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Uni societies: join the club

Natalie Truswell gets the lowdown on a selection of award-winning societies

What's on: London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture runs until 20 July at various locations around the capital. Here are some of the highlights.

Festivals for free

There are still ways of getting to see your favourite bands at this summer’s festivals if you are willing to work for it.

Film review: Lions for lambs

America’s War on Terror is the thorny issue at stake here in a film which uses its various plot strands to take on American foreign policy, a celebrity-obsessed media and the apathy of youth in American society.

Music festivals: What's on summer 2008

The ultimate guide to this year's best British music festivals

Film review: The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson is the king of quirky comedies and his latest offering is both brilliant and infuriating.

Modern Miss

Online TV show ‘KateModern’ has made a star of Tara Rushton. She tells Dan Poole about becoming a success in the UK.

Interview: Alex Zane

Most of you will recognise Alex Zane from Popworld, Channel 4’s Sunday morning music show. Quite a few of you will recognise him as the quizmaster from Balls of Steel, the comedy show – also on Channel 4.

Interview: C4’s ‘Freshly squeezed’ Rick Edwards

The latest fresh-faced attitude-laden presenter to take up the T4 baton is none other than Mr Rick Edwards. Straight out of the Steve Jones school of chiselled jaws and witty banter, you can watch him weekday mornings fronting Freshly Squeezed on Channel 4 with the ever lovely Alexa Chung.

Music review: James - Hey Ma

If Hey Ma marks the return of James into the national consciousness, it does so with great aplomb and, perversely, sentimental devotion to the time that originally spawned the group.

Music review: The Courteeners - St.Jude

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actively dislike the Courteeners. In fact, it might actually be impossible to dislike a band with a chorus that goes “What took you so long/ Was there a queue at the post office?”

Music review: Youthmovies - Good Nature

An unusual band, Youthmovies specialise in what can only be described as indie/prog. The Oxford five-piece sound like a cross between Tool and the Arctic Monkeys, or perhaps the offspring of Battles and Babyshambles with added trumpets.

Music review: Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

This band have been around for a while; since 1991, in fact. In that time they always seem to have skirted the edge of the public’s consciousness.

Music review: Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha

Supergrass were on the scene back when Britpop was an exciting new era of UK music, rather than a derogatory term muttered in the same breath as Girl Power. In fact, much like that of the Spice Girls, this return to the spotlight smacks of trying to reclaim past glories.

Film review: Once

You’ve never seen a musical like this before, although I use that word loosely: if you’re after show tunes, stick to Chicago. Once is about a chance meeting of two kindred spirits who come together because of their love of music.

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