Cultural Life: Boy George, singer
Friday 11 March 2011
Music: I'm digging Laura Marling, Nocturne The Blonde, Hurts, Sister Crayon, Chairlift and, of course, the gorgeous Adele who has a touch of Dusty Springfield about her. My Spotify playlist goes from Glasvegas to Jimmy Scott, lots of David Bowie from all decades and even a dash of Julio Iglesias and Goran Bregovic! Oh, and Timi Yuro, who seems to have been forgotten but what a voice!
Films: I saw the horror flick 'Let Me In', only because it features two Culture Club classics, but I actually loved it. 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'. I think Michael Douglas is a superb actor. I loved 'Moon' by Duncan Jones, son of Bowie, which reminded me of 'The Man Who Fell to Earth', unsurprisingly.
Television: 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' was fascinating. Loved 'Downton Abbey' and 'Upstairs Downstairs'. I always watch the news religiously and 'Question Time', but nothing gets in the way of 'The Weakest Link' and 'Eggheads'.
Books: At the moment Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' and before that 'We Need to Talk about Kevin', by Lionel Shriver, both very different but equally well written.
Opera: The 'Anna Nicole' opera was a hoot, but mostly because I don't think such vulgar language is very often heard at the ROH. It's such an amazing and decadent place and I was in one of the boxes, which just added to the thrill. I thought Eva-Maria Westbroek did a fantastic job.
Visual Arts: 'It's Hard to Make a Stand' by Steve Bishop, at the Saatchi Gallery, had me smiling for the rest of the day. It's a horse with a fur coat over it's head that looked like a face. Art should either make you laugh or cry.
Boy George performs for the Hepatitis C Trust's GET TESTED! campaign at the Jazz Cafe, London NW1 (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 31 March
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Kanye West halts concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Star Trek 3 to begin shooting in next six months
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Robin Thicke’s hit 'Blurred Lines' lands him in court, and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'