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  • It’s over for Salman Rushdie and Top Chef host Padme Lakshmi: they are divorcing after three years of marriage. Maybe it’s all well for Lakshmi: get the hell out of there before the next fatwa begins, right?(RTE)

  • 15 million Britons tuned in to the Diana concert; 8.7 million Americans watched the NBC special.
  • Entertainment Weekly asks, without a hint of snark, “What did Princess Diana mean to you?”
  • Kate Moss has been dropped by Agent Provocateur.
  • The Guardian reads the books so you don’t have to: Pete Doherty‘s diaries, summed up in a few paragraphs. “I’m a rock god/With a skinny bod/I take loads of smack/And smoke some crack/People think I’m cool/So who’s the fool?”
  • Eric Clapton‘s “Layla” talks.(SMH)
  • Sir Elton John is slowly but surely becoming Zsa Zsa Gabor: he screamed at a cop who refused to let him through a roadblock.
    (The Sun)
  • Natasha Bedingfield lounges with racer Lewis Hamilton and remembers to leave the panties at home. Go ‘head, girl, get at him before he lands that $300 million deal. The Daily Mail has more photos.
  • Others need not apply: Hamilton is a shoo-in for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
  • Investigative journalism, Sun-style: Victoria Newton wants to get to the bottom of Victoria Beckham‘s boobs.
  • Geri Haliwell was the catalyst behind the Spice Girls reunion.
    (The Sun)
  • With all this talk of bands reunited, The Irish Independent looks at the bands who will NEVER get back together, namely The Jam and The Smiths.
  • Before he took ill and cancelled concerts (including the MSG one in NYC), Morrissey played Letterman. He’s in good voice performing “That’s How People Grow Up,” shown in this YouTube clip. OK, what is that MESS that Kristeen Young is wearing? Kirsty MacColl she is not.
  • Madonna producer William Orbit gets five minutes in
    The Independent.
  • Travis lead singer Fran Healy shows a drunk fan who’s boss.
    (The Sun)
  • Ewan McGregor and riding partner Charley Boorman answer reader mail from Africa. They say the food’s damn good in Sudan.(BBC)
  • John Inman‘s partner stands to claim nearly $4.6 million of the late Are You Being Served? actor’s fortune.(The Sun)
  • A nice little Guardian interview with Brian Cox. “Ambition is very seductive: it catches you and makes you do things you regret.”
  • North Americans – OK mostly New Yorkers – will finally have a chance to see buzzed-about Brit band Los Campesinos! live.(Pitchfork)
  • What kind of occasion would bring Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, and Kevin Spacey together?(Daily Record)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.