In mid-1999, shorn at last

In mid-1999, shorn at last of his contractual woes, he began recording, in London, an album for the independent UK label Cooking Vinyl. The album, as yet untitled, will feature 12 powerful new Coughlan compositions, and musical contributions from friends new and old, some of them recorded in Dublin, Paris and San Francisco. Will this, at last, be pop? Is the Pope a Vengaboy? Or something. Over on the MUSE page more about this link: www.cathalcoughlan.com.

Dutch painter Karel Appel (of

Dutch painter Karel Appel (of Cobra fame) spoke passionately about colour tonight on VPRO’s ‘Of beauty and consolation’. The music played was Nina Simone’s version of Ne Me Quitte pas, and other selections of opera (I Pagliacci) and classical music, including the beautiful Kol Nidre. “You can talk about it a lot, but in front of a good canvas you shut your trap. I sometimes go and see ‘The man with the turban’, by Rembrandt. It’s in New York. When you look at it, you approach the secret of life…’ So far the best part of the series.

Super quote from my favourite

Super quote from my favourite comedy on BBC at the moment, Gimme Gimme Gimme (starring Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus): Thomas says: ‘I want my men to stand up for something… not to be so far back in the closet they’re in fucking Narnia!’