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Going solo: Feeder songwriter Grant Nicholas’s debut album is suffused with regret

He says that he still feels lucky to be able to do what he loves, but that there is much about being in a band he hates

Smart art: a cerebral tattoo featured in the book 'Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed' by Carl Zimmer

Scientists' tattoos: The formula for skin ink

A passion for their discipline has led many scientists to have a tattoo of a hard-won formula, or a dinosaur. Nick Duerden looks at a new book dedicated to the niche inky artworks

Junior masterchef: Luke Thomas at his restaurant, recently named the best in Berkshire

Luke Thomas's restaurant beat Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck to be named the best in Berkshire - and he's still just 20 years old

Thomas's first cookbook is packed with inspirational ideas. Nick Duerden speaks to a young man on the boil

Stromae: ‘Success is a gift and a handicap’

Stromae is Europe’s biggest pop star and his latest album is set to take him global – so why the frown? Nick Duerden finds out

Hodges (left in picture) says: 'Me and Dave have endured not only because we're great musicians, but because we know how to entertain'
Going to the dogfight: film-maker and opera director Penny Woolcock

Penny Woolcock: From pitbulls to prima donnas

Her latest gritty film project exposes the shady world of dog-fighting. So Penny Woolcock's other career – as an opera director – offers a welcome change, she tells Nick Duerden
Arresting work: James Bannon is writing a screenplay based on his experiences as an undercover police officer

James Bannon: From undercover cop to bestselling author

James Bannon tells Nick Duerden about his unconventional career, grappling with football hooligans and performing stand-up

Johnny Borrell, frontman of the band Razorlight and now a solo artist

Johnny Borrell interview: Razorlight's motormouth goes back to the day job

After a mixed reception for his solo album, Johnny Borrell has reformed Razorlight – minus several members – to fund his new band

An echo of greatness: Echo and the Bunneymen return

Ian McCulloch’s Bunnymen are back with a new album that he says – with typical bravado – is a classic

Cape expectations: Roísín Murphy

Roísín Murphy: Sing it back again

Roísín Murphy made her name with a string of club classics in the Nineties trip-hop duo Moloko. The singer tells Nick Duerden why she has been away for seven years and why a disco queen chose to make her comeback by covering Italian torch songs
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