Panti: the pronounced, vivacious, magnetic creation of Rory O’Neill, who is reserved, slightly stand-offish, shy. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Rory O’Neill and Panti are both separate and inextricably linked. O’Neill’s part of their Venn diagram contains characteristics that are alien to P(...)

For an instrument known for its picking, recently we’ve witnessed an unpicking of the banjo – with some notable results. In 2013 we had the ple(...)

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Leona Lewis has a four-octave mezzo-soprano vocal range. Why can’t she try a little harder at being a diva? She ought to stick her nose in the air and(...)

Being Miley Cyrus
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The Sylvers perform on Soul Train in 1976. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It’s time for Soul Train to leave the station again. The classic US black music show introduced TV audiences to a host of r’n’b, soul and hip-hop acts(...)

Alan Cumming poses at the “Alan Cumming Snaps” Photography Exhibition in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

Actor, director, author, perfumer, activist: one can’t help but gasp at the polysexual polymath known to us mere single/double tasking mortals as Alan(...)

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