The problem with Emin's statements is that they propagate damaging myths: about what it is to be an artist, a mother, a woman. And as Virginia Woolf tells us, it far harder to kill a phantom than a reality. It's like looking for nits, or searching for proof for jealousy: resolution can only be reached by discovering what we don't want to be true and in the absence of that we are condemned to continue the search.
Imagine a world where a young fan of a new band has the choice between buying a t-shirt, or a download, or a vinyl... or a share in a new band that could generate a return on investment and possibly a significant one...
The Chelsea bunch are now all back in London and with the return of series 8 comes the return of our very own heartthrob, Andy Jordan. He makes it clear to, well, everyone that he is "gutted" that Louise has found herself a new beau.
This is a breathless and excitable staging of Rossini's classic, and well worth a visit.
It's been well documented that one of my best friends, Ross Hutchins, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma a few years ago. Ross and I had grown up together on the tennis circuit, and his diagnosis was devastating. He was treated with chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital and a year after his diagnosis, his cancer went into remission. He's now fit and well to this day - a testimony to the crucial advances we've made in cancer treatment thanks to ground-breaking research into the illness. But not everyone is so lucky. At the beginning Elena Baltacha, the former British number one, was diagnosed with cancer of the liver. She died in May, at the age of 30.
I had the distinct privilege of being asked to be a best man recently and was absolutely touched that Justin thought of me in such high regard so I was determined to repay his faith by at least getting my first and arguably the most important job right, arranging the stag. How hard could it be to round up our closest buddies, decide where to go and how to do it and send JJ off in style?
Drawing on musical influences from all genres, hip-hop to soul to punk, it's this fusion, energy and drive that makes watching Sanchez vs. Fighter Pilot live such a joy. It's undeniable that these guys are talented musicians, but for Markie when writing the songs, it's always about how it feels over technical ability.
The first live show of Number 1's (and some number 2's) is gone, dead, done and dusted, this week 'I heard a rumour' it's an 80's theme, so who you gonna call....to vote for? Last week we lost Overload Generation and Blonde Electra as sixteen became fourteen...
But crowdfunding is fairly standard now, and people are getting the hang of it. Many books, films, music albums and so on have been very successfully made this way. It's a long road, but it's A ROAD, and I am on it, and moving forwards.
The new Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London is an incredibly dynamic, evocative display that brings to life the man and his city. A stunning and diverse range of rarities have been brought together for this show on the world's most popular fictional detective.
I caught up with the lovely Peter Andre at the launch of his new perfume Scarlet. Peter revealed the metrosexual in him and discussed his views about modern beauty in a refreshingly candid interview.
I am proud to present the first UK exhibition of the photography of Mikhail Baryshnikov, world famous dancer, choreographer, actor and accomplished photographer. 'Dancing Away' is a visual representation of Baryshnikov's very personal interpretation of dance and performance; an expert dancer's reflection upon his own metier.
Sometimes I find it hard to conceive that records about going to a club, getting drunk and doing drugs are more celebrated, and obviously sell more, than tracks trying to tackle serious issues in the world.
The So So Glos are a band that inspires a wealth of music writing clichés. They're a 'band of the people', they are 'DIY heroes', they 'mean it, man'. The thing about these four guys from Brooklyn is they genuinely are all those things.
We start with the most delicious and light fettuccine you can imagine, from Jamie Oliver. It is full of traditional garden veggies, which give it an incredible freshness, whilst the smoked trout gives it a wicked twist. Make sure you serve this STRAIGHT away with a generous serving of parmesan for the ultimate dish.
Alice Rohrwacher's mood piece about a close-knit family of honey producers in the Italian countryside is a beguiling gem. 12-year-old Gelsomina is the eldest of four girls and essentially runs the farm on which they live.
The four women who comprise Warpaint certainly work hard. After 10 years as an entity, this Los Angeles-based collective certainly seems to have a telepathic connection on stage.
Jon Stewart is one of the most revered television personalities in America and judging by the reception he received at the Debate Gala of his new film, Rosewater, he's held in equally as high regard this side of the Atlantic.