I won the Champion of Champions final of the last ever ITV1 show and I've got to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me. It's the greatest of privileges for me and I simply could not have done it without your votes. This week's blog is going to read like a rather emotional Oscar's acceptance speech and apologies for that in advance but it has to be said.
These are the bands that will walk away with new record deals and media coverage that can propel them to the larger stage. More than any other festival in the world, South By Southwest provides bands this opportunity by allowing over 1000 bands to occupy Austin, Texas and present themselves to curious audiences.
Personality tests are enjoying an online resurgence. Previously a staple of tabloids, they fell out of favour as sceptics began to doubt the veracity of the 'If You Answered Mostly B...' scoring system... We're embracing these quizzes like someone who's filled in a 'Which Online Meme is For You?' questionnaire and got the answer 'Personality Tests'.
Wes' development is less a question of reinvention than maturing into his own prodigious grammar. His last two films in particular, Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, were retro, anarchic delights that coalesced boundless visual ambition with a miniaturist melancholy. But The Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest, trumps everything he's done so far.
For these undiscovered artists, The Other Art Fair is a unique platform from which they can independently showcase their work: to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors.
Picture it. The kitchen radio, a glistening hunk of bakelite, its alignment of valves producing a sound that commanded attention. You're a kid busy hanging onto your mother's skirt as she cooks the evening meal. It's a moment of inspiration.
As an institution, the BBC is not very popular. Over the last decade it has been involved in so many scandals that it's difficult to know where to start. The announcement that the government is looking to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee is not such a big surprise. The government have been talking about it for so long, and it would be such a popular move, that it's very likely to go through.
What was it like when you got your first period? Cramps? Stained trousers? Sudden panic that someone might KNOW? Now imagine what that would have been like if your school were in a developing country, without a proper toilet or sink to wash your hands in. For millions of girls and young women, this is reality.
As the battle commenced last week it was a nervy, but successful, round for Team Midas. All four acts, including 'steal' act Christina Marie, progressed to the knock outs.
Silent Grace is an award-winning 2004 film, directed by filmmaker Maeve Murphy. It documents a disturbing chapter of Northern Ireland's nonviolent dirty protests and hunger strikes by republican female prisoners in 1980 that were never made public.
International Women's Day 2014 saw, for the fourth year, the Southbank Centre organise their spectacular and diverse WOW - Women of the World festival. And on show was the good, the bad and the ugly side of feminism today.
The now Oscar-winning Spike Jonze movie 'Her' explores how our relationship with technology may change as it becomes more sophisticated
Love show tunes? Wondering what to do for Mothering Sunday? Fancy a trip over to Manchester (UK) - then bring along your mum or the 'mother figure' in your life for an afternoon of musical theatre classics at 'Spring Into Harmony' at Salford's Lowry Theatre.
As well as the tightly packed crowds, what greets you on first entering has nothing much to recommend it. A few gold and silver trinkets, delicate and beautiful in their own way, but impossible to appreciate when you're craning over the heads of a dozen people in front of you.
The 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlist is, as Denise Mina promised, brilliant. And in one sense - the range of subject-matter and tone among the titles - it is also broad.
I loved watching the Oscars highlights on Monday morning (when you have children staying up until the early hours of the morning to catch it on E! just isn't an option!) and it was wonderful to see Hollywood embracing pregnancy.
I thought that 'Short Term 12' would be twee and sugary. It's not. It's an impressive, heartwarming indie gem. Emotional, warm and tender. You'll shed a tear. Quite an extraordinary film.
This week's 'On the Streets' focuses on the subtle humour and finer elegance of street art. The pieces that caught our attention, located mostly in NYC and London, are all conceptually fresh, original and have something of a Duchampian aura.