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  • A holiday TV advertisement for British department store Marks & Spencer features a veritable who’s who of BBC AMERICA talent. There’s AbFab‘s Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, Occupation‘s James Nesbitt, and Life On MarsPhilip Glenister. Also, you’ll see perennial British favorites Stephen Fry, Twiggy, Myleene Klass, and yes, even Wallace & Gromit. Watch it – and then ask yourself, “How could this ad possibly be sexist?”

  • Get well wishes are in order for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, creator of Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, who is in the hospital after suffering an infection following surgery for prostate cancer.(BBC)
  • Lily Allen, wearing a horrible black-and-white streaked wig, fell on stage in high heels during a show.(Daily Mail)
  • Jedward will be singing Wham! songs on this weekend’s X Factor.(Daily Mail)
  • Every time you go away, I rob you blind: a current UK reality star served time in prison for burglarizing singer Paul Young‘s house.(Daily Mail)
  • Muse singer Matt Bellamy says that the band has brought humor back to British rock: “People really appreciate that slightly mad, eccentric English tradition around the world. Bands in the Nineties seem to forget the entertainment aspect of rock music. We are aware that at any point we are one step away from a Spinal Tap moment, especially if you have a complicated stage show like ours.”(Telegraph)
  • Rod Stewart won’t join the Faces reunion, but Simply Red‘s Mick Hucknall is being bandied about as a replacement.(Guardian)
  • Is the infallibility of Radiohead (No. 2 on BBC AMERICA’s list of top UK artists) one of rock’s greatest myths?(Spin)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.