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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

Ray LaMontagne interview: From tortured soul to Ray of sunshine

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is a changed man

The return of the Madchester men: James are back

James are back with songs that explore sex, and the passing away of friends and family

Never mind the Sex Pistols... it's Hollie Cook

She’s the daughter of Johnny Rotten’s drummer, but Hollie Cook is more Lily Allen than Anarchy in the UK

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before