One of my great pleasures of traveling to the UK is spending Sunday morning with the newspapers. For example, a few hours of page-flipping this morning revealed the following:
*The country's biggest new star is Pudsey, a dog that won half a million quid last night on Britain's Got Talent for a dance routine set to the theme of Mission Impossible. Meanwhile, another contestant--the one who recited a version of "Humpty Dumpty"--has been revealed to have made a super hardcore porn film. The paper helpfully published a link to the video, too.
*A dwarf paparazzo has become famous for his ability to always get the up-skirt shot of celebrities. Meanwhile, a swinger couple have gone public with their dismay when they hired another man over the Internet for a threesome and a 3' 6" bloke showed up at the door. To cap it off, he looked just like London mayor, Boris Johnson. (To be clear, it wasn't Boris. But there's definitely a resemblance.)
*Two brothers have made a bet over who will finish atop the Premier League today. The winner gets to sleep with the other man's girlfriend. The women are fine with this, apparently.
*Still with footie, English fans headed to UEFA games in Ukraine this summer are being warned about roving gangs who allegedly kidnap people and then offer them for sale to wealthy customers who want to hunt humans for sport. A favourite method of dispatch is the chainsaw.
I am not making any of this up. I, however, cannot vouch for the authenticity of what the British Sunday papers publish.
This brings me to the music items:
*Lady Gaga offered a tweet from Tokyo that read "Yes, Tokyo! Tonight was the first BtwBall that I didn't puke during the show (yes it's that hard)."
*Katy Perry tweets this about 15 year-old Australian pop star, Cody Simpson: "*thinks*...Edible, but illegal." Can you imagine what would happen if a male singer tweeted that?
*Sad sack Pete Doherty is in the news again. It was revealed that more than a year after leaving his rented flat he hasn't been back to pick up his stuff. The landlord has gone public with his disgust and wants Pete to know that he's not getting his damage deposit back.
*And still with Pete, a painting created using his blood and the blood of Amy Winehouse sold for £35,000. He and Amy created the piece called "Ladylike" a couple of years ago. And in case you think that £35K is a lot of money for a painting made of bodily fluids, it was expected to sell for £80,000. The same auction saw someone buy one of Pete's jackets for £1,000. As the The Sun says "The buyer might want to check the pockets if they're planning on going through Customs anytime soon."
Don't you wish we North Americans could get this kind of news on our doorsteps every Sunday morning?