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Boy George

Cultural Life: Boy George, singer

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!

Agenda: Fashion: Clarks; Elizabeth Olsen; Portlandia; Mixed Grill;

Forget socks and sandals: Clarks has long since given fustiness a good kicking thanks to the retro chic of its Originals line. Its spring/summer 2011 collection is especially inviting, with limited-edition versions of designs including funky variations on its desert boot (below) and Laura Ashley providing pastels, prints and whimsy. Modishly, the line will be housed from tomorrow until 20 February in its own pop-up shop in the Clarks Piccadilly branch, which will also host a roster of up-and-coming bands and DJs.

My Secret Life: Matthew Horne, Actor & comedian, 31

My parents were ... kind, caring, and not too nosy. My mother, Glenis, was a nursery nurse, and ended up working as a special-needs' class assistant. My father, Brian, was the manager of a lace factory in Nottingham.

Calmer chameleon: Boy George on doing drugs, doing time and stomping

A year after his release from prison, Boy George is enjoying a renaissance. Two years clean, playing to packed-out audiences, with a new single out, and a biographical BBC film on the way, he is finally ready to admit he has grown up. Just don't ask if he's sorry for anything...

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Pandora: Pay up, or the gong gets it

Sweaty and sleepless nights for ITV Meridian's head of current affairs, Steve McDonnell, whose Royal Television Society award for The Good Food Chain was stolen during last week's ceremony at the Novotel Southampton (he insists he wasn't at the grog).

Boy George faces 15 years in US jail

Friends said the former frontman of Culture Club, who was convicted of heroin possession in 1986, was protesting his innocence as he prepared to return to the UK last night. But he will have to return to New York in December to answer the charges.