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Richard Branson vs. Stephen Colbert: Was Their Fight Staged?

British billionaire Richard Branson appeared on The Colbert Report last Tuesday, and, apparently, got into an altercation on-stage with host Stephen Colbert. Branson came on the show to plug his new Virgin American airline, but he didn’t get a chance by the time his segment ended. Furious (or “furious”), he splashed Colbert with his glass […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Blue and Orange

Today’s Anglo For Your Ear is themed in complementary colors, blue and orange. I have selected two classic British electropop videos to represent the colors, Erasure‘s 1990 hit “Blue Savannah” (blue, natch) and The Human League‘s 1983 single “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” (orange). Both videos are literally bathed in their respective hues. Regarding the Erasure clip, […]

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Dawn French: “I’m Going To Die Soon”

Comedienne Dawn French says she knows she’s going to die soon, despite having no (physical) ailment to speak of. She has even bought a house in Cornwall to be her final resting place. “I’ve never thought I’d live to be very old,” she says to The Times. “I’ve always felt that. So by 50 I […]

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Tony Wilson, Founder of Factory Records, Died On Friday

While Americans grieve the loss of Merv Griffin, the folks across the pond are mourning an icon of their own: Factory Records founder Tony Wilson died of cancer on Friday. He was 57 years old. The man behind New Order and Happy Mondays, he is largely credited with sparking the Manchester music scene in the […]

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Billie Piper “Blinded” By a Photographer

Billie Piper went to the hospital, fearing that a photographer’s flash bulb had made her blind. A very vicious reader at The Sun responds, “Her eyes must have been damaged years ago – let’s not forget this is the girl that married Chris Evans!!!” The BBC has info on the new season of Doctor Who: […]

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Report: Amy Winehouse Says She’ll “Be Dead in a Year”

Amy Winehouse has, indeed, gone to rehab, checking herself into The Priory, Britain’s answer to Betty Ford. A source tells about Winehouse’s journey to the bottom: The Daily Mail: “She looked like a zombie – white as a sheet and trembling. And I’ll never forget her eyes. They were dead, like a shark. Even Amy […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Morrissey’s “My Love Life”

This song is regularly cited by hardcore Moz fans as his best solo work. (I’m torn between “Lucky Lisp” and “National Front Disco” myself.) But many casual fans don’t know “My Love Life.” Well, enjoy: it’s one of his most heartfelt ballads about unrequited love, a common theme for him. “I know you love one […]

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Melanie Brown’s Secret Wedding Revealed

That Melanie Brown is full of surprises: she has been married for two months to her “producer boyfriend” Stephen Belafonte. The lovebirds had a quickie wedding in Vegas on June 6th, reports BBC. Her spokesperson says, “The couple, who are both 32, had wanted to keep the ceremony out of the public eye as they […]

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