Pamela Anderson has slammed her big-boobed British counterpart, Jordan: “I have no idea how she became famous. [Anglophenia note: um, she posed topless for a rag. Kinda like you did, Pammy.] She shows off her kids all the time in TV shows – that’s beyond low…I’d never do that. Kids can’t make that decision at that age, can they?”(The Sun)
Did two former housekeepers jack the Beckhams and sell their stuff on eBay?(BBC)
Doctor Who is getting its own academic conference titled “Whoniversal Appeal.”(BBC)
Rich Johnston, columnist for Comic Book Resources, says, “The sixth series of Doctor Who (2011) will star Paterson Joseph as The Doctor.” You might know him as villainous Benjamin on Jekyll, which was created by Doctor Who‘s new showrunner, Steven Moffat. Den of Geek spoke to Paterson Joseph’s agent, who says it’s not true.
Guy Ritchie criticizes his wife’s driving ability. “I love my wife dearly but she can’t drive. It’s fine if I’m in the driving seat but when she is I don’t like it.” I suppose the car is the only place he’s in the “driver’s seat” in that marriage.(Now Magazine)
Pete Doherty says he wasn’t about to do crack in a video posted in his YouTube channel.(NME)
Noel Gallagher has taken a major pop at Dannii Minogue: “You’re going in at the top, with a Number One that sells 750,000 or whatever and you’ve got someone like Dannii Minogue telling you you’re really talented – and if there’s one person in the room who wouldn’t know talent if it kicked them in the arse it’s Dannii Minogue.” Yo, Dannii, I don’t think Noel’s ribs are fully healed yet. Now would be a good time to give him a good kick.(NME)
Paul Weller was in the Toronto audience when Noel Gallagher was attacked.(The Sun)
Take That and Britney Spears will release albums with the same name on the same day.(BBC)
Bryan Ferry visits his son Otis in the slammer.(Daily Mail)
Nicola Roberts admits she has cried about being called “the ugly one” in Girls Aloud. “I was a young girl and everyone was saying the others were stunning and I was the ugly one. No young girl wants to be seen like that. I was even embarrassed with my boyfriend at the time. I wondered if he felt like he was going out with the ugly one.” (The Sun)
British artist Damien Hirst is No. 1 on the list of the Top 100 most powerful people in the art world.(Telegraph)
John Cleese on Sarah Palin: “I’m sorry, Michael Palin, but you’re not the funniest Palin anymore.”(Guardian)
“I think the BBC we have known, for good or worse, is now in its last stages,” says longtime BBC news reporter, John Simpson.(Telegraph)
Gavin & Stacey‘s Mathew Horne and James Corden will appear in a lighthearted British campaign aimed at getting students to stop making excuses.(Brand Republic)
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.