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Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent. He lives in Malibu, and divides his time between the local beach and the Hollywood Hills. He headed out west in May 2008, and has being trying to make sense of the First City of Showbusiness ever since. You can track his every move at twitter.com/guyadams.

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Literary porn saved, as Paypal abandons effort to censor smutty books, Arts

Literary porn saved, as Paypal abandons effort to censor smutty books

There is happy news for admirers of the sort of literature which inspired Tom Lehrer to hymn the delights of a: “dirty novel I can’t shut.”
Almost a fortnight after it announced that it would henceforth refuse to process payments for self-published novels it regarded as “obscene,” the eBay subsidiary Paypal has performed a somewhat untidy [...]

By | Arts | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 at 2:43 am

Mitt Romney faces competition for Nevada’s Mormon vote, The Foreign Desk

Mitt Romney faces competition for Nevada’s Mormon vote

The outcome of tomorrow’s Republican caucus in Nevada is likely to be decided by a spectacular turnout from local Mormons, who make up around 7 percent of residents but (as I reported this morning) are expected to cast 30 percent of votes.
Received wisdom has it that nine out of ten of them will back Mitt [...]

By | The Foreign Desk, iPolitics | Friday, 3 February 2012 at 7:11 pm

Police to America: guns and New Year’s Eve don’t mix, The Foreign Desk

Police to America: guns and New Year’s Eve don’t mix

Some countries have street parties. Others do fireworks displays. Most nations bear witness to scenes of Hogarthian public drunken-ness. And in the occasional European city, half the population seems to spend the evening shoehorned into small cars, honking at passers-by. When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, America has all that. Plus guns!

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 29 December 2011 at 7:03 pm

Tarzan’s chimpanzee is dead… Or is he?, Film

Tarzan’s chimpanzee is dead… Or is he?

I was suprised by news this morning from the Suncoast wildlife sanctuary in Florida: a chimpanzee called Cheetah was reported to have died at the grand old age of 80.
No ordinary chimp, either. According to his owners, Cheetah played Tarzan’s sidekick, of the same name, in the films of the 1930s. The sanctuary’s “outreach director,” [...]

By | Film, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 28 December 2011 at 11:36 pm

Some unanswered questions about Hilary Swank and human rights, Arts

Some unanswered questions about Hilary Swank and human rights

Hilary Swank attempted a bit of reputation management at the weekend, using Jay Leno’s sofa to issue a fulsome apology for her recent paid appearance at Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th birthday party.

By | Arts, Film, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 at 6:00 am

Congresswoman accuses Blackwater founder of “intimidation” over Indy article, The Foreign Desk

Congresswoman accuses Blackwater founder of “intimidation” over Indy article

The good citizens of Baghdad aren’t the only ones who know what it’s like to feel intimidated by representatives of Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, the trigger-happy private security firm which was recently re-named “Xe Services.”
Jan Schakowsky, a Democratic politician from Illinois, announced in Congress this morning that Mr Prince’s lawyers have been threatening to [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 11:09 pm

Nothing says “police brutality” quite like a moustache, Fashion

Nothing says “police brutality” quite like a moustache

You don’t have to study current affairs for all that long to wonder why a hugely-disproportionate number of perpetrators of police brutality, particularly in America, appear to choose to cover their top lip in fuzz.

By | Fashion, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 21 November 2011 at 7:01 pm

Blatter’s comments on racism are “appalling,” says Beckham, Sport

Blatter’s comments on racism are “appalling,” says Beckham

You can add David Beckham’s voice to the latest chorus of criticism coming the way of Fifa’s gaffe-prone President, Sepp Blatter.

By | Sport, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 18 November 2011 at 4:08 am

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