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- Jordan a.k.a. Kate Price wants to be known as Katie Andre now. She has taken the last name of her husband, Peter Andre.
- No. 1 on British teenage girls’ wish lists? Boob jobs so they can look like Jordan.(The Sun)
- Critics find Jordan’s nomination for a British Book Award “depressing.”(Mirror)
- Jade Goody “was involved in a vicious fight with a female party goer at Essex nightclub Faces last night before turning her rage onto a club security guard.”(Daily Mail)
- Victoria Beckham and Kate Beckinsale are palsy-walsy.(Daily Mail)
- J.K. Rowling admits she was “suicidal” after her first marriage ended when she was in her 20s. “I definitely had leanings towards depression from quite an early age,” she told a student magazine.”Then, mid-20s, life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted. The thing that made me face the fact that this was not a normal state that I was in was probably my daughter.” (BBC)
- Michelle Ryan isn’t the only EastEnder to have American success: Sean Maguire has become a film star, taking the lead role in the 300 spoof Meet the Spartans that was out in America a few months ago. He talks to BBC NEWS about mimicking Gerard Butler: “I watched  every day whilst we were filming. I’d try and pick up little habits he had. I speak in a very gruff voice and sometimes go very Scottish because that’s what Gerry does. I hope he’s not annoyed with me about it.”
- Actor Rafe Spall has a close relationship with his father, actor Timothy Spall. “I speak to my dad nearly every day – and he is a huge mentor. What better mentor to have than Timothy Spall?” he tells The Daily Telegraph. “But if I stand back from it, I go, ‘Wow, I’ve got one of the greatest actors of his generation on the end of the line to ask advice.’ I speak to him about everything. I’m incredibly lucky to have that.”
- Simon Callow offers a tribute to the late Paul Scofield, whom he calls “the last of the theatrical titans, a late flowering of that astonishing generation that included Olivier, Gielgud, Ashcroft, Evans, Redgrave, and Richardson, and his death last week leaves the stage immeasurably impoverished.” (Guardian)
- Travelers agree: Heathrow is a crappy airport.(The Times)
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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.