The Guardian‘s Priya Elan says Robbie Williams “would be mad to go back to Take That”: “Against all odds, Take That have become the perfect model for a grown-up boy band. Nothing about them (from the mid tempo rushes of Patience to their M&S ads) is about drama. Robbie, on the other hand, is nothing but drama. You think he will happily take the mic, stage left to sing backing vocals? Of course not, and why should he?”
What’s Blur‘s place in pop history? The Times‘ Pete Paphides says, “A band’s stock rises and falls with external factors. Menswear, Sleeper, Gene, and all the London-based bottom-feeders of Britpop, for whom Blur were once blamed, have long been forgotten – leaving only the good stuff. That too must surely account for the wave of affectionate re-evaluation prompted by Blur’s reunion.”
Shall we rename him Edward Harrington?: David Tennant‘s Hamlet understudy, Edward Bennett, is now dating Tennant’s ex.(Daily Mail)
What Girls Aloud will look like in 60 years (40, without plastic surgery).(Daily Mail)
Kate Moss is snapped clutching a bottle of poppers. Knowing Kate Moss, she could be photographed holding a lot worse, so let’s go easy on her for the amyl nitrate.(Daily Mail)
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.