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  • Gordon Ramsay wants restaurants fined for serving out-of-season produce: “Fruit and veg should be seasonal. Chefs should be fined if they haven’t got ingredients in season on their menu. I don’t want to see asparagus on in the middle of December. I don’t want to see strawberries from Kenya in the middle of March. I want to see it homegrown.” (BBC)

  • Gordon discusses his best and worst vacations. Word to the wise: don’t ask him to join you for dinner while he’s on holiday: “I’m always being asked to squeeze people in as a surprise for someone’s birthday or wedding anniversary. People are also always inviting me to join them for dinner. I can’t understand that one. Why would I want to have dinner with a complete stranger when I’m on holiday with my family? No, thank you.”(Telegraph)
  • Actress Liv Tyler has split from her British husband, Spacehog singer Royston Langdon.(Telegraph)
  • Fatboy Slim‘s wife, TV presenter Zoe Ball, was almost hit by a car while filming a promo near their property. Her cameraman wasn’t so lucky; he was hit, but he only suffered minor injuries.(BBC)
  • The casting of Juno‘s Ellen Page in BBC’s Jane Eyre has riled many industry insiders in the UK. One source says, “No one is doubting Ellen Page’s acting abilities, but why a BBC movie of Jane Eyre couldn’t have a British actress in the lead is pretty hard to stomach. It’s not as if we don’t have enough talented young actresses here who could play the role.”(Digital Spy)
  • Minnie Driver gives a hint on who her “baby daddy” might be: it’s not Craig Zolezzi, a San Francisco musician and Driver’s friend.(Digital Spy)
  • The cast of the UK version of The Office have had trouble making the jump to films. The Guardian shows us just how much trouble they’ve had. Also: was Ricky Gervais right to snub the British film industry?
  • That’s one way to stop traffic: motorists on Britain’s M40 freeway got an eyeful today – a cut-and-bruised Amy Winehouse wandering the side of the road.(Telegraph)
  • Now Peaches Geldof could face charges for an alleged drug-deal video.(The Sun)
  • Massive Attack and Portishead have just returned to the spotlight; now Tricky‘s back with his first release in five years. The Guardian asks, “Did all the trip-hop bands of Bristol sit down together over tea and biscuits and decide that it was time for a comeback? A life of organic farming and Tesco clubcards can get rather dull after all. And what do you know, Portishead only went and surprised us cynics by making one of the best albums of the year. We look forward to seeing whether a bit of time off has had a similar effect on Tricky. Album’s out July 9th.”
  • Mark Ronson is No. 62 on this year’s list of “the 100 most influential people in Britian’s Jewish community.”(The Times)
  • Ronson steps out with his new honey-bunny.(The Sun)
  • Super Furry Animals lead singer Gruff Rhys is waging a war against the saxophone: “I generally dislike the saxophone. I like saxophones if they’re just doing basic notes, that’s fine. But saxophone solos I don’t enjoy. It has that vomit-inducing quality, it’s a physical thing.”(NME)
  • Charlie Higson, author the Young Bond series, picks his 10 favorite 007 villains.(Guardian)
  • Simon Fuller, Spice Girls manager and American Idol creator, will marry his girlfriend Natalie Swanson.(Mirror)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.