The Queen is the ultimate dictator.
I still prefer horses to human beings.
Everything about my life is private, really. I'm not so sure that any of it has ever been public.
The fire in the belly is essential, otherwise you become Michael Buble - famous and meaningless.
If you travel to Germany, it's still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity.
If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade - animals skinned alive - then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible.
You have to, at least from a distance, look as if you know what you're doing, and I can manage that.
Often I feel I say too much.
Smiths songs certainly have an astonishing afterlife.
Reggae is vile.
My talents do not lie in DIY.
Age gives you a great sense of proportion. You can be very hard on yourself when you're younger but now I just think 'well everybody's absolutely mad and I'm doing quite well'.
Even though I've been reasonably well known for quite a long time, I still can't get a record on daytime radio or on MTV.
I do think it's possible to go through life and never fall in love, or find someone who loves you.
The most common phrase bandied about these days is 'Oh my God'. People say it automatically all the time - not realising that that's a form of prayer.
I'm capable of looking on the bright side. I just don't do it very often.
Long hair is an unpardonable offence which should be punishable by death.
I think there are unseen powers who don't want pop music to be anything other than glorified Madonnas.
I mean, death is a serious thing, certainly not to be sneezed at.
I think we were all initially swept along with the Obama win, but he's proven to be simply a set of teeth, and useless in every other regard.
As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters.