The Big Issue : Edition 445
THeBigissue 8–21NOV2013 9 Earth, and that orbits a star similar to our sun. But the temperature? Between 1930 and 2760 degrees Celsius. And you’re worried about global warming. – The New York Times (US) “If she needs my opinion on something I will surely give it, and there have been times we’ve talked. But I would never dream of calling her and saying, ‘Well why are you doing this?’ or, ‘You shouldn’t do this or that.’” Country music queen Dolly Parton on her relationship with her twerking, wrecking-ball-hugging goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Miley has been given a lot of unsolicited advice lately on what she’s doing and how she’s doing it – including from Sinead O’Connor and Annie Lennox. – The Guardian (UK) “Ninety-eight per cent of the singing I did was private singing – it was in the shower, at the dishwater, driving my car, singing with the radio, whatever. I can’t do any of that now. I wish I could. I don’t miss performing, particularly. But I miss singing.” Linda Ronstadt, 67, who has Parkinson’s disease, on no longer being able to sing. – Vanity Fair (US) “Pope Francis seems to be a much nicer man than Pope Benedict, but I’m not sure that his views on things that really matter are all that different. Whereas Benedict was perhaps a wolf in wolf’s clothing, Francis is perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Atheist Richard Dawkins on the incumbent pontiff, who is soft and fluffy and all, but may still have fangs like his predecessor. With all these wolves around, maybe Dawkins is confusing the Catholic Church with the Boy Scouts. – The New Statesman (UK) “I’ve had dreams about John [Belushi]. Dreams that felt like visitations. He’s appeared to me and given me advice and insights. Look, the survival of the consciousness after death is, well, to me it’s a certainty.” Dan Aykroyd, star of 1980s films The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters, on his late actor friend appearing to him. Either Aykroyd is seeing a ghost (in which case, who you gonna call?), has imbibed too much of the stuff that was Belushi’s undoing, or ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues is on a mission from God. – Esquire (US) » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at email@example.com.