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  • It doesn’t matter that Sharon Osbourne‘s face has been carved up like last year’s Thanksgiving turkey…

    The lady still had the nerve to criticize Susan Boyle‘s looks earlier this week on The Opie & Anthony Show. I can admire Sharon when she speaks Truth to Power – and especially when she’s opening a can of whoop-a** on charm school debutantes – but attacking SuBo like this just seems cruel.

    Watch the clip below. What a ghastly woman:

  • Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson says her 22-year-old adopted Rwandan son faced “racist taunts” at Britain’s Exeter University – and suggests that the mostly white school would be more suitable for the British National Party. Speaking at a campus lecture on cultural awareness, Thompson said, “You’re not going to get hundreds and hundreds of black students here overnight, but what you can do is make them more comfortable.” (Telegraph)
  • Check out what you can get on eBay for five bucks: a lost Charlie Chaplin film that could be worth up to £40,000. (Telegraph)
  • The Guardian has “an exclusive first listen” of Dame Shirley Bassey‘s first new album in two decades.
  • The 10 best places to get a curry in the UK. (Guardian)
  • Sir Paul McCartney admits The Beatles just weren’t that good in 1962, two years before they reached global domination. He’s quoted in today’s Sun: “You’d have turned us down if you were a record company. And they did – Decca turned us down!” For more on the Beatles, including top ten lists, please visit’s new Tunes from the Thames site.
  • Stephen Frears and his High Fidelity screenwriter, D.V. DeVincentis, are working on adapting yet another book for the screen. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Stephen Gately‘s widower, Andrew Cowles, has spoken publicly for the first time since his husband’s tragic death. (The Sun)
  • Even Britain’s Prime Minister hates those damned X Factor twins. (The Sun)
  • Is Benny Hill too politically incorrect to get his own postage stamp? (Telegraph)
  • A dispute with the IRS is keeping Echo and the Bunnymen out of the States. (BBC)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.