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2006-05-11 16:43British Council

Book of the Month

Addicted to love: the Kate Moss story by Fred Vemorel

Omnibus 1846091586 £14.95

The Queen of street fashion and supermodel, Kate Moss is as familiar in headlines as on the catwalk. This searching exposé of her life starts from her misspent youth in Croydon, to her remarkable rise to the top and the photographers and lovers, including Johnny Depp and Pete Doherty, who made it possible. In her career Kate Moss has taken part in the controversial Calvin Klein perfume campaign, posed nude and pregnant for the painter Lucian Freud, posed for the Pirelli calendar and has been the face for Chanel, Dior, Burberry, and the Rimmel television advertisements. She has been in the headlines more recently as her allleged addiction to drugs has been widely reported.

Diamond in the dirt by Shystie, image © CD coverCD of the Month

Shystie: Diamond in the Dirt (Polydor)

Debut album from Shystie (aka Chanelle Scott) the 21-year-old London rapper, dubbed the fastest MC in the UK. The album has stories about money, sex, love and life in modern Britain. Taken as a whole the album doesn't sound as underground and dirty as you mighty expect, there's one ear here to the commercial market. The lack of swearing is maybe a tribute to the lead taken by Ms Dynamite, and makes the album perfect for those under-18 garage parties that Shystie once hung out at.

A few reviewers and fans comment, 'Rapping rhymes that speak with subtlety and insight, humour and drama are still rare.' (Debra) 'She...has "cleaned up" a bit for the album but is still keeping it real and I love the mix of styles and sounds on Diamond in the Dirt, (Jules from Scotland). 'She is real and her lyrics r things shes gone thru 4 real. she helped me out through problems i had so go buy her album coz she desrves it and its real gud.' (Emma - by text)

Great British Design Quest

The Great British Design Quest is a vote to discover the public's favourite British design icon. Organised by the Design Museum and BBC Television's The Culture Show, the vote opens with a shortlist of 25 and is narrowed down to a Top 10, Top 3 and a final winner. Among the shortlisted designs are the London Underground map, the computer game Grand Theft Auto and the Routemaster bus. Verity Sharp, presenter of The Culture Show, commented, 'For me the beauty of great design is that it's often wonderfully practical as well as being aesthetically pleasing.' The winner was announced on 16 March.

World book day logo, image © World Book DayWorld Book Day

William Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April, is designated World Book Day. The date was chosen by UNESCO and events are held in many countries. The World Book Capital City for 2006 is Turin in Italy. A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

In the UK, the day is held on 2 March, so it does not fall in school holidays. This year the team at World Book Day wants to know how you feel about ‘Happy Endings’ or otherwise in the books you read. There is also a new initiative Quick Reads - twelve of the biggest names in fiction and non-fiction will publish short, fast-paced new books designed to encourage reluctant readers.

Madchester Easter Parade

And finally, the BBC is to mark Easter with an hour-long procession through Manchester featuring the city's pop stars and music. Manchester Passion will feature members of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays plus songs by The Smiths and New Order. Robin Gamble, a canon at Manchester Cathedral, said, ‘It is going to be challenging and shocking and is going to get things rumbling - it's going to be brilliant.’

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