The dermatological travails of Amy Winehouse continue, as evidenced by this picture in The Sun. The I-just-stubbed-out-my-ciggie-on-my-cheek look isn’t very chic, no? Also: watch her re-enact her zonked-out wandering through London from a few months back.
Meanwhile, Lily Allen, not Ms. Winehouse, helped Mark Ronson move into his new apartment.(Contact Music)
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat are at work on a new musical.(Guardian)
A star of the BBC series Waterloo Road failed to show up for the trial after he was arrested for beating up his pregnant girlfriend. He was convicted in his absence, and police are now looking for him.(Daily Record)
Elvis Presley made “a secret trip to England” back in 1958, which is apparently a very big deal.(The Times)
British model Kelly Brook and Titanic star Billy Zane have split.(Mirror)
Guy Ritchie blames “Russian oligarchs” for the expense of London: “House prices don’t go down, they just go up. The natives of England are sort of being left behind because the big money came in and if it wanted something it bought it and made a bigger fortune doing so. And as anyone who has tried to buy a house in central London knows, it’s almost impossible to do so unless you have 10 million quid.”(Mirror)
Is the miniseries Brideshead Revisited, which will soon be made available for download on iTunes, terribly overrated? The Guardian‘s Gareth McLean says, “I watched it again recently (don’t ask) and was again struck by the protracted pace, self-satisfied air and barely concealed nostalgia for a time and milieu that was as far from its audience’s world as if it were an alien planet. It certainly wasn’t watched in our house because it seemed so utterly irrelevant.”
It’s the UK version of NBC’s quarterlife: Sofia’s Diary, an online soap thatoriginated on Bebo, will make the transition to TV.(Guardian)
Billy Bragg helped KT Tunstall find her stage name.(Daily Record)
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.