Think Our Economy’s Bad? Look Across the Pond…

  • The UK will suffer more from the current financial crisis than any developed nation. “British gross domestic product will contract 2.8 percent this year, a sharper and more painful decline than the IMF now forecasts for America, the Eurozone, or Japan.”(Telegraph)
  • I’m sure Paris Hilton believes Prime Minister Gordon Ramsay will get them out of this mess.(The Sun)
  • For decades, male cellists guarded their balls in fear, but it turns out the dreaded “cello scrotum” was all a miserable lie. Thirty-five years ago, Elaine Murphy, “a member of The House of Lords and a trained doctor,” submitted an article to the British Medical Journal about the fake condition as a prank, she revealed today. “She made up [the] cello scrotum ailment after reading about ‘guitarist’s nipple’ in 1974,” reports CNN.
  • Russell T. Davies was NOT happy when a crane operator destroyed a costly double decker bus that was to be used in a Doctor Who special filmed in Dubai. (Telegraph)
  • Martha’s not the only one returning to Doctor Who: Mickey will board the TARDIS again as well.(The Sun)
  • Sir Paul McCartney says he’s been in a dark place, and apparently, it has something to do with Heather Mills.(The Sun)
  • McCartney will turn up on tonight’s Colbert Report.(Variety)
  • Mischa Barton kissed a girl. Doesn’t look like she liked it.(The Sun)
  • Ricky Gervais is the “Dene” of Comedy.(Daily Mail)
  • New Arctic Monkeys!(Stereogum)
  • New Calvin Harris!(Popjustice)
  • How do you make the perfect pop song? The Guardian‘s Will Hodgkinson asks songwriters ranging from Jarvis Cocker to Phil Collins.
  • Smart guy: Robbie Williams has collaborated with Mark Ronson for his new album. (Guardian)
  • Noel Gallagher admits he’s an average guitarist: “I’m unfortunate enough that two of my best mates are Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Paul Weller. Those two are virtuosos to me, although neither of them would admit it. On the electric guitar they’re it. So if you’re asking me how do I compare to those two – and I like to compare myself to the greats – I’m average at f***ing best.”(NME)
  • David Bowie doesn’t Twitter.(NME)
  • Kate Winslet won’t fly with her husband Sam Mendes because she fears the plane will crash and leave their children orphaned. After her Gloves meltdown, she’s not exactly helping her case for emotional stability, is she?(Now Magazine)
  • Stanley Kubrick looked to British TV when casting his classic films.(Guardian)
  • Yay, another Jane Austen adaptation. You can never have too many, right?(The Stage)
  • New York PressArmond White reviews the new DVD of John Schlesinger’s 1967 adaptation of Thomas Hardy‘s Far From the Madding Crowd, starring the goddess Julie Christie, Peter Finch, and the ever-so-studly Terence Stamp and Alan Bates.
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick says new indie band White Lies is bringing “death” back to music. I love you, Neil, but you’re grasping here. Death never left.

Kevin Wicks

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.

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