Arts: This was the week that was
Monday 15 March 1999
Tomorrow In 1898 artist Aubrey Beardsley came to his own fin de siecle, dying the way a leading Decadent and Yellow Book illustrator would want to go: of TB in France. "Yes, We Have No No Bananas" was published in 1923; some said the song owed its tune to the Hallelujah Chorus. Try it in the bath.
Wednesday In a dreadful warning to whoever succeeds Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate Colley Cibber was summoned to court by Captain Hercules Vinegar (alias novelist Henry Fielding) on a charge of murder - of the English language.
Thursday Was Ivan so Terrible? Probably. He died in 1584, allegedly from sorrow after killing his son, but to his credit inspired the film epic of Eisenstein the Terribly Good.
Friday Edgar Rice Burroughs died in 1950; as well as creating Tarzan, the aristocratic apeman, he wrote The Chessmen of Mars, The Wizard of Venus and a sequence of novels set inside a hollow Earth.
Saturday In 1917 Vera Lynn was born as the less harmonious-sounding Vera Welch; the "Forces Sweetheart" hit the charts with "We'll Meet Again" and "White Cliffs of Dover", neither of which, oddly enough, have been re-issued in a drum'n'bass remix.
Sunday In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave peace a chance by staying in bed; on honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton they staged their "Beds in Peace" demonstration.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’
- 5 The Simpsons Family Guy trailer: First look at crossover episode after Comic-Con debut
Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral backlash from US parenting groups
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Doctor Who series 8: Watch Peter Capaldi in new ‘Listen!’ teaser trailer
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc