This weekend the hallowed fields of Donington Park will welcome 120,000 metal heads to bang their heads, throw their horns and lose their minds to a who's who of metal, rock and alternative music.
In my early 30s, my acting work suddenly dried up, and it was a shock to the system. I was considered too old to be the romantic lead and too young to be the matriarch. That's what often happens to women in television, although thankfully we can see a gradual shift away from that now.
The public has grown sick at heart. It has grown bored, and in growing bored, has itself become boring, today incapable of expressing any idealism owing to its new-found impotency, borne of the satiation of its sensual needs.
I've been on the road. No surprise there you might think. This time it was slightly different. I was one of about a dozen in a mini-bus jooking around Scotland seeking out roads less travelled and villages and towns I've never previously visited.
If you continually cater towards the worst case scenario all sense of individuality and creativity is lost. In the arts community a defensive attitude is what leads to dull records, drab theatre and films that are so formulaic thought is not necessary. The fear factor spills over into all avenues of life. I want to remain optimistic. I want to be allowed to act with some suitable risk and courage and I want responsibility for my life...
I'm older and wiser and I know what I want now, so I'm sticking it out. I'm giving it a go. London, know that I love you and if Ukip become a genuine threat to us I would jump on a plane in a second to protest, but I just wanted to update you on what I'm up to right now, starting from scratch and living in Los Angeles.
London is staking its claim as the home of the UK music festival scene. The capital continues to attract the biggest names to play huge shows on star studded bills throughout the summer. From indoor arenas, to the cities many parks, London will be alive with the sound of music and after a day of partying it's only a tube ride back to a warm shower and a comfy bed.
The Queen of Samba... A survivor. Now in her seventies, she was born and raised in the Favelas, and has had a turbulent life. She is notorious in Brazil not only for her music but for her long affair with Mané Garrincha, the legendary Brazil player. Their son was tragically killed in a car accident...
We started recording our debut album at the start of 2014, we are recording it with Thomas McNeice in Glasgow and we're over half way through it, it sounds just as I imagined it would.
So Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glasgow 2014, is almost upon us. Nearly two years in the planning and everything is very well poised.
They're here for The Rifles (pictured above), an English band that has planted its flag in the business after eight years of hard graft. Currently midway through a UK and European tour, all four men understand the importance of the live circuit.
At this year's Brit Awards, Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, used his acceptance speech for Best Album of the Year to announce that "rock n roll will never die." He then threw the mic he was using down on the floor and mumbled "invoice me for the mic if you wanna."
For me, hearing Get Lucky was like listening to Chic the first time. I bought their first single on US import in the UK in 1977 on money borrowed from my Dad as I was only 15! I've got to give a massive big up Daft Punk for mentioning me in their groundbreaking Teachers track. That is an honour - now all I want is their mansion, haha!
When I wrote about my friend Pamela Polland last year, in a desperate search for her lost 1973 master tapes, I entertained little hope that we would find them. After all, Sony, the tapes' actual owners, had searched in 2006 without success.
There are a few unavoidable complications to being blind. Aside from the agony of wardrobe choice and having to learn how to negotiate high heels in the equivalent of a blackout there is the identity of certain common or garden things that stubbornly remain a mystery to me...
Russian officials have banned a parade of bearded men and women due to take place on 27 May in Moscow because 'beards are immoral'.