My Week in Media: Mark Eley

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Last week I watched...

I'm trying to learn French as we have an apartment in France and only have French television there. From what I can understand it's quite trashy, even the news. It seems a bit like afternoon television throughout the whole day. The coverage of Sarkozy and Carla Bruni is great and hilarious. It's bizarre what's going on and people's reaction – it's discussed at all levels. The media is really working that one, as much as he is. When I get the opportunity I watch EastEnders and I really enjoy it. That's total relaxation for me even though it's really depressing. They have the worst plots and the worst characters, but I still watch it.



Last week I read...

I was in Japan and read a piece in the Japan Times about a former insurance broker who is creating a car culture in China. Chen Chao has started his own car club, the K-One Car Club, and opened up his own tuning shop. He is revolutionising the understanding of car culture in China. Fabio Capello's language at Wednesday night's game was all over the place, in every broadsheet and every tabloid. You couldn't miss it. On the Eurostar I was reading about Wes Anderson's film The Darjeeling Limited in the French magazine Numéro. I have seen the film but I met Wes at a dinner before it was launched, and I didn't realise he was the director of so many other films that I loved.

Last week I surfed...

Jonathan Cainer (www.cainer.com), which I look at every day. It sometimes provides support when you need it. My friend Diane's A Shaded View on Fashion (www.ashadedviewonfashion.com) – she's one of the most avant-garde fashion bloggers and we keep track of her to see who she's meeting and what friends we can see. It's exploded now and she's being invited to all the strange fashion centres around the world. That and Style Bubble (stylebubble.typepad.com) are the two sites which inform me more than anything else.

Last week I listened to...

Radio 4 and the French station RTL 104.3FM. It has really nice DJs and great music. Radio 4 is a constant in my life, it always has been. I've been travelling so listening to a lot on BBCi. I caught the Jarvis Cocker thing on Radio 3's Night Waves, which was actually broadcast a few weeks ago. And I like Late Junction's eclectic music.

Mark Eley is half of design duo Eley Kishimoto (with his wife, Wakako Kishimoto) who are showing at London Fashion Week today.

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