News Chris Hadfield has agreed to take on the role of cultural ambassador for Ireland

Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

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Death, passion and contradiction, by Bowie and Hirst

David Bowie interviews Damien Hirst. The meeting of two cultural icons, who can perplex and infuriate just as they can provoke and inspire, provides intriguing insights into the mind of Britain's most controversial contemporary artist, writes David Lister. Faced with a superstar as committed to multimedia experimentation as he is, Hirst eschews his routine cynicism to give a rare exposition of the philosophy of the installation artist.

I'd peep through my fingers and see something monstrous. The thing said it was me - 'pervert', 'fruit', 'child molester'

Last night I watched my friend Neil's film. It's called Boyfriends. It's about six men who spend a weekend in the country together and what happens to their relationships.

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Julian Schnabel is making a movie about the New York art scene. It stars Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper and David Bowie. Oh, and Julian's Mom and Dad too

I Was an Alien Sex God

Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41), 19 Hill St (0131-226 6522), 11.05pm; to 2 Sept (exc Mons)

Buck me, it's a corker

Buck me, it's a corker

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From Ms Cathy Raven

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David Bowie's latest new thing: The man who never fell to earth. See him, read him, feel his CD-Roms

A private room above a London restaurant: the monthly meeting of the editorial board of the art magazine Modern Painters is in session. Lord Gowrie, Jeremy Isaacs and assorted fine-art intellectuals are deep in discussion about trends in contemporary art.

In thing: Georgina von Etzdorf scarves

For vampires and neck fetishists a Georgina von Etzdorf scarf is the ultimate in luxury neck wear. Her fine crepe Volare tulip print scarf has been much sought after by the likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Isabella Rossellini and Miranda Richardson. Other creations include yards of brilliant fuchsia silk, dreamy silver and aquamarine devore velvets and classic silk squares. A new shop brimming with goodies has just opened on three floors in the Burlington Arcade. On the first, her magnificent scarves lie neatly and invitingly in small shallow drawers - waiting to be rumpled, wrapped and taken away.

Newsbrief: Golden oldie

A guitar linked with generations of rock stars has been sold for pounds 200,000 in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy centre in north London. The acoustic guitar, hand-built in 1987 and engraved with facsimile signatures of the Everly Brothers, has been owned by David Bowie, Paul McCartney and George Michael.
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