Update (16 April). Colete Douglas Home takes modern tastes and manners to the woodshed:
…only the pretty are expected to achieve. Not only
do you have to be physically appealing to deserve fame; it seems you
now have to be good-looking to merit everyday common respect. If, like
Susan (and like millions more), you are plump, middle-aged and too poor
or too unworldly to follow fashion or have a good hairdresser, you are
What she said.
Update (17 April) Bob Krumm thinks Susan Boyle is the wave of the future, out in front of the star- and king-makers. Plus, he has another of her recordings, from back in 1999.