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I think you can take this as Sir Paul McCartney‘s first real, post-divorce statement about Heather Mills. In an article he wrote himself in yesterday’s London Times, McCartney paid tribute to late wife Linda McCartney ahead of an exhibition of her private photographs at the James Hyman Gallery on April 25th. As you would expect, Paul’s piece is a near-hagiography: clearly, sistahgirl could do no wrong. Heather, however, is a different story. You don’t have to read between the lines very much in the following passage:

[Linda] didn’t go on TV and say “This is who I am – hello” and try to ingratiate herself. [Editor: Oh snap!] We didn’t need to do that – it was our life, not theirs. We were too busy living it. When anybody came to the house and met her, they thought she was fantastic. She was just a great person to hang out with: very funny, very smart and very talented. She could just as easily talk to a local postman as a New York art dealer.

Hmmm, who could Paul be talking about? It couldn’t be the sweetly serene Good Samaritan seen here.

Meanwhile, Heather Mills has elected to become an even greater outcast in the UK: she’s dyed her hair ginger.

Estelle has extended her reign to three weeks on top of the UK pop charts. Flo Rida continues to nip at her heels at No. 2, and the new single from indie-lite rockers Kooks barrels into the chart at No. 3.

1. Estelle ft. Kanye West – AmericanBoy
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2. Flo Rida ft. T-Pain – Low
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3. Kooks – Always Where I Need ToBe
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4. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
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5. Duffy – Mercy
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6. Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
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7. Leona Lewis – Better InTime/Footprints In the Sand
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8. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4Minutes
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9. Chris Brown – With You
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10. Nickelback – Rockstar
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In other news:

  • “Illness” has forced Lily Allen to quit her role a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction. (BBC)

  • Lily goes brilliantly blonde. It suits her even less than it does Amy Winehouse.(Daily Mail)
  • Mortifying: Lily and Kelly Osbourne wore the same dress to a fashion show. (Mirror)
  • Jay-Z, a.k.a. Mr. Knowles, allegedly wants to pull out of the Glastonbury Festival. A source tells The Sun:”He hasn’t liked all this talk of how Glastonbury is more urban and hip this year because of his appearance. He feels it’s a bit sad and he’s being used to make a point. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when he was blamed for the lower registrations.”
  • Radiohead continue to be web innovators: they’ve launched a Facebook-esque social networking site called W.A.S.T.E. Found via NME.
  • George Michael wants graffiti artist Banksy to tag his house.(Mirror)
  • Marc Andrews over at Arjan Writes gives Madonna‘s Hard Candy album a middling review, and the fans of her Madgesty have their knives out. I haven’t heard it in its entirety yet so I’ll refrain from comment.
  • The British Border Agency is appealing a court ruling that allows Snoop Dogg to enter the UK.(Guardian)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.