THE CUBAN PICASSOS

Relatives of Pablo Picasso are discovered in Cuba. “Today, the black Picassos, as they call themselves, are thrilled about the discovery of their connection with the artist whose name from a clipping, cousin Luis Picasso, has kept for years in his wallet, simply because he found the coincidence of the spelling amusing.” – CNN

ARISE, SIR … ER, MR. STEVEN

Steven Spielberg is to be knighted in London. “Although theatricality might seem appropriate, there will be no “Arise, Sir Steven Spielberg”. As he is not a British citizen, the director will not kneel or be tapped on each shoulder with a sword, nor will he be able to call himself “Sir”. He will, however, be able to place the letters KBE after his name.” – The Times (UK)

‘OW YA DOIN?

An analysis of Queen Elizabeth’s accent and speech patterns between the 1950s and now indicates a change. “While Her Majesty is not about to refer to ‘My ‘usband and I’, she now speaks in a way ‘more typically associated with speakers who are younger and lower in the social hierarchy’, the Australian analysts write in Nature.” – The Times (UK)

THE CULT OF BRUCE LEE

Twenty-seven years after his sudden death at the age of 32, Bruce Lee continues to attract a cult following. If you think this has only to do with his film career, look again. There are a shocking 55 websites dedicated to his martial art stylings, and the seven books of his writings that have been published posthumously have sold over 500,000 copies. – Boston Globe