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
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