If he ever manages to actually, you know, die one of these days, Keith Richards plans to donate his body to science. “Apparently, I do have an incredible immune system. I had Hepatitis C and cured it myself. Just by being me. They (doctors) want it so they can study it and figure out how to make other people much better. I mean, I eat everything wrong. I shove terrible things inside me.”(Digital Spy)
The BBC may have to compete with other UK broadcasters for the British license fee, according to Variety. UK media regulator Ofcom has suggested that other broadcast companies could receive part of the license fee funding if they produce “U.K.-made fare in genres such as children’s, news, public affairs, arts, and science.” BBC NEWS has more on the story. For your information, the license fee is a tax that every British household must pay for owning a TV set. The BBC gets approximately 75 percent of its income from license fee revenue, according to last year’s annual report.
It is confirmed: Daniel Radcliffe will reprise his role in Equus on Broadway. (Guardian)
Simon Cowell says the British are “the best in the world. It’s time to put our heads up again, it’s very important.”(The Sun)
Cowell blames anti-X Factor “snobbery” for Leona Lewis‘ BRIT Award loss.(Telegraph)
Lily Allen was thrown out out of a comedy gig after she was caught “giggling” in a men’s bathroom with Johnny Borrell and Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding. Before she was ejected, she allegedly told security she’d had a sex change. That’s not something she wants to throw around in jest: people may start to believe her. She’s looking more like her father with each passing day.(Digital Spy)
Gwyneth Paltrow denies that she and husband Chris Martin are splitting. And she says there’s a reason why you don’t see them on the red carpet together: “You will never see us out publicly. We just don’t want to be one of those couples.” (Daily Mail)
Producers of Quantum of Solace are “begging” Daniel Craig to go fully nude in the film. “I’m always after him to take his clothes off, every day,” says Barbara Broccoli, longtime producer of Bond movies. Wait, isn’t that considered sexual harassment in most places?(Contact Music)
Sir Elton John raised millions at a fundraiser in support of Hillary Clinton – and attacked America for its “misogyny.”(Digital Spy)
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.