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Six degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am

Lady Gaga is coming to Hong Kong! Her of the meat-frock shock is scheduled to show her poker face at AsiaWorld-Expo on May 2. The 25-year-old (below) owes much of her success to her fan base of gay men, for whom she has become a formidable advocate. Describing her own orientation, Gaga stated: 'On a gay scale from 1 to 10, I'm a Judy Garland f***ing 42.' Despite her claiming to be an 'outcast', as a student the 'fame monster' was described as hard working, and proved to be so with a thesis on Damien Hirst ...

Britain's richest living artist has admitted to having been under the influence of cocaine during much of his 1990s heyday, which might explain why he once inserted a cigarette into his penis in front of a crowd of journalists. Already under fire for 'functioning like a commercial brand', Hirst made few fans when he said the September 11 terrorists 'need congratulating' for an attack that was 'kind of like an artwork'. In addition to suspending animal carcasses in formaldehyde, Hirst has made forays into film directing, creating a video to accompany a song by U2 ...

The lead singer of the Irish rock band, Bono, was, in 2002, voted one of the 100 greatest Britons, for his work to end poverty in Africa, despite his not actually being British. His efforts have been criticised for '[ignoring] the legitimate voices of Africa and [turning] a global movement for justice into a grand orgy of narcissistic philanthropy'. Bono's work is not restricted to the African continent; the band dedicated the song Walk On to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi ...

Before her recent immortalisation in Luc Besson's The Lady, Suu Kyi featured in the book Century Mountain, which was aimed at creating a 'visual dialogue across humanity' by melding Western portraiture of 'outstanding thinkers' with the Eastern poetry and calligraphy of dissident writer Huang Xiang. Other individuals 'who stood out like mountains' appearing in the book are Nietzsche, Jesus and Edgar Allan Poe ...

In the early 19th century, Poe was the first American to attempt to turn writing into a career. His endeavours, however, were cut short by his mysterious death at the age of 40, shortly after being found wandering delirious, dressed in another man's clothes. The master of the macabre's most famous works are arguably The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, the story of which was replicated for various threads in The Telltale Moozadell, an episode of HBO series The Sopranos ...

The show's success was rooted in its presentation of the lead character, the murderous, adulterous mob boss Tony Soprano, as an everyman juggling his duties as a middle-aged father-of-two while searching for meaning in his life. The cast was largely made up of American-Italians - 27 actors in the show also appeared in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. The Telltale Moozadell also featured an uncredited role for 15-year-old Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga.

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