The media is on fire with questions about whether Nicki Minaj went "too far" with the artwork for her next single, Anaconda... Amazingly, what nobody is discussing is the wider issues of the historical roots, cultural resonance and contemporary implications of a mass circulated image that arguably reduces black women to just "big butts" and little more.
As 'Drax the Destroyer' in Marvel's new epic picture Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista plays an integral part of the team that does battle to save the universe... Batista, In the UK to promote the film, sat down with the Royal Ramblings team to answer some of our questions about the film and wrestling.
31) Spitfires with fireworks coming off their wings that loop in the sky to form a GIANT HEART from their trails as the light fades from the sky: actual best thing ever. 32) A tiny flying-machine thing sprinkling blue lights over your head like something out of WALL-E, blimey, I mean, look at that.
Live music makes me emotional, it always has done, but with a band like 'No Devotion' it's hard not to get emotional. For those of you that don't know the back story, here is a very, very brief write up, the band is comprised of the remaining 5 ex members of Lostprophets and Geoff Rickly, formerly of Thursday.
Now how on earth am I going to juggle my work, the mountain of life coaching coursework AND entertain the children for the next six weeks?! As I pondered the enormity of the situation it struck me that I knew exactly how to cope.
Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige claims that Guardians if the Galaxy, based on a little-known comic book is the biggest gamble he's taken with a film since Iron Man. He's right. Fortunately like the studios first film, it gets it just right.
Despite the fact I made my short but sweet return to the house on Tuesday to effectively stir things up within an eventful 60 seconds, this week proved to be a little more interesting than previous since my departure.
This is the week that the Annie Get Your Gun girls have been anticipating/dreading for the past couple of months. Ever since the delightful Lorna Want asked during rehearsals if anyone would join her for the Race For Life, we've been sweating our backsides off in training during our spare time in preparation for today's 10k race around Hyde Park for Cancer Research UK.
My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?
This week's roundup of notable walls reveals a balanced overview of visual representations of some divine and human aspects on a rather large scale.
This is the second in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have captured my ears in 2014. Every summer hails the emergence of a new breed of young, up and coming bands heading out on festival season opening up muddy fields and tents across the country ready to make their name known to the world. Here are 3 of the best new bands destined to make big waves through the end of 2014.
For acts like the Velvet Underground it can mean it takes years to build up the reputation their music deserves, or for other acts in can mean total obscurity for their entire career. For the composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, it thankfully hasn't come to that.
The 2014 Edinburgh Festival is imminent. I am excited. My latest play, Fragile is being staged on the fringe. It is an autobiographical narrative about how I was sexually abused when I was eleven years old. It is not a comedy.
In this first ever retrospective of Kazimir Malevich's work for almost 25 years, the Tate Modern has brought together a stunning collection of his work that offers not just an expansive view of this influential Russian artist's career - but also puts into context how radical and revolutionary Malevich was.
Perhaps that is why writers, in whatever form or style or language, feel so compelled to continue writing about war - because, for the most part, the lessons these stories have to teach us aren't being learnt; the implications of the lies they expose aren't being absorbed.
A few years ago a friend of Nolan, a guy he has known since he was 18, gave him the heads up concerning his burgeoning cult status in the UK: "He said 'Nolan, they're playing some of your tunes at these things called all-nighters. You've got to check this out.'"