Remember when I included James Arthur in 'The Big Three' a couple of weeks ago and everyone asked me why? CHECK THE CHARTS NOW, FOLKS. Check. The charts. Who fancies some new music..?
The Nordic countries are synonymous with crime fiction -- the bleak and murderous landscapes of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. But the Nordic countries offer a wealth of literary riches in a broad range of genres. For me, some of the most exciting writing from the North is found outside of the detective's territory.
There are not many times in life you get to see your heroes. And even fewer who leave you with a better impression than the one you had. But the understated Gilmour is one of the greats. The encore of Time and Comfortably Numb will never be forgotten.
Spending only five months of the year with the person who you're supposed to share everything with, the person you look up to and the only person who can cheer you up after a bad day is not easy.
So the first question we all had, was what the week actually is. Botanical means that the bakes have to contain something that grows. So... most bakes. Or, they can be something with floral decorations. So... any bake. Woah. Really putting the pressure on this high caliber of bakers. You'd think hash brownies or a magic mushroom loaf would make an appearance - but not a sniff.
I first visited Colombia 10 years ago, when covering the demobilisation of right-wing paramilitary groups that had emerged some two decades earlier to fight Marxist guerrilla soldiers. Since then, I have remained very attached to Colombia and its fate. This month, and a decade on from my first visit, the Colombian government has signed a historic peace agreement with leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, otherwise known as FARC. This accord brings Colombia closer to peace than ever before. Like everyone, who knows and loves Colombia, I wish both parties every success as they try to convert the deal from a piece of paper signed by old commanders tired of war, to a meaningful peace on the ground. But I hold my breath.
Who says brandy and gin are not essentials? Law enforcer Jim Vercoe, that's who. He's obviously never played the Poldark drinking game. Because - hurrah! - finally someone has said it. My favourite line has been uttered.
Although the director, Andy Tennant, didn't nail a consistent tone throughout the film, the main problem was the writing. Like they always say in Hollywood - nothing can overcome a poorly written script, no matter how great the acting.
I am an actress and the truest things I know are a stage, faux fur, black literature and cotton knickers. It really isn't a lie when I say I wasn't trying to be an author. It happened by the virtue of a forgetful mind ,a spilt cup of tea, some magic and five pieces of paper. With this haphazard spell, I broke the internet on a Wednesday afternoon. Literally.
Throughout his prolific career, Pablo Picasso made literally thousands of drawings. Some were sketches of ideas that would later evolve into paintings, others were complete in themselves and then there were those dedications - scribbles really - that were handed out to lucky recipients.
Conflict and displacement also carry with them the less visible scars of grief and trauma - feelings difficult to manage in adults, and even harder to manage in children. While it's unimaginable to ignore the effects of the war, can there really be reasons for optimism and hope? A group of Syrian artists believe so.
Last year on a trip to America I made sure to swing by 1329 Carroll avenue - or for those not in the know, the house from TV show Charmed. I started watching the show at a mere eight years old and accounting for the eight seasons of the show plus all the reruns on Netflix it was an awful lot of time to invest in a television show.
Now, I have to be honest, I don't think I ever would have imagined that I'd be recommending an art show comprised entirely of video installations but, I'm telling you, The Infinite Mix is an exhilarating show. I've read others describe it as the 'show of the year.'
Three in ten people say they intend to watch at least some of this series and singer Will Young is the contestant most people want to win (with 18% of the public with an opinion backing him). The next most popular are TV judge Robert Rinder and former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp (both on 13%).