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As you hardly need reminding, it’s been a pretty tumultuous week politically. So let’s distract ourselves with the very best in pop culture over the next seven days, from the enriching and enlightening, to the fun and frivolous.

1. WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST

Bat For Lashes: The Bride
Bat For Lashes: The Bride

The cult songstress returns with a dark concept album about a bride whose fiancé is killed on their way to their wedding. It’s a work of beguiling beauty with some lovely sad melodies.

2. WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST AND KEEP ON REPEAT

Blood Orange: Freetown Sound
Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

British singer-songwriter Dev Hynes calls this album “a clap back” for “everyone told they’re not black enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way, the under-appreciated.” It’s an idiosyncratic yet inviting affair featuring cameos from Nelly Furtado and Blondie‘s Debbie Harry.

3. WHAT TO READ

Bryony Gordon: Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon: Mad Girl

In which Gordon, a popular columnist for Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, opens up about her battles with OCD, depression and bulimia. It’s not a self-help book, but a frank, funny and touching insight into mental illness.

4. WHAT TO WATCH ON THE BIG SCREEN

(Photo: Disney)
The BFG

Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s beloved children’s novel drew a pretty positive response when it premiered at Cannes in May. Mark Rylance, the revered Shakespearean thesp who collected an Oscar earlier this year for his role in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, is winning yet more raves for his awesome motion-capture performance as the eponymous “Big Friendly Giant.”

5. WHAT TO WATCH ON YOUR FLATSCREEN

Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham New York

The legendary American photographer, who is credited with popularizing so-called “street style” pictures, died last Saturday at the age of 87. This 2010 documentary offers a fascinating insight into the man, who famously rode around Manhattan on a bicycle scouting for fashionistas to snap, and his supremely influential work for the The New York Times.

6. WHAT TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE

Lady Gaga interviews the Dalai Lama
Lady Gaga interviews the Dalai Lama

No, it’s not a spoof—this deeply surreal meeting was live-streamed on Facebook last week. Gaga asks the Dalai Lama how young people can cope with the various psychological issues that affect them, and he replies by encouraging them to create a healthier and more compassionate environment for one another. It may sound thoroughly well-meaning, but the interview has reportedly gotten Gaga banned from China, where government officials have called the Dalai Lama a “wolf in monk’s robes.”

7. WHO TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER

@LilyAllen
@LilyAllen

This British pop singer began her career on MySpace over a decade ago and has always been refreshingly candid on Twitter. But as the U.K. deals with the fall-out from last week’s incredibly polarizing EU Referendum, her feed is even fiercer and more forthright than normal.

8. WHAT GIF TO GOOGLE

Jon Snow's rubber sword
Jon Snow’s rubber sword

Critics praise Game of Thrones for its complex storytelling, classy ensemble cast and peerless production values. But in a recent episode, Kit Harington’s character jumped on a horse armed with a soft floppy sword that couldn’t cut through a birthday cake. Well done for spotting it, the internet.

9. WHO TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

@newportstreetgallery_london
@newportstreetgallery_london

Opened earlier this year by iconic British artist Damien Hirst, this south London gallery is currently hosting a brilliant Jeff Koons retrospective. Highlights of the exhibition are shared on the Instagram account, offering an intriguing sneak peek into the U.K.’s coolest new art venue, which even has its own kitschy medicine-themed restaurant, Pharmacy 2.

10. WHAT SWAG TO SNAG AND BRAG ABOUT ON INSTAGRAM

Zayn's rock star T-shirt
Zayn’s rock star T-shirt

The One Direction renegade has just released a range of surprisingly stylish merchandise inspired by his debut album Mind of Mine. The highlight is a badass T-shirt designed by Mark Wilkinson, a British illustrator known for his work with heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

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By Nick Levine