Darling Brits in LA, before I share the weeks news from this side of the world, I'd like to congratulate all of the winners and those who took part in this years Toscar's. I have been following the events with much excitement and only wish I could have been there to celebrate with you all!
Whilst New Zealand and Libya continue to dominate headlines over this side of the Pond, Oman is the latest country to be effected by rising political tensions in the North African and Middle Eastern regions this week. Omani protestors are calling for greater media freedom and are fighting against growing corruption and a rise in the cost of living. Seen as a mostly tranquil and sedate country, these latest protests only further highlight the increasing unrest in this part of the world and concerns for the future are rising rapidly.
On the other end of the political spectrum, a transformation is taking place in Ireland this week, with Fine Gael party leader Enda Kenny announcing a 'Democratic Revolution'. The recent economic castastrophe, and subsequent General Election results, are moving the country towards an inevitable coalition government, one who will be forced to plead with the EU to reduce interest rates on loans that Ireland was forced into taking on last year, when the collapse of Irish banks threatened to devastate the Euro.
In Royal news - Kate and Wills are also featuring heavily in the press in the run-up to their April wedding, and this week Kate (or Katherine as she must now be known) attended her first official engagement as fiance to our future King. Arriving in Angelsey, where they will make their first home together, she stood proudly, and rather elegantly I must say, beside her man as he named a new lifeboat, the Hereford Endeavour. 85% of the tabloid headlines spoke in celebration of her outfit, especially her coat - which was one she'd worn 2 years ago (with a few alterations). Us Brits love a 'down to earth Royal' - and Kate seems to be doing everything right so far, in that regard. They have also had a scholarship named in their honour at St. Andrews University, where they met and fell in love. Aww.
To honour this Oscar weekend I thought I'd name my current 'One to watch' - 19 year old British actor Alex Pettyfer, starring in the new movie 'Beastly' with Vanessa Hudgens. The new Jude Law I reckon!
For more info about Beastly: http://beastlythemovie.com/
Showing at the moment at the National Theatre (Olivier), and receiving rave reviews, is Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein (marking his return to theatre direction). Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternate in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature - with Naomie Harris taking the role of his bride, Elizabeth. A very special and visually compelling version of this well known horror story - with music from Underworld.
For more details: http://tinyurl.com/36pgkjq
Restaurant of the week: 'Scalini's' - a traditional and exceptional Italian dining experience in Chelsea, famed for it's brilliant service and delicious menu. It's frequented by Italians and footballers - and the dishes are as old-school as the decor.
Check it out: http://www.restaurantscalini.com/