Tory election poster sparks complaints of racism from students and teachers

Staff and students at a multi-cultural sixth-form college in inner London have lodged complaints against a Conservative election poster on a billboard opposite its gates, claiming it is racist.

Let's hear it for hit singles...

This is a momentous week in the history of pop music. If the re-release of Elvis Presley's "One Night" goes to the top of the charts tomorrow, as expected, it will become the 1,000th Number One UK single. How fitting that The King, who has dominated the chart more than any other artist and blazed such an inspired trail in music, performance and behaviour, should claim that coveted slot.

Brighton rock: the Seagulls' South Coast sound kicks up a storm

Attila the Stockbroker talks to Mike Rowbottom about the record which promotes the club's campaign for a new stadium

Nick Townsend: Chimes are a-changing - for better or worse

Life down among the south coast football fraternity these days reminds you of those tacky tabloid revelations about liaisons between pop singers and "mod-dels" you've never heard of, but who have somehow achieved an ephemeral fame. Is it really true love? How long will it last? And then towards the inevitable and increasingly bitter end: How long before they finally split? The "Harry met Mandy" story has been a bit like that. And at the end of their two-and-a-half-year liaison, the question remains to be answered: who is really the love rat? Harry Redknapp or the Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric?

Donny Osmond: You Ask The Questions

Do you believe George Bush is a moral man, and did you vote for him? And have you ever experienced 'puppy love' for real?

The Beta Band, Academy, Glasgow

Although they spent the vast majority of their public life lurking just under the radar of the mainstream, as identifiable yet enigmatically nondescript as pale indie scenesters propping up the bar during a gig, the demise of The Beta Band leaves a hole in the UK's music scene. True mavericks are hard to come by, and each one that gives up on their struggle to do just what the bloody hell they want and get paid for it is one step closer to the neutering of popular music as the playground of bullish idealism.

Dizzee Rascal: Boy out da corner

He won the Mercury Music Prize, survived a stabbing, can rap 86 words in 15 seconds, and is about to release his second album. And he's still only 19. Garry Mulholland meets Dizzee Rascal

Album: The Prodigy

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, XL

Madonna, Manchester MEN Arena

Older, tamer but still mistress of the spectacle

Album: Shyne

Godfather Buried Alive, DEF JAM

PJ Harvey, Somerset House, London

Flailing, falling, and finally brimming with joie de vivre

Wanna be in my gang?

Another mobster drama hits the small screen this week. But, as Gerard Gilbert discovers, The Long Firm, with its mosaic portrait of a gay gangland boss in Sixties Soho, is no patsy to the Lock, Stock legacy

Designer twins crowned new kings of Milan

They are best pals with Christina Aguilera, hang out with Naomi Campbell, throw the hottest parties in Milan and count Lenny Kravitz as their "main man".

Album: Pink Grease

This Is for Real, Mute

A nude model, five bodies and the Mormon assassination plot attempt

This may be the year of the celebrity trial - Michael Jackson the King of Pop on child molestation charges, the basketball star Kobe Bryant accused of rape, the legendary record producer Phil Spector indicted for murder - but the kookiest, darkest, most grimly compelling court case in America may well be one that is receiving almost no media attention at all.

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