I read today (picked up by Google Reader) that the Ting Tings and Adele have won a European Border Breakers Award, which is given to artists whose debut album has the biggest sales outside their own country. I don’t suppose it’s a great surprise that UK bands are among the winners, given the prevalence of English-language music and the vibrancy of the UK music scene. But still, congrats to them, because it’s a tough world out there commercially and they have done well. Maybe more of a surprise is that there are only two out of 10 – I’d love to hear Kraak and Smaak, another winner – what a great name. The award ceremony is today, hosted by Jools Holland. How much fun would that have been!