”(Telegraph)
  • Today’s lesson from George Michael: when life goes off the rails, blame your folks.(Daily Mail)
  • Fake it until you make it: budding diva Leona Lewis “spared no expense” on the set of her new video.(Mirror)
  • Weakest Link host Anne Robinson is divorcing her husband after 27 years.(Reuters)
  • Billie Piper and Laurence Fox are planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, sources say.(Daily Mail)
  • Daniel Radcliffe wants to play James Bond, but he knows he’s too short.(Digital Spy)
  • Lois Maxwell, the Canadian actress who played Miss Moneypenny in several Bond films, has died of cancer at age 80 in Australia.(Guardian)
  • David Beckham has returned to L.A. after his father, who suffered a heart attack last week, convinced him he was getting better.(Daily Mail)
  • The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw says Sam Riley’s portrayal of Ian Curtis is less “actorly” than Daniel Day-Lewis‘ Oscar-winning portrayal of cerebral palsy in My Left Foot. “Sam Riley, who plays Ian Curtis, does not have epilepsy, but there is something far less studied and actor-ish in his approach. My feeling is that one day Daniel Day Lewis’s elaborate impersonation of Christy Brown will be like Laurence Olivier blacking up to play Othello: it will be something over which collective memory will draw a veil.”
  • Nick Hornby‘s new novel takes on the teenage dream.(The Times)
  • The TimesLisa Mullen reveals “20 things you didn’t know about Radio 4.”
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Filed Under: Bono, The Spice Girls
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.