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Culture News Roundup: Paxman and Clarkson Make The News

Culture News Roundup: Paxman and Clarkson Make The News

bbc-newsnightJeremy Paxman is to quit Newsnight after 25 years hosting the show. Paxman has a unique talent and ability when it comes to interviewing politicians and those in the public limelight. Almost a weapon for the people, Paxman has put the likes of David Cameron, Tony Blair and Denis Healy under great discomfort with his sharp brand of questioning over the years to the delight of audiences of all generations. A staple fixture on British Television, Paxman will continue to present University Challenge which he has hosted since 1994.

Another stalwart of British Television could be disappearing from our screens soon but for very different reasons. Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear has been heavily criticised for dropping the N bomb on National Television as part of a very outdated version of the ‘eenie, meanie, miney, mo’ nursery rhyme. The presenter claims the word wasn’t said, and care was taken not to offend, but does not deny that it sounds like it was said in the recording. Clarkson has issued a video response to the claims by the Daily Mirror offering his apologies and stating firmly that he is not a racist. James May took to Twitter to point out that Jeremy Clarkson is a ‘monumental bellend’, but not a racist. The BBC are taking the racism allegations against Clarkson very seriously, but it seems unlikely they will fire him without heavy public pressure because of the wealth of viewers the presenter attracts.

More details of the tragic death of Peaches Geldof have been unveiled this fortnight with toxicology tests revealing that Geldof had heroin in her system at the time of her death, and that this played at least some part in her death. A full hearing will take place on 23rd July.

The Government are giving £550,000 to British bands in order to boost their overseas profile. The international success of bands such as Mumford and Sons and Bastille are cited as reasons for the grant known as the ‘Music Export Growth Scheme’. Erm, cheers guys. In the opinion of someone who has worked with bands and in the music industry for most of my working life, if the government are going to pretend to care about grassroots music, they’d be better off donating the money to small music venues around the country, without which there would be no new music. On the plus side there are a couple of decent bands amongst the 14 selected for the scheme, including Metronomy and Slow Club.

Our culture in Britain has been overwhelmed by a wave of nostalgia for some time now with 80s sounding music, vintage clothes and the resurection of vinyl records to name a few. But the most recent addition is in the food world. Fragaria Moschata (or Bubbleberries) are a small fruit resembling the modern-day strawberry, but fell out of favour in the 19th century. That is until now. Bubbleberries are so named because they have a distinct bubblegum flavour, and consumers can enjoy them once more as they go on sale in Waitrose for five weeks. Nature’s own Willy Wonka style fruit.

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