The Marilyn Manson who emerges from the cuttings I read is a confusing, hard-to-pin-down figure. On the one hand he’s an American icon, a heavy metal rock’n’roll star who’s sold more than 50m albums. On the other he’s a middle-aged man who still hasn’t got over his goth stage. He’s an interesting and intelligent commentator on America’s twin obsessions of violence and celebrity (he was born Brian Warner; his name is a blend of Marilyn Monroe and the serial killer Charles Manson). And yet he’s also prone to writing the kind of songs you might expect from a narcissistic teenager with antisocial behaviour issues. But then I suspect the point about Marilyn Manson is that you’re not meant to understand him. His core audience has always been disaffected adolescents: the lonely, the misunderstood, the alienated. If Morrissey had been American and had taken up satanism and lipstick and best friendship with Hunter S Thompson and Johnny … [Read more...] about Marilyn Manson: ‘I created a fake world because I didn’t like the one I was living in’
Exhibition of the week Sunken CitiesEgypt is the most darkly alluring of ancient cultures. Underwater archaeology is one of the most adventurous ways to study the past. Put them both together and the British Museum hopes for a summer smash hit with this survey of two lost cities whose treasures have been recovered from the depths.• British Museum, London, 19 May-27 November. Also showing Francis BaconThis new exhibition focuses on the existentialist painter’s claustrophobic fictional architecture. • Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 18 May-18 September. Martine SymsA video poem in 180 parts and still growing is at the heart of this Los Angeles artist’s meditations on representation and reality.• ICA, London, 20 April-19 June. Maria LassnigBody-conscious paintings by this influential Austrian artist.• Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 18 May-18 September. Ori GershtLyrical images with a disconcerting historical burden make Gersht a subtle and thought-provoking … [Read more...] about Vagina kayaks, sunken cities and a cheeky Turner list – the week in art
The struggle to catch the Putney Bridge jogger is emblematic of a crisis in falling police numbers that has left criminals thinking “the streets are theirs”, it has been claimed. In comments strongly endorsed by the Police Federation, Peter Kirkham, a former detective chief inspector said police budget cuts overseen by Theresa May when Home Secretary have “destroyed the service”. There were now so few detectives left, he said, that those remaining were seriously “overworked” and "overstretched". This, he said, may partly explain why the Putney Bridge jogger remains at large more than a month after CCTV footage of him pushing a woman into the path of a bus received global attention. The current knife crime, acid attack and moped robbery “epidemics” were, Mr Kirkham added, clear examples of how “the police are losing control of the streets”. Stressing that he was speaking out after receiving “call after call” … [Read more...] about Putney Bridge jogger: Why haven’t police found the man who pushed a woman into a bus lane yet?
Like Tommy, the aimless barfly he plays in Trees Lounge, the melancholic 1996 indie film he also wrote and directed, Steve Buscemi found himself in a spiral of hopelessness after leaving school, jumping from one part-time job to another: cinema usher, ice-cream seller, petrol station attendant. There were many long nights in bars. “I really had difficulty there [on Long Island] in my last couple of years because I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing,” he says. “I felt my life was going nowhere.” His father had pushed all four of his sons to take a civil service exam, in Buscemi’s case as an avenue to a career with the fire service, where he would work for four years. Although he knew he wanted to be an actor, he had only a dim notion of how to realise his dream. It was also his father who suggested he apply for drama school, ostensibly as an interlude until the fire department came calling. At his interview for the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film … [Read more...] about Steve Buscemi: ‘In some ways I feel I haven’t fulfilled my true potential’
A MUM-of-three has celebrated surviving cancer by getting an intricate tattoo on top of her mastectomy scar. Michelle Cole, 42, now proudly flashes her boobs in the pub after getting the saucy £720 design which she got inked on the fifth anniversary of her operation. In 2012, the Leeds mum was diagnosed with cancer after she found a lump on her right breast. The BRCA1 gene runs in Michelle’s family, so she was always at a risk of contracting the deadly disease. She revealed: “My mum Kathleen Cole had breast cancer and died, aged 49, after it spread to her stomach, and my sister Deborah Dunnell also had breast cancer, which spread to her chest and she died, aged 39, so I had a feeling that I was going to get it, too.” Following the devastating diagnosis, Michelle was prescribed eight sessions of chemotherapy. She then underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery that July – procedures that took a total of 10 hours to complete. In 2015, … [Read more...] about Cancer survivor gets intricate mastectomy tattoo that she can’t resist flashing
Having a third baby definitely counts as the most reckless thing I’ve ever done. All other acts of madness – whether they’ve involved sex, alcohol, public humiliation or all three at once – pale into insignificance compared with choosing to have my youngest. I did it knowing I couldn’t afford to get on the nursery fee treadmill again; knowing it would cut into the time I have with my older children; knowing I’d be exhausted and lacking the support of extended family close by; knowing that, in environmental terms, having any children at all is selfish. I knew all this, did it anyway and haven’t regretted it for a single moment. That’s why I’m hardly one to object to the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to go for baby number three. Good for them. As far as I’m concerned, three children’s the perfect number, especially if money’s no object. … [Read more...] about While you celebrate the third royal baby, remember all of the women in Britain who aren’t allowed a third child
With its brightly coloured big wheel, helter-skelter and swing boats, Margate’s Dreamland offers visitors a trip back to British seaside holidays of yesteryear. But the amusement park offers the local community more than just nostalgia. Its 1920s ballroom plays host to a new support group for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transexual young people, set up by artists who were part of the London queer art scene and have moved to the town, part of a burgeoning arts scene that has seen it dubbed Shoreditch-on-Sea Facebook Twitter Pinterest The helter skelter at the newly reopened Dreamland in Margate. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/REUTERS Started by artist Amy Redmond, drag name Amy Zing, a member of east London club collective Sink the Pink, Out Margate mixes traditional support services for young LGBT people, such as advice on coming out, health and online safety, with creativity. The group has also taken over the running of the local … [Read more...] about Coastal towns get trendy but will it help the locals?
Emma Thompson can still remember a request from her mother – and sometime co-star – Phyllida Law: “Please don’t play another good woman in a frock.’” Thompson has, to be fair, made a respectable career out of this particular period drama archetype. She won an Oscar and a Bafta for her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in Merchant Ivory’s Howard’s End, and gained a second Academy Award for adapting Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility for Ang Lee’s film. Yet there’s a great deal more to Thompson’s career than frocks (as well as turns in Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee and assorted Richard Curtis movies). Mike Nichols’ Primary Colors springs to mind, in which she played the wife of John Travolta’s Democratic Governor (a film inspired by Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign). She took a risk too in Christopher Hampton’s Imagining Argentina, the story of a couple living … [Read more...] about Emma Thompson on new film Alone in Berlin, global warming and getting out of her comfort zone
Prairie dogs, puffer fish and giant tortoises from a Dundee museum can be viewed online thanks to new digital 3D modelling technology. Specimens from Dundee University’s D’Arcy Thompson Museum have been uploaded to enhance the learning of anatomy students around the world. State-of-the-art scanning and design techniques have been deployed to digitise the animals, as well as the skulls of elephants, rhinoceroses and other items from the collection of D’Arcy Thompson, Dundee’s celebrated first professor of biology. The resulting 3D models are hosted online and are available for viewing and downloading worldwide under a creative commons licence. This has already led to one of the items, a skull thought to belong to an Indian elephant, being reclassified as that of an African forest elephant following comments posted by an expert. The project was instigated by Dr Caroline Erolin, MSc Medical Art course coordinator at the university’s Duncan of Jordanstone … [Read more...] about WATCH: D’Arcy Thompson collection comes to life with new 3D modelling technology
Birmingham comedian James Cook has turned Edinburgh into a giant board game. He is playing the Fringe Festival in more ways than one with his latest show, Always Be Rolling, about his obsession with games. It will involve live action versions of the games Buckaroo and Hungry Hippos, but he’s also playing a wider game throughout August with his audience. Solihull-born James says: “I did a show in Edinburgh last year and noticed that all the venues in the Fringe are numbered, with massive posters on the side of buildings. “It struck me that Edinburgh is like a giant board game with these numbered squares, so I started writing a show about it. “This year I will be hiding 10 iconic board game pieces around Edinburgh, with clues on where to find them. “Everyone who comes to my show will get a copy of the rules and a badge that says they are playing the game. “During my show, I will be playing the part of the donkey in Buckaroo, so I am literally making an … [Read more...] about The Midland artists taking part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Leading artists including Sir Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Simon Starling have used material from a fire-damaged art school to create new work in a fundraising drive. The 25 international artists were sent material retrieved from the Mackintosh library at The Glasgow School of Art, which was badly damaged by a fire in May 2014. The works they have created will be sold at auction to raise money for the Mackintosh Campus Appeal which aims to raise £32 million to restore the building. Other artists taking part include Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Jenny Saville, David Shrigley and Douglas Gordon as well as The Chapman Brothers and Sir Peter Blake, with seven Turner prize winners among them. Each artist was sent a piece of debris specifically chosen for them with a note telling them what it was, where it was from and explaining the concept of the auction. Perry, who has made a ceramic with the words “Art is dead. Long live Art”, said: “It’s a tragedy. … [Read more...] about Artists use material from fire-damaged art school to raise repair funds
UFC welterweight contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson has revealed that he is not too fond of squaring off against Georges St-Pierre. Thompson used to spar with the Canadian at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada to help prepare the latter for fights against similar styled opponents. St-Pierre had vacated his welterweight title in December 2013 to take time off from the sport and the 35-year-old is now preparing for his return to the octagon. Meanwhile, Thompson would face current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 and if he wins the contest, he might face GSP to defend the belt. "I would hate [fighting GSP]," he said as quoted on Fox. "I would hate the day where I would have to step out there with a guy who inspired me first in kickboxing to [try] mixed martial arts. He was my inspiration." "He's a good friend of mine. That would be a hard one to be honest with you just emotionally because he's a good bud. But you never know." The same goes for "GSP" whose coach, Firas … [Read more...] about Stephen Thompson says he would hate fighting Georges St-Pierre but love facing Conor McGregor
Madness’ cover of Labi Siffre’s It Must be Love is among the most famous love songs of all time. Saxophonist in the ska band Lee Thompson who lives in High Barnet, is a self-confessed romantic and this Valentine’s Day, as well as showering wife Debbie with affection, he will be dedicating some time to his second love – music – and playing a gig in Barnet with his son Daley on vocals. He speaks to Hannah Worrall about romance, purple catsuits and his new band. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Yes, almost religiously if I’m not touring. I was in Australia in the ‘80s on Valentine’s Day, so I phoned my wife Debbie and told her to go to the post office where I’d sent her an all-in-one purple catsuit, with a gold trinket-type belt. Well it was that time, in that era and I was into the Nolan sisters at the time. In my mind I felt that she’d love it, but this was not so and looking back she was right! Not sure what … [Read more...] about Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson answers romantic Q&A ahead of Valentine’s gig in Barnet (From Borehamwood Times)
So how did such bad books — and now bad films — as Fifty Shades ever become so popular? In Hit Makers, Derek Thompson, an editor at Atlantic magazine, gives us a clear account of this particular disaster in a chapter titled The Viral Myth. The world’s most popular erotic website for women, he says, is not what most people would consider an erotic site at all. It’s FanFiction.net, where amateur writers improvise and fantasise on familiar stories, including Harry Potter, Dr Who, Glee — and, back in the day, Twilight. This is where in 2009 Erika Leonard, using the dreadful pseudonym “Snowqueens Icedragon”, began posting BDSM variations on the Twilight story, imagining Edward Cullen as a CEO into bondage. These postings became popular on FanFiction, reaching five million readers and attracting 50,000 comments — for as Thompson emphasises throughout this book, “the most successful storytellers are often collage artists, bringing … [Read more...] about Hit Makers: How Things Become Popular by Derek Thompson – review
A century after publishing his most famous work, a Dundee University professor’s legacy is still shaping the world around us. Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson — a professor at University College Dundee, a precursor of Dundee University, for 32 years — published the “groundbreaking” On Growth And Form in 1917. The book, which centred on the belief that biologists relied too heavily on evolution without considering physics, continues to inspire artists and scientists to this day. He gained international fame during his career and after his death in 1948 in St Andrews, aged 88, he was described as an “outstanding” personality. A tribute carried in a local newspaper clipping said: “By his death, Scotland has lost one of her greatest academic figures.” Matthew Jarron, curator of museum services at Dundee University, today spoke of his lasting legacy. He said: “There are a number of things to mention in regards to the lasting … [Read more...] about Sir D’Arcy Thompson’s legacy: Iconic book penned in Dundee still inspires across the globe
The period over Christmas and New Year has become characterised by an obsession with lists. Lists about what gifts to buy people; lists to commemorate achievements (and to show off about them); lists on how to improve oneself in the coming year (and how to show off about that as well). Steps are releasing a comeback album in 2017 — and we've never needed them more Pretty much anything you can think of that is relevant during this most personally reflective part of the year has a bloody list written about it. The music industry, however, takes this to a whole new level. With music blogs – and by this we mean everything from the actual-music blogs that park themselves on the Hype Machine to much-larger curatory editorials like Spotify, the BBC or Vevo – comes a great deal of noise from each certifying that you absolutely must keep an eye on the artists that they have tipped, otherwise everyone will laugh at you for being, like, sooooo 2016. The more avid new music … [Read more...] about The 2017 music list of the new bands and artists to hear next year
Actress Emma Thompson has paid an emotional tribute to her “friend” and “ultimate ally” Alan Rickman. The British actor, known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, died of cancer on Thursday, his family confirmed. Thompson - who enjoyed several film roles alongside Rickman - explained how she was with him before he died. In a statement she wrote: “Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. “What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was—his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him. “He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do … [Read more...] about Emma Thompson pays tribute to Alan Rickman: ‘He was the ultimate ally’
A pair of artists have whittled ossified lard into stunning sculptures as water chiefs re-issue a warning to homeowners not to flush this year's leftover Christmas turkey fat down the sink. Mike Thompson and Arne Hendriks have developed a knack for turning fatbergs - congealed lumps of fat and waste from sewers - into works of art. Their bizarre installations are made from a delightful combination of fat, wet wipes, tampons, condoms and various household products. The collaborators, who are based in Eindhoven, Holland, hope to highlight fatbergs as potential energy sources. They travelled down into the sewer near Great Scotland Yard with London Live reporter Jessica King to examine fatbergs in their raw form for the first time. Mr Thompson said: “We found it incredibly interesting; one man's trash is another man's gold. "It is really quite mind-blowing - it is a form of stored energy. "The weird thing that sticks out is how much life is in the sewer. It is an alternative … [Read more...] about Fatberg artists create stunning sculptures as water chiefs warn homeowners not to flush Christmas turkey fat down sink
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Annie Lennox, David Suchet, Trevor Horn and Richard Thompson are ringing in the new year with top honors from the Queen. The artistic quartet were among charitable celebrities in the U.K. who topped Queen Elizabeth II's semi-annual honors list released Friday. RELATED: will.i.am and celeb pals get in tune with antipoverty campaign The monarch's honors, selected by committees of civil servants, are given to those who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and/or industries. They are announced biennially at New Year's and on the Queen's birthday in June. Eurythmics singer Lennox's efforts with charities working to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa garnered her a nod as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Lennox founded the SING campaign, which helps women and children with HIV, and is an ambassador for Oxfam. In addition, Agatha Christie's Poirot star Suchet, actress Sheila Hancock, Grammy-winning artist and producer Horn … [Read more...] about Annie Lennox, Richard Thompson and More Receive Queen’s Honors
Ethan Miller/Getty Images Now this was Jason Aldean's kinda party. The platinum-selling artist dominated the field with six wins tonight, including Artist of the Year, at the 2011 American Country Awards, where the fans pick the winners and the winners have to go to Vegas to pick up their Fender Telecaster trophies. But when there's good music, good humor and girl groups with names like Pistol Annies, what is there to complain about, really? READ: Miranda Lambert Rules the ACM Awards Again—and Taylor Swift Gets Mean! In addition to winning the night's top honor, Aldean was named Touring Artist of the Year; won Album and Single of the Year by a Male Artist for "My Kinda Party"; and shared both Single and Music Video of the Year in a Collaboration with Kelly Clarkson for "Don't You Wanna Stay." Whew, was that all?! The only gal to even meet Aldean halfway was Carrie Underwood, aka Female Artist of the Year and a winner for Music Video and Single of the Year by a Female Artist for … [Read more...] about Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Reign at American Country Awards; Plus, Who’s Artist of the Decade?