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KATY PERRY LIKES LONDON BOYS….WELL, MOST OF THEM

KATY PERRY LIKES LONDON BOYS….WELL, MOST OF THEM

“I like London boys,” Katy Perry tells me with a wink. Then she adds: “Except one.”    The I Kissed A Girl singer is now over the breakup of her short-lived marriage to British bad boy Russell Brand and is back to her bubbly, party-loving self.     But it took transcenden...

HOLLYWOOD REWRITES HISTORY WITH VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES

HOLLYWOOD REWRITES HISTORY WITH VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES

Ben Walker as Abraham Lincoln It seems that a lot of what we learned in history class wasn’t the full story. Who knew, for instance that Abraham Lincoln conducted a secret campaign against the blood sucking undead? At least, that’s the premise of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a movie ...

WOMEN? WHEN IT COMES TO CHAT, SHERLOCK HOLMES HASN’T A CLUE

WOMEN? WHEN IT COMES TO CHAT, SHERLOCK HOLMES HASN’T A CLUE

   As Sherlock Homes, Benedict Cumberbatch is a wizard at deduction. But when it comes to chatting up girls, TV’s super sleuth admits that he hasn’t a clue.     “I’ve always found it difficult chatting girls up,” he tells me when we meet in a West Hollywood office.  “I’m not conf...

THE BAND PLAYS ON…AND SO DO ENGLAND

THE BAND PLAYS ON…AND SO DO ENGLAND

   It could be coincidence but the noisy England band, which was barred from the England-France European Championship game, was allowed back into the stadium for England-Sweden—-and played England to victory in a five goal thriller.      After driving 2,800 miles to Donetsk for MondayR...

OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY TO FEATURE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE

OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY TO FEATURE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE

 The Olympic Stadium will be transformed into the “British countryside” for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games on 27 July, director Danny Boyle has revealed. A cast of 10,000 volunteers will help recreate country scenes, against a backdrop featuring farmyard animals and landm...

ENGLAND OFF TO A GOOD START

ENGLAND OFF TO A GOOD START

England supporters soak up the atmosphere– and the beer— in Donetsk where England got off to a creditable start in the European Championships with a 1-1 draw against highly-fancied France.    As skipper Steven Gerrard said afterwards: “We caused them as many problems as they caus...

A FROTHY TIME AT BARRELHOUSE 101

A FROTHY TIME AT BARRELHOUSE 101

Heard about a new pub just opened in Ventura and as I was spending the weekend down the road in Oxnard and I’m always on the lookout for a new pub I thought I’d give it a try.  At first look the aptly-named Barrelhouse 101 seems like a beer drinker’s paradise. Boasting 101differen...

DULL AND BORING PAIR UP

DULL AND BORING PAIR UP

Never before has such a frenzy of interest surrounded Dull and Boring. Boring, a town of 15,000 in Oregon, has voted in favour of “pairing” with Dull, a small Scottish village in Perthshire. In a version of events suggestive of a whimsical British feature film, the arrangement had been s...

CONTROVERSIAL START TO EURO 2012: RACIAL CHANTS AND TONGUE TWISTERS AS A FRENCHMAN HELPS POLAND TO A DRAW

CONTROVERSIAL START TO EURO 2012: RACIAL CHANTS AND TONGUE TWISTERS AS A FRENCHMAN HELPS POLAND TO A DRAW

Poland and Greece got Euro 2012 got underway on Friday to a controversial start amid occasional racial chants, some poor refereeing, two sendings-off and questions over how French-born Ludovic Obraniak, who plays for Bordeaux and doesn’t speak Polish, can be one of the stars of the Poland team...

REUNION AT THE CASTLE

REUNION AT THE CASTLE

What’s a trip to Edinburgh without a visit to the castle, particularly if it’s closed to the public for a private banquet? It was there I caught up with an old friend and journalist Peter Steele who has a flat adjoining the castle, overlooking the whole city.     In our pre-Fleet Stre...

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