Robbie Williams admits he wanted to rejoin Take That on their last tour, but the timing was bad due to the flop of his last solo record. “I’d actually like to go and do something,” he said, but he feared fans would think, “Oh look, he’s had to get up with these [guys], now Rudebox has failed.”(BBC)
Jake Brockman, a longtime keyboardist for Echo and the Bunnymen, has been killed in a motorcycle crash on the Isle of Man at the age of 53.(BBC)
SIr Elton John‘s longtime keyboardist, Guy Babylon, died suddenly from a heart attack Wednesday, also at age 53. (MusicWeek)
Keith Waterhouse, author of Billy Liar, has died at age 80.(Telegraph)
The Wire star Idris Elba once said that, as a black actor, he had to go to the U.S. for roles. But he’s returning to his home country for his next part, the lead in a BBC psychological drama titled Luther, in which he plays a “a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions”.(BBC)
Mark Ronson tells you how to be cool like him.(Telegraph)
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.