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  • Frank Kelly, who played Jack “Feck! Arse!” Hackett on the sitcom Father Ted, has been diagnosed with bowel cancer and is undergoing chemo. “The tumour was the size of a bloody cabbage,” he tells The Mirror, which certainly gives me a taste for some coleslaw. Kelly’s prognosis is good, and we wish him well.

  • 39-year-old Viva Blackpool star Sarah Parish says she picked the right time to start a family: “I was very broody when I was a teenager but then I became very focused on my career and I just didn’t really think about children for a while. You don’t really think about having babies until you find the person you want to be with. Then I met James and after a while I went, ‘Oh my God, I’m 39. Where the hell did all that time go?'” (The Sun)
  • Russell Brand bends over backwards to get laid in his new movie. This Sun link is probably NSFW.
  • Today, The Stage interviews Ashes To Ashes‘ stars, Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes.
  • James Bond has sparked a war between Virgin Airlines and British Airways.(Guardian)
  • Can you imagine Johnny Depp as Jean-Dominique Bauby in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? 73-year-old Brit Ronald Harwood, screenwriter of the film, tells The Daily Telegraph that Depp was almost cast: “He took my hand and held it warmly, and he said, ‘I can’t wait to start on it.’ As we turned away, I said to my wife, ‘He’s not going to do the movie.’ Absolutely blinding sincerity was the sign. I just knew it. The bigger the star, the bigger the bulls***.” Hey, all for the better: Mathieu Amalric was perfect in the movie and is actually French.
  • A Warhol-esque Banksy print of Kate Moss sold for nearly $192,000 at auction last night.(The Times)
  • The BBC is cancelling their long-running children’s show, Grange Hill, after 30 years.(BBC)
  • Strike fears loom for workers in the London Underground subway system.(Mirror)
  • Jordan is entering Wildenstein territory, planning even more plastic surgery. Don’t they have a rehab for that somewhere?(Daily Mail)
  • Will the Beckhams adopt a child in Africa?(Contact Music)
  • The Six Nations rugby championship has arrived in London, and the streets are overflowing with eye candy. It’s a dream for women and gay men; it’s hell on Earth for heterosexual men, as Matthew Syed tells The Times: “I can’t get out of the door of my apartment without Phil Vickery or Josh Lewsey flouncing past with their tight shirts and unnecessarily large shoulders, leaving a trail of slack-jawed women in their wake.” The use of the word “flouncing” is telling. Dare I sense a touch of homophobia or – more interestingly – gay envy? How ironic.
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Filed Under: Father Ted, Frank Kelly
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.