A daily feature of the T2 supplement, we love Modern Morals' sharp, at times sarcastic, take on readers' dilemmas. Each day, the Times writer Joe Joseph dispenses advice to people wracked with guilt over claiming expenses from the charity they work for, or after leaving a restaurant despite agreeing to keep an eye on another diner's bags. This excellent column bears more than a passing resemblance to our own On the Campaign Couch ... With JB.
THE STORY OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT ON BBC2
This classy documentary charts the evolution of entertainment in the UK. Last weekend's show on the rise and fall of the great UK radio stars was fascinating viewing. We saw a bitter Tony Blackburn talking about being usurped by Noel Edmonds on the Radio 1 breakfast show, Jimmy Saville taking credit for inventing anything ever made and a laid-back Terry Wogan rising above it all. A reminder that some of the biggest egos in showbiz came out of radio.
VIACOM'S BECK CENTRE
Viacom Outdoor, which recently successfully re-tendered for the London Underground contract, has set up an exclusive "showroom" to display some of its new formats. Housed near Viacom's Camden offices, the Beck Centre (named after the creator of the Tube map, Harry Beck) recreates the feel of an Underground station and contains examples of everything from the new cross-track projection ads to digital LCD screens. It's a vision of a soon-to-be-realised future and the Beck Centre has already been visited by more than 400 outdoor specialists, agency planners, creatives and clients.
Typical Michael Mann fare as Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx tear it up in Miami. We're suckers for constant action and big guns, so can't help liking Mann's recreation of the 80s series. Despite criticism that the film takes itself too seriously and doesn't camp it up enough, and that Farrell's performance is a bit lame, we enjoyed the events from start to finish - including the incredibly cheesy love scenes and the wanton destruction of speed-boats.
AND ONE THING WE DON't ...
DURAN DURAN INVADING SECOND LIFE
We're big fans of the online virtual world Second Life, but we may have to take a break for a while following news that the faded 80s band Duran Duran have created a presence for themselves in the alternative universe. Simon Le Bon and the boys have created their own virtual luxury island and their online characters will live a parallel existence to the real band. Duran Duran are claiming to have made history by becoming the first band to become citizens of Second Life. We can't help wishing it had been somebody a bit more cutting-edge. After all, a "bespoke" Duran Duran "universe" could turn out to be a very scary place indeed.