Beatles on iTunes a No-Go, Says Yoko

  • Want to download “Let It Be” or “Blackbird” on iTunes? Yoko Ono says you won’t see Beatles tracks on the popular digital outlet anytime soon. I feel so sorry for Yoko: always so unfairly attacked and perennially forced to be the bearer of bad news.(Daily Mail)
  • Check out an early Monty Python home movie filmed by Terry Jones. (BBC)
  • Amy Winehouse was not on her best behavior when Zulu royalty showed up for the opening of London’s Shaka Zula bar. The Mirror reports: “She bellowed in the King’s direction: ‘Anyone got a fag? I’m gagging for one!’ He looked stunned. Then when he thanked everyone you could hear Amy laughing and blurting out: ‘I want an outfit like His Majesty’s.’ Leopard-print is in!”
  • Robbie Williams is marrying his American girlfriend Ayda Field tomorrow off the coast of California. None of his Take That bandmates will be attending. (Mirror)
  • Can we get Robbie to mentor Britain’s next generation of boybands? (The Sun)
  • Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) are one of TV’s best bromances, says The Guardian‘s Mathilda Gregory.
  • Cheryl Cole is pretty in plaid with Derek Hough. (Daily Mail)
  • Lily Allen gets her first photo-op since announcing her pregnancy. (Daily Mail)
  • To showcase new material from their upcoming album, Manic Street Preachers played a secret show in London, which, according to The Sun, “had more mistakes than England’s bid for World Cup glory.” Please: the Manics at their wobbliest are better than most top 10 bands “in the zone.” Check out the mega-anthemic “(It’s Not War) Just the End of Love”, the first single from their new album, Postcards from a Young Man.

  • The Daily Telegraph‘s David Gritten says Never Let Me Go, the new Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, is “a perfect example of British film at its very best.” He also praises the three stars as “outstanding.”

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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