Mr Agreeable

Boris Yeltsin

First appeared: Apr 2007

It would appear that Boris Yeltsin, the former Russian Premier who oversaw his country’s transition from Soviet communism to the free market, has died, aged 76.

Sheryl Crow

First appeared: Jun 2006

I am intrigued to learn that the chanteuse of note Sheryl Crow has advised her fans, not to say humanity as a whole, to reduce the number of squares of toilet paper they use, in order to avert ecological crisis.

Stone Roses

First appeared: Oct 2001

Finally, in important news, it turns out that Stone Roses failed to play an encore at an Amsterdam concert after drummer Reni refused to come back onstage.


First appeared: Apr 2003

Usher is back with a new album. Striking a note of self-absorption unusual in the world of contemporary R&B, it’s called Looking 4 Myself.

Mumford & Sons

First appeared: Jun 2005

Mumford & Sons are well on the way to completing work on their second album.


First appeared: Jun 2002

My eye is first caught by news that the New Musical Express, sometimes known as the NME, has apologised for inadvertently implying that Morrissey, former lead singer of The Smiths, is a racist.