People in the UK are starting to take an awful lot more interest in where their goods come from, demanding that we know as much as possible about the provenance of our food, and making our choices accordingly. Most now know that eating free-range eggs and chicken at least shows you care that animals aren't tortured so we can eat.
Chris Moyles, the once-self proclaimed Saviour of Radio 1, has had an interesting few weeks. When his radio comeback was announced in September, the announcement was almost overshadowed by two tiny words featured in the Radio X's playlist - "male focussed"...
Here's another crap misconception. That it's egotistical to love yourself. I was accused of loving myself at school, far from the sad truth that I had a lot of healing to do before I was to understand what it meant to love myself. Now I realise it's something that people say to others when they are threatened by someone's confidence as it reminds them of what little acceptance they have for themselves... I see beauty all around me, in people, places, objects and actions. That's love and it's a very powerful thing!
Fink are going on tour again soon, and the 30 or so people who make up Team Fink are in a flurry of activity. Preparing for a trip like this - almost 40 days on the road, 16 countries and some whopping great venues (Berlin's Tempodrom, London's Forum, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw) - is no joke.
I'll admit I'm a little bit obsessed with Prince, he's an enigma. The man is clearly a music legend, he's sold millions of records and has an army of adoring fans across the world. I play a lot of his records on my Absolute Radio show, and when I do I always sit back and imagine what it must be like to be Prince in real life.
Yesterday Shell announced it was quitting its Arctic drilling programme. Let me just repeat that in case you, like me, couldn't quite fathom this wonderful piece of news: Shell is quitting its hunt for dirty oil in the Arctic. The thing is about these oil companies is they try and make us believe they rule the world, that their tomorrow is the only tomorrow. But today shows that the future can be rewritten. Shell execs might not publicly admit that our movement stopped them - but reading between the lines we can all see public outrage on Arctic drilling was a huge concern for them.
As usual there is no messing around with Chloe, as she gives some pointers to the girls on how to deal with this injustice, as well as a few choice ideas to the men on how to behave in the gym and especially the weights room!
I find maps intoxicating. My house is full of dusty sheet maps, sailing almanacs (and I don't even sail), atlases, tourist maps and diagrams that have been sketched on napkins and I dare not discard. Maps are to me the constant, bewitching possibility of exploration. They are the places I have never been, the wild spaces I have never seen, the intoxicating promise of adventures untold.
In June, 1994 I was among 10 writers who set out to write the series, Friends, created by David Crane and Marta Kaufman. If you had described to me at that moment how big Friends would actually become, how it would go on to be one of the most popular sitcoms of all time...
Now 20 million people in Britain have a tattoo, it feels about as free spirited as having a Tesco's club card. Back in my twenties, getting 'inked' was the kind of thing that still shocked your parents.
Ireland. Land of the Leprechauns, the best Guinness, the friendliest people, Molly Malone, cockles and mussels and U2 to name but a few. And nowadays, home to spa hotels to rival the world's best. Being Irish I am sure you'll think I'm being biased. But if you don't agree, then we will have to roll up our sleeves and scuffle it out like the fighting Irish!
Ofcom could define what true "diversity" in television actually means - as opposed to leaving it up to the best intentions of each broadcaster to come up with their own definition. These definitions or rules don't have to be slapped down on each channel from on high. They can be measures that are drawn up with the broadcasters. The objective here is to reflect our incredibly rich national identity back to us so that we have a deeper understanding of our past and our present. I believe it will help our society form a more cohesive present and future.
The last night they burned the 80 foot wooden Man. It began with a firework display that kicked the ass of anything I've ever seen or heard about. The sky was filled with lattices of electric sparks that went on for hours and then the effigy of the Man exploded to the crowd's howling while fire dancers went primitive.
Getting in and out of my little house has become an utter nightmare in the past few days - because it is covered, almost literally, with the most disgusting, enormous, rampaging crane flies, daddy-long-legs and spiders.
This week world leaders gathering in New York will make decisions that affect the future of billions. These are decisions that could end some of the most prominent issues of our time. Like ending extreme poverty. Fighting inequality and injustice. Fixing climate change. In all countries. For all people. We have a huge opportunity and we must take it.
Hanson is aware that rejection and failure are a part of the acting process, and happily he hasn't been knocked off his stride since Stephen Ward. He has just finished at the Park Theatre in North London, where he played alongside his son Tom (his daughter Molly is also an actor) in 'The Gathered Leaves'...