Media: Things we like

JONATHAN DURDEN IN BIG BROTHER

The entrance of Jonathan Durden into the Big Brother house last Friday got the whole media world talking. The PHD co-founder's early antics were entertaining enough (especially when he dressed as a Native American Indian in a Village People act), but we're expecting more fireworks as the days roll on. He's already alienated some of his rivals, and former and future colleagues may have their fingers crossed that Durden, a partner at Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, doesn't say anything too embarrassing. For now, he's the only reason to watch BB.

DAVID HOCKNEY AT TATE BRITAIN

We've always been keen admirers of David Hockney, and his latest exhibition, his East Yorkshire landscape series, does not disappoint. The paintings, five of which are 12-feet long, are being shown to mark the artist's 70th birthday. They are exhibited on a huge staircase, which provides a unique perspective on the landscapes. An added bonus is Tate Britain's "Hockney on Turner Watercolours", which is an extensive exhibit of Turner's best watercolour paintings.

THE FOREST EVENT AT THE SAVOY

Hockney hasn't just been focusing on painting - he's also been getting worked up at the "dreary people" who are introducing the imminent smoking ban. A keen smoker, Hockney will be attending a dinner organised by the smoker lobby group Forest at the Savoy Hotel in London on 25 June. Other luminaries attending include the publisher and broadcaster Andrew Neil, who will be the guest speaker, and the celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson. The dinner is being pitched as one of the last opportunities for people to eat, drink and smoke in a UK public venue.

CELEBS ON SUNDAY MAGAZINE

The Sunday Mirror turned its Celebs magazine into a "man issue" special to coincide with Father's Day, and the results were entertaining and, at times, hilarious. A mix of celebrities, real-life stories and reader comments, the magazine really stood out. The best bits were a section that showed readers' submitted pictures of their "gorgeous" men and another where they describe which celeb they'd like to have a "naughty encounter" with. Sean Bean in a "pair of fangs and a vampire cape", anyone?

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

COORS' ONLINE ACTIVITY

We're more than a bit hacked off with Coors. After signing up to its Coors Fine Light website, we were offered a voucher to redeem against a four-pack of the light lager. This was about a month ago, but demand was such that the site crashed and Coors was forced to offer a grovelling apology. A shambles that turned us totally off the brand. Now the cheeky beggars want us to sign up as one of their "insiders" and provide them with information and views on their products. No chance.