Did you know: Jason Statham, world’s best looking man, was once a champion diver, representing England in the 1990 Commonwealth Games (clip).

I had no idea that Michelle Johnston (Gaye Carpenter from Showgirls) had such creds. She danced with Travolta in Staying Alive and was assistant choreographer on the set of Michael Jackson’s Captain Eo. In this clip, belly full of brown rice and vegetables, she auditions in Richard Attenborough’s movie version of A Chorus Line, where she plays Bebe (who sings At the Ballet).

The gold pounding workshops in Mandalay are mesmerising. I bought 100 one inch squares of gold leaf that had been hammered just this morning.

"Barbra Streisand called me after I panned Funny Lady to tell me that she agreed with me. She phoned me after The Prince Of Tides to ask what I thought. I was very rough. Barbra Streisand doesn’t need to be let down easy.” —- Pauline Kael.

"Barbra Streisand called me after I panned Funny Lady to tell me that she agreed with me. She phoned me after The Prince Of Tides to ask what I thought. I was very rough. Barbra Streisand doesn’t need to be let down easy.” —- Pauline Kael.

“I might as well be gay. And not just because I love rhinestones and Barbara Streisand. But because I’m a sensitive person who is supportive of gay people the same way I’m sensitive to grossly obese people and ugly people.” —- Richard Simmons 66 today (12 July 2014).

“I might as well be gay. And not just because I love rhinestones and Barbara Streisand. But because I’m a sensitive person who is supportive of gay people the same way I’m sensitive to grossly obese people and ugly people.” —- Richard Simmons 66 today (12 July 2014).

"I hate the idea of a gay ghetto. I think that it’s a real shame that people become restricted by their sexuality or define their whole lives by their sexuality." —- Neil Tennant 60 today.

"I hate the idea of a gay ghetto. I think that it’s a real shame that people become restricted by their sexuality or define their whole lives by their sexuality." —- Neil Tennant 60 today.

I took the train south from Yangon down to Mawmalyine (Moulmein), former home of both Kipling (“By the old Moulmein pagoda, lookin’ lazily at the sea” — Mandalay) and Orwell (“In Moulmein, in Lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people …” — Shooting an Elephant). The 13 hour train journey was an adventure, and the town itself is lovely. I hiked up to the Kyeik Thanlan Pagoda, which balances on gold-painted boulders that hang over the edge of a mountain.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the sullen service top in this scene from the otherwise forgettable Mysterious Skin. John Ganun plays the cranky fellow on the bottom, the type that is always yelling at you to make like a plumber and dislodge whatever is stuck somewhere between their prostate and their psyche — rectal centric guys who have all the erotic charge of a clogged up toilet.

I spent my first day in Myanmar (yesterday) in bed with fever, so today I went to the Swedagon Pagoda even though it was overcast.

"Film is the one art form that combines all the others, including writing, painting, photography, dance and architecture." —- Sydney Pollack born on this day (1 July) in 1934 (d. 2008).