For the record: 15/06/2009
Monday 15 June 2009
"I'm beavering away feverishly on my report; that's my only preoccupation" Lord Carter prepares to step down as Communications Minister after issuing his 'Digital Britain' report tomorrow.
Dave Spikey, the co-creator of Channel 4's Phoenix Nights, has produced a book featuring his favourite local newspaper headlines, He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart. The Lancashire Evening Post contributes "Llama Drama Ding Dong", and there's a report on the defensive frailties of Bolton's ice hockey team, headlined "Sloppy Beavers Let In Eight". My favourite is "Fun With Ferrets At The YMCA", courtesy of the Halifax Courier. You can see where Spikey and Peter Kay get their material – who says the local press doesn't have a role? Talking of Phoenix Nights, Toby Foster, the actor who played Les in the cult comedy, has electrified the web by demolishing the new English Democrat mayor of Doncaster in an interview on his BBC Radio Sheffield show.
There's a hunger within Vogue House to identify the minx who has begun writing up her sexual escapades in the new "Jezebel" column on GQ.com. But then, as there were 29 other young Condé Nast women who volunteered to bare all, it might not be so easy.
Alan Yentob, the BBC creative director, says he was behind the longest-running credits on TV: the 31-year-old message-in-a-bottle theme for Arena, featuring Brian Eno's "Another Green World". He hopes to make similar impact with a new animated format for his Imagine strand, inspired by Saul Steinberg, the illustrator of The New Yorker.
A stab in the dark
The cool London-based fashion magazine Wound, aims to revolutionise the business model for magazines by relaunching today as a £2.99 iPhone application (500 pages art directed for an iPhone screen), a £5 user-orientated digital download (300 pages, 30 minutes of video and 20 minutes of music) and a traditional £7 print edition.
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
Russell Brand opposes anti-Semitism after death threats: 'We must disavow all forms of prejudice that lead to exclusion and execution'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Microbial life found living on the exterior of the International Space Station, say reports
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
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