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Elton John World News: Today's Edition of ''The Independent'' is Ideal For EJ Fans

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Wednesday 1 December 2010 @ 15:40 - GMT

Gary Hume Roses for World AIDS Day on the IndependentTo mark World AIDS Day, today's issue of The Independent is edited by Elton.

The cover, as seen above, by one of the singer's favourite artists, carries an image which is designed to evoke the transience of life which the deadly AIDS pandemic underscores.

"I chose a rose because it's a beautiful thing, that blooms and then dies," explained Gary Hume. "I went out and bought some coloured pencils called Skin Colours of the World and drew with them on gesso and chalk."

A limited edition of 100 prints of Hume's front-page image, signed by the artist and Sir Elton, is available for £1,000. All profits go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The price includes delivery in the UK. Enquiries: 020 7603 9996, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And while the focus is on AIDS, The Independent contains other subjects as well, including Jimmy Carr's interview with the Rocket Man, focusing mostly on music, and Elton's compilation of 10 things he likes and doesn't like, as seen below.

10 things I don't like: period

Lip-synching except by drag queens

"Singers" who can't sing live

Bigotry

Mobile phones with cameras

Violence

Tweeting/blogging

Reality shows

Opening and closing ceremonies

Religious fanatics

Mozzarella cheese

10 things I like: period

Friends

Fax machines

Music/books

Handwritten notes/letters

Venice

Animals

Laughter

Football

Nina Simone

The south of France