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Thorgerson: he had ‘high, sometimes infuriatingly high, standards,’ said Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

Storm Thorgerson: Graphic designer whose art was central to the work of Pink Floyd

He was a master of the kind of demanding and elaborate set-up that anticipated Photoshop

Former Black Sabbath member, British hard rock musician Ozzy Osbourne

Want bigger blooms? Blast your plants with Black Sabbath (and avoid playing Cliff Richard)

Garden guru Chris Beardshaw is recommending a new technique for bigger blooms - blast your plants with heavy metal.

Storm Thorgerson, the man behind Dark Side of the Moon cover art, dies aged 69

Storm Thorgerson, the artist and designer of some of the most distinguished album covers in history, has died. He was 69.

Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Album review: Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Exiles' Cafe was inspired by hearing Michael Sahl's “Tango from the Exiles' Cafe”, after which Lara Downes fantasised the location as a source of comfort for transplanted composers, represented by this series of piano miniatures.

Todd Rundgren, State (Esoteric Antenna)

Album review: Todd Rundgren, State (Esoteric Antenna)

State sees Todd Rundgren deliver his customary laconic commentaries on a world gone mad from behind a wall of rock, techno and dubstep riffs.

Simon Price on One Direction: One Direction - Before it all goes wrong, give Harry what he needs

A decent song, that is. Because it's only a matter of time before One Direction lose their way

The hidden victim of Chris Huhne's downfall

It was a blow for 'progressive' politics apparently, but is there such a thing any more? Plus, Wodehouse's war, and other Englishmen abroad

Simon Price on pop: Smiths' reborn rocker Johnny Marr is on the side of the angels

For a band routinely dismissed as effete, the Smiths were always a surprisingly muscular rock'n'roll entity, whose musical heft created the liberty for the gladioli-thrashing freak at the front to carry on camping. Like the Rolling Stones with Quentin Crisp as lead singer.

Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix (LLC/Sony)

People, Hell and Angels: New album of unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings reveal the guitar god's 'artistry'

If there were any doubts about the lingering force of fabled rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix more than four decades after his death, his latest release should put them to rest.

Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs
The box set – re-creating The Who’s 1964 gear

'Hope they buy before I get old': The ultimate gift for fans of The Who

The ultimate gift for middle-aged rockers: a £2,000 scale-model of The Who’s stage set-up

Tumblr blog Jim’ll Paint It posts several artworks created using Microsoft Paint a day

Jim’ll Paint It: The man who drew too much

Tumblr blog of the day (if not the year so far): Jim’ll Paint It. A man, presumably Jim, possibly with a lot of time on his hands, takes commissions for original artworks and posts several a day created using Microsoft Paint.Jim has an eye for the bizarre – and more detail than Paint should allow.

Album review: Gary Clark Jr, Blak and Blu (Warner Bros)

Anointed even by Obama as "the future", young Texan blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr is widely viewed as heir apparent to such legends as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a belief only partly confirmed by this debut album.

Keith Chegwin voted off Dancing on Ice

Television funnyman Keith Chegwin has become the latest celebrity to bow out of Dancing on Ice.

Rebecca Tyrrel: JD Wetherspoon is named after a teetotal geography teacher from New Zealand

Who knew that one of George Orwell's legacies to British culture is the JD Wetherspoon pub chain? Among the countless millions inspired by his work was Tim Martin, who was a young entrepreneur in 1976 when he read an Orwell article in the Evening Standard from 40 years earlier describing his perfect pub – free of music so that the customers could talk freely, selling cheap and nutritious food, serving its draught beer in pewter tankards, and where the friendly barmaids know your name (and they're always glad you came).

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect