– In the light of the new trend of taking photos of yourself to describe what you happen to be doing, the word ‘selfie’ – thought to have originated from Australia – has been selected as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. The word is believed to have first been used as long ago as 2002, with the hashtag #selfie appearing in 2004. The word fought off others such as ‘bedroom tax’, ‘twerk’ and ‘bitcoin’ after usage increased by over 17,000% in the last 12 months. Previous winners include ‘chav’ and ‘carbon footprint’.
– For that small gain, English language and literature lost Doris Lessing on Monday. The female writer was both loved and hated during her prolific career which spanned a host of genres, and a Nobel Prize for Literature making her one of the major writers of the latter half of the 20th Century, her masterpiece is widely viewed to be The Golden Notebook (1962). She died aged 94, a feminist icon.
– Leaping to a starkly different feminist icon, Lily Allen has caused controversy with the release of her comeback single Hard Out Here and its accompanying music video which is apparently a satire of male dominance in the music industry, and the singers thoughts on going under the knife for cosmetic reasons. Whilst the points she raises are certainly valid, one can’t help but wonder if it was to raise money rather than raise awareness, God knows the song is bad enough. Also, the video still contains much of the material Allen seems to be criticising such as scantily clad dancers with asses shaking everywhere. Her point would have been far more poignant had she used middle aged white men twerking rather than attractive women. But would it have been as successful? Wow, I’m cynical.
– The five surviving members of the popular British comedy Monty Python have confirmed they’re going to act together on stage once again. Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam will be putting on a show. They have not performed Python sketches on the same stage since 1998. More details will be announced at a press conference on Thursday.