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  • That’s Sir Salman Rushdie to you: the celebrated author was knighted over the weekend.(BBC)

  • The Pakistani parliament has denounced Rushdie’s new title, calling it an insult to Muslims.(The Times)
  • Says one Pakistani official: “The west is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the British government apologizes and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”(Guardian)
  • Failed knight David Beckham ended his Real Madrid career with a triumphant victory.(Guardian)
  • Beckham posed for photos with his sons as he celebrated.(Mirror)
  • After the big win, Posh ‘n Becks partied with TomKat.(Daily Mail)
  • Victoria Beckham shows her stripes for the cover of the paperback version of her style guide, That Extra Half an Inch.(Mirror)
  • Victoria was allegedy fired by clothing line Rock + Republic because she was “horrible to work with.”(Contact Music)
  • Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin were shuttled by helicopter between Gary Neville‘s and Steven Gerrard‘s weddings.
    (Daily Mail)
  • British racing sensation Lewis Hamilton won his seventh straight race in Indianapolis over the weekend.(Scotsman)
  • The Police‘s performance at Bonnaroo was a highlight for the folks over at Stereogum.
  • Annie Lennox, Corinne Bailey Rae, James Morrison, and Beth Orton are among the performers set for a British concert for peace in September.(Mirror)
  • Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle‘s legs have been voted the best in pop music. “It’s perhaps not such a surprise considering the attention given to her 36 inch legs. Researchers found they’re displayed for around a minute in each of her videos.”(ITV)
  • Hat’s off to Kate Middleton, who was voted the celebrity with the best taste in chapeaux.(Contact Music)
  • The Daily Mail reveals photos of Doctor Who‘s Billie Piper as a “sophisticated London call-girl” in the ITV2 miniseries, Belle du Jour.
  • Rare early footage of Dudley Moore performing music will air on BBC4 later this month. (Chortle)
  • Prince William says his mother was tormented by comments that she was fat.”Someone said she had cellulite or something like that. As a woman in the public eye, she tried so hard and was so glamorous, always in the gym.”(Reuters)
  • Wills will quit the army in 2009 to learn “the art of kingship,” reports Hello!.
  • Photos of William at a charity polo match.(Just Jared)
  • Daisy Wright, the nanny who schtupped Jude Law, has found love with Maxi Jazz, lead singer of the band Faithless. He is 21 years her senior.(Daily Mail)
  • Jude Law will team up with Oscar winner Forest Whitaker for the film The Repression Mambo.(Variety)
  • Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the radio: James Blunt‘s sophomore album is set for a September release.(NME)
  • Naïveté, thy name is Allen: Lily says, “I don’t want to be a celebrity, I am a singer, I write songs, that’s it.”(Daily Mail)
  • Cornwall is known for its hens, its terrorists, and now its pasty white arse.
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.