According to The Daily Mail, Peaches Geldof, daughter of Sir Bob Geldof and a student at NYU, is “ready to make herself a household name in the U.S. Indeed, she has been telling friends she has travelled to Hollywood to discuss fronting her own show for a major U.S. TV network. And she has been hard at work refining her American accent. Her conversation is littered with the words ‘dude’ and ‘like’.” Oh God, she sounds insufferable, which means we’ll eat her up over here – at least for a few weeks.
Did ITV This Morning co-host Philip Schofield “ambush” Kerry Katona during yesterday’s interview? I think she did a good job of embarrassing herself on her own.(Telegraph)
Why do minority contestants tend to get voted off early on the British version of Dancing with the Stars (and other TV talent shows in the UK)? Interestingly, minority competitors have done quite well on the U.S. version of Dancing, with Emmitt Smith, Hélio Castroneves, Apolo Anton Ohno, and Kristi Yamaguchi all taking home the trophy, and Mario Lopez, Mel B., Jerry Rice, Laila Ali, Cristián de la Fuente, and Jason Taylor making it to the finals. (The Stage)
Victoria Beckham dons a sari for the cover of Indian Vogue.(The Sun)
Was Madonna jealous of Guy Ritchie‘s “gorgeous” Danish ex-girlfriend, model Tania Strecker?(The Sun)
A homeless man found Paul McCartney‘s wax head and received a £2,000 reward.(NME)
The Sun reports that Heather Mills is burning through her divorce settlement, spending £10 million in seven months. Well, she does have £14.3 million left.
Robin Hood‘s Richard Armitage reveals Guy’s upcoming story for the next season (highlight to reveal spoiler): “It turns out he’s got a sister, and other family members. We really delve into his past.” Plus: “[Guy’s coat] has been ditched and there’s a whole new look for him.”(Telegraph)
David Walliams hangs with Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant.(The Sun)
The Mighty Boosh boys want to follow in David Walliams and Matt Lucas‘s footsteps and try America. But Julian Barratt says, “I don’t think we’d do an American version of what we do. Obviously Little Britain had to be an American version. Our thing would just be our thing, just more of the same. They‘re interested in it. They‘re just waiting and trying to figure out how we would approach it over in the States.” Not sure who “they” are, but sounds good.(BBC)
The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick picks the top five Bond themes…of course, “Diamonds Are Forever” is there. But “Die Another Day”?!?!?
McCormick also senses that there’s a Britpop revival going on.(Telegraph)
Jordan and Peter Andre provide more fodder for gossips claiming their marriage is in trouble, partying separately in London.(Daily Mail)
Was John Lennon just joking about his “lustful” feelings toward his mother?(Telegraph)
Will John McCain and Sarah Palin be guest speakers?: ProfessorJohnny Marr will give a lecture entitled “Always from the Outside: Mavericks, Innovators, and Building Your Own Ark” at Salford University on November 4th.(BBC)
Adrian Edmondson, Vyvyan from The Young Ones and husband of Jennifer Saunders, has joined the punk/folk band The Bad Shepherds as a mandolin player.(Telegraph)
Meanwhile, Coldplay guitarist Johnny Buckland says he’d ditch his band to play for British soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspur.(NME)
Jamie Oliver will try to find “the best of American cooking” in a road trip across the States.(Guardian)
Listen to “the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf.”(BBC)
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.