Don’t you wish your First Lady was hot like me: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy‘s tour of Britain has the pundits tossing out superlatives. “Poised.” “Serene.” “Glamorous and sophisticated.” (Compared to “Crocodile Wife” Camilla, the new Ms. Nicolas Sarkozy must seem like she dropped straight from the pearly gates.) She’s being compared to Jackie Kennedy and, yes, Princess Diana. Andrew Pierce of The Daily Telegraph talks about Bruni’s meeting with the Royals yesterday and how the British public has embraced her: “Magazines with her face on the front cover are flying off shelves. Not since Lady Diana Spencer was launched on the international scene has there been such a media circus surrounding a woman in public life. Mr. Sarkozy’s advisers will not be disappointed. While the Prince of Wales resented the popularity of his beautiful young wife, the president, trailing badly in opinion polls, will welcome the chance to bask in her reflected glory. ‘We hope that she will win the hearts of the French people, just as Lady Diana won the hearts of the English,’ a presidential aide said. On yesterday’s performance she just might – and not only French hearts.”
Gordon Brown puckers up for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.(The Sun)
Mick Jagger once dated Ms. Bruni, but he’s also been rumored to be bisexual for years. Keith Richards, who won’t be winning any GLAAD awards this year, says he doesn’t know if Mick Jagger “shoved it up the sh**ter. I’m not there watching it every day. But there was, at the time, a load of excruciatingly painful campness that went on.” (NME)
A 74-year-old, mostly blind British grandmother/ace archer has pulled off the “Robin Hood” shot, “a one-in-a-million feat of marksmanship after splitting one arrow with another.” (Telegraph)
Rowan Atkinson will play Fagin in a West End production of Oliver!, according to BBC NEWS. By the way, isn’t the picture of Rowan at the link unusually handsome? Not that he’s an unattractive man…
Jill Scott talks about working with the late Anthony Minghella on The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: “He was an amazingly creative creature – he had such a rare talent. He saw things that no one else saw. Who knew? It was like he was showing you shooting stars every few minutes. He captured the essence of Botswana in this movie. When I finally saw it, I burst into tears. There were no words to describe what he’d done.” (Telegraph)
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.