Diary: Bono and the art of creation

"Creating art that has never been done before is the reason I get out of bed in the morning," diminutive U2 frontman Paul "Bono" Hewson has informed The New York Times, before comparing his latest work with that of Rilke, William Blake, Wim Wenders and Roy Lichtenstein. The project in question? Spider-Man, the musical, which begins previews on Broadway next week after a postponement for extra rehearsals. The man Tony Blair thought would make a better Prime Minister than Gordon Brown – a singer, activist, hotelier, sometime newspaper editor and leading investor in "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States" – went on, "If the only wows you get from Spider-Man are visual, special-effect, spectacular-type wows, and not wows from the soul and the heart, we will all think that we've failed." Perhaps anticipating more critical "hmms" than "wows", Paul plans to be in Australia when the curtain rises on the first performance.

* The as-yet-incomplete "History Of Ed Vaizey In 100 Gaffes" acquired a new entry this week, when the bungle-prone GQ columnist and Culture Minister mistook the British Museum's 3,000-year-old Irish warrior bracelet (worth an estimated £95,000) for a Kinder Egg prize, and slipped it onto his sizeable wrist. Appalled staff informed him that the bracelet was so delicate it should only be handled with gloves. Vaizey displayed his glaring ignorance of Bronze Age culture while visiting the museum to announce a 15 per cent budget cut to the Portable Antiquities Service, which helps keep such treasures in the UK. His critics have one thing to thank him for, however: by roughly handling such a precious object, he provides opponents of the arts cuts with a perfect metaphor to include in some leftist verbatim play.

* So-called synergies between Richard "I've got so much money it's ridiculous" Desmond's Daily Express and his latest acquisition, Five, resulted in at least one scoop days after he took charge of terrestrial telly's neglected youngest child: Ian Wright, claimed the paper, "stormed out" of Live From Studio Five after being told his contract wouldn't be renewed. Yesterday, however, a modest retraction: "We accept that Mr Wright did not 'storm out'," says the Express. "He was asked not to attend the television studio." Sacked and slandered, then. Tough week. Desmond reportedly asked the show's remaining presenters, Jayne Middlemiss and Kate Walsh, to wear short skirts in future. Wright, no fashion slouch, is more fond of trilby hats and garish pinstripe. Might his refusal to wear a skirt have been the real reason for his abrupt departure?

* For an institution founded to prevent its spread, the European Parliament is remarkably rife with accusations of fascism. Yesterday it was reliably barmy UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom who barked "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer!" during a speech by Martin Schulz of Germany's Social Democrats. Bloom was ordered from the chamber, much to the chagrin of the Dutch Freedom Party, whose own Daniël van der Stoep was once called a fascist by Schulz, who escaped censure. Meanwhile, Bloom's most vocal supporter in the chamber during the resulting ruckus was none other than beleaguered BNP leader Nick Griffin, no stranger to allegations of fascistic sympathies himself. Sounds like a riot, Strasbourg. (It's not.)

* Miliband (E) isn't the only Red hunting for a new press chief, I see. The Glazers, owners of Man Utd, are also losing their PR man. Might I recommend the services of Clapham-based Brighter PR, who are getting used to tough gigs? The firm is responsible for convincing vacationers to visit South Korea, potential venue for World War Three, and to fly with Qatar Airways, inadvertent carrier of the "toner-cartridge" bomb.

* Turning disaster to free publicity is second nature to Richard Branson, who insists he'll honour a pledge to dress as an air hostess and serve on an Air Asia flight. Branson lost a bet with Air Asia boss and Lotus Racing owner Tony Fernandes as to whose team would do better in the F1 championship. "I'll do it in about three months' time," Branson told me, though he won't be undercover. "I don't think a bearded man of 60 could get away with it. Do you?"

highstreetken@independent.co.uk

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR and Payroll Manager

£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This dynamic outsourced contact...

Recruitment Genius: Production & Quality Control Assistant

£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity for a ...

Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor - Kettering - £32,000

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor with an established...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Generalist

£40 - 50k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a HR Manager / HR Genera...

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing