Ben Elton: ‘You may not like it, but I don’t think there’s anybody like me.’ Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes – but my inner 13-year-old would never forgive me if I spurned a chat with Ben Elton. The Young Ones, Blackadd(...)

Bernard Sumner: ‘I was 17 and worked in a general office, thinking, ‘Jesus, to quote a Peggy Lee song, is this all there is?’. Photograph: Warren Jackson

It’s been a disappointing summer, but the sun is shining and New Order are back in town. Speaking of sunshine, their singer, Bernard Sumner, in his 20(...)

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Stephen Fry’s latest evacuation from Twitter followed a torrent of angry tweets directed at him

Last week, somebody on Twitter called me a See-U-Next-Tuesday because I didn’t like a superhero film he admired (http://goo.gl/x6ta7W). Now, I guess t(...)

‘Perhaps it’s all too easy for an older person to mistake confessionalism for self-pity.’ Above, Lena Dunham in Girls

Millennials, Generation Me: whatever you want to call them, everyone seems to have an opinion about them. Mention in casual conversation the office in(...)