Monthly Archives: January 2008

Someone’s asleep at the BBC…

Yes, okay, so I am very sad for having noticed this…but what can you expect?!? I’ve just spend several hours at my computer, blogging!

In their report of Live Earth being honoured for its green credentials, BBC News seem to think that Dave Grohl performed at Live Aid. Which was held in 1985. Which would have made him 16 at the time. Having said that, his biog does claim he was in bands at the time. But I certainly don’t remember either Freak Baby or Bain Dramage being on Live Aid’s epic bill…

BBC News

Dave Grohl

The Celebrity Apprentice

The Celebrity Apprentice

 Tonight in the U.S. sees the start of The Celebrity Apprentice. Well, what with the writers’ strike, they’ve got to fill the airtime somehow, eh?

14 “celebrities” (that word’s gotta be in quotes, it’s a reality TV show after all) will take part in usual Apprentice style tasks, not to win a job with Donald Trump, but to raise $250,000 for their chosen charity. Collectively, the group seek to raise over $1 million for various charities. Still, I think maybe one or two would appreciate a job at the end of it as well.

So, who are the 14? Well, most aren’t know to a UK reader. There is, however, a Baldwin brother (you know, one of the “other” Baldwins), Romanian super-child-athlete Nadia Comaneci, Gene Simmons out of Kiss, Lennox Lewis and Piers Morgan. Yes, you read that right, Piers Morgan. How is this man becoming a global superstar?? He’s most famous in the U.S. for being a judge on America’s Got Talent – how’d he get that job in the first place? Still, the official Celebrity Apprentice website has an interesting write-up on him:

Morgan studied journalism at Harlow College, beginning his career in local south London newspapers. He was then spotted by Kelvin MacKenzie of The Sun and given his own showbiz column, Bizarre.

He lives in London and East Sussex and is a devoted Arsenal fan.

So apparently his nine-years spent editing one of Britain’s most popular newspapers, The Daily Mirror, doesn’t warrant a mention? Well, I supposed he was sacked from that job – for authorising the publication of faked photos of British soldiers absuing Iraqi prisoners. Someone’s trying to gloss over this, clearly…

Lily Allen Evolves

The Daily Mail has got knickers in a twist by noticing that Lily Allen has changed from a boozy, fag-smoking chav in the summer of 2006 to a sleek, stylish young lady in November 2007. (As evidenced on the cover of the new of Marie Claire.) God, that’s so unfair. Changing your image in the space of 17 months? Celeb life is so unlike ours.

Lily Allen 2006    Lily Allen Marie Claire Feb 2008
Before: Booze hag                  After: Posh mag

I do have one thing to say about the Marie Claire cover though….


Ha, not really.


Live Earth Up for Green Award

Live Earth

 News reaches us that Live Earth, last year’s epic music event held in eight different cities across seven continents, is to be honoured with an environmental award at the Midem event in Cannes, which is apparently the “world’s music market”. (What’s that?) Along with the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and the Paleo Festival Nyon of Switzerland, the Live Earth concerts are to be honoured with a “Greenie”. Not really. But that’s totally what the awards should be called.

Live Earth may have raised environmental concerns, but I’m pretty sure it caused more harm that good. I mean, flying all those musicians and celebs over from wherever they live? Getting Razorlight to sing at lunchtime because they had to jet off to Scotland to perform at a festival there? As a dramatic point, switching off all the lights at Wembley Stadium for a few minutes and then turning them all back on again? Could we not have just had a Live Earth “day” where everyone did their utmost to recycle, not use electricity etc? (Before, of course, ahem, continuing in this vein forever….) Still, it was nice weather and the Foo Fighters rocked.

Big Brother, Big Mistake – Even the host thinks so

Big Brother Celebrity Hijack 

This year’s version of Celebrity Big Brother, now known as Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, begins tonight. Following on from last year’s highly controversial series in which contest Shilpa Shetty was racially bullied, Channel 4 have decided to reformat the programme. The month-long show will now feature twelve bright 18-21 year olds, who each excel in a particular field. Meanwhile, the role of “Big Brother” will be played by various celebrities, who will set tasks and create house rules. Celebrity Big Brothers include Little Britain star Matt Lucas (who kicks proceedings off today), Ian Wright and Joan Rivers.

Have I put you to sleep yet? Doesn’t this sound deadly dull? I mean, the “normal” Big Brother that happens during the summer isn’t exactly riveting telly, but this sounds like an absolute snooze.

Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack host Dermot O’Leary even thinks so…sort of. Dermot told Radio 1’s Newsbeat that it was a “mistake” to change the show’s format, and that he thought the old version was still “a good show “. I agree. To avoid anything like last year events, they’d just have to avoid including incredibly ignorant contestants who think that making racist comments is actually just a bit of a laugh and not upsetting or worrying.

Top Pop Star to Marry!

Gareth Gates

Well, it’s all going off this year. As if celeb women aren’t getting up the duff – ahem – creating the beauty that is life with their long-terms partners/people they’ve just met, everyone else is getting hitched. As evidenced by news today that a top pop star is to get married. Alright, a pop star is to marry. Oh, okay, a person who has sung pop songs at some point in his life is heading up the aisle.

Yep, that’s right, Gareth Gates is going to marry his long-term girlfriend! Sorry ladies, that love god is taken. Gareth, 23, is to marry his long-term girlfriend Suzanne Mole, 32. The couple have been dating for five years and got engaged on New Year’s Eve.

This does lead to the question – how does an item such as this get into the press/media outlets?? Does he release a statement? Does he call up a tabloid and announce he proposed to his girlfriend a few days ago? Congratulations to him, but do the majority of people in this country really care??