December's arctic welcome has caused chaos across the UK's transport system – motorways littered with abandoned cars, passengers trapped on freezing trains overnight, and planes grounded at Gatwick.
"It's not always like this," Steve Angello smiles, as Swedish House Mafia's private jet starts its descent over the Arizona desert to Las Vegas.
If one moment can be identified as the one in which Jay-Z – product of a Brooklyn housing project turned hip-hop impresario – crossed over to the mainstream in this country, it was surely his appearance on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross last year.
Hoping that you love Mozart as much as I do, I can now go public with certain Mozartian informations I've been privy to for a wee bit now: Radio 3's Genius of Mozart celebration will completely consume the first 12 days of Radio 3's schedule in the New Year, broadcasting every single note that Wolfgang wrote.
On arriving in Estonia for the European film awards, the guests were proudly informed that the city of Tallinn is now a boomtown for information technology and that Skype was in fact developed, back in 2003, by a trio of Estonian designers.
Secretariat is the name of a real racehorse whose dam Denver housewife and mother of four Penny Tweedy (Diane Lane) inherits from her father along with his failing Virginia stud.
What is the ultimate John Waters anecdote? A master of irony, a man renowned for his outrageous, scandalous wit, most conversations with the film-maker, artist and raconteur turn up stories of dark bars in Baltimore, cult criminals and obscure dangerous movie stars.
John Cusack, the actor, writer and – increasingly – political pundit, has said Barack Obama is “as bad or worse” than George W Bush when it comes to issues such as the NSA, freedom of the press, civil liberties and drone strikes.
After a string of bigger-budget genre fare, Idris Elba appears to be making a move back to more substantial roles.