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 (email@example.com) on 31 March
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant