I spend a lot of time in Tenerife and wanted to find out if the tap water was safe to drink. So I tested it myself. The results are surprising.
If you think life is moving too fast now, imagine how you'd have felt 150 years ago before the phone, the telly or the car had been invented. As the Victorian industrialists mechanised and urbanised, the pastoral idyls of old England were feeling the pinch and it took a group of young painters to come to its defence.
As a singer, I'm used to being in the spotlight. I'm paid to perform while strangers sit and stare at me. But there is another kind of attention, off stage, that's much less welcome.
A few days ago I was walking around Rome with my boyfriend. We were holding hands. If you're gay, holding hands, the most innocuous display of affection, suddenly becomes a political act. We were not kissing, wearing heels or shouting the words to Dancing Queen at top of our lungs, we were just holding hands.
What is crooning? How and when did it start? Who were the best at it and is anyone still doing it today? To accompany my program on Radio 2's 50s pop up, here's an article on the Art of the Crooner that explains all.