Many critics find Oscar acceptance speeches disturbing on account of their insincerity.
HMV could be thrown a lifeline by Sir Elton John after it emerged that the singer plans to perform in one of the chain's stores.
When Adele gave her spine-tingling performance of her ballad Someone Like You at the Brits in 2011 a small miracle happened – the boisterous music industry for once fell silent, and listened.
Before Wales flew to Rome for Saturday's Six Nations game against Italy they were questioned over the position regarding a player who is not in the starting line-up, the squad captain, Sam Warburton.
It had promised, on at least one level, to be the classic confrontation of master against apprentice.
For Arsenal, who were made to seem no more than a mild irritation at times by a brilliantly well-grooved Bayern Munich, it could have been much worse.