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Councillor Harry Blakeley believes the airport could even be used for go-kart racing and kite boarding

Air Chief Marshall Sir Christopher Moran: Second-in-command of the Royal Air Force

The sudden death of Sir Christopher Moran, who collapsed while taking part in a triathlon at the age of 54, means the RAF has lost an officer who looked destined to lead the force. As Commander in Chief Headquarters Air Command, he was the RAF's second most senior officer. He was widely tipped to become Chief of the Air Staff, having risen steadily through the ranks since winning his wings in 1978.

Kings of Convenience - A musical marriage of convenience

Kings of Convenience are Norway's answer to Simon and Garfunkel – and have a tense dynamic to match. Rob Sharp meets them

Album: REM, Live at the Olympia in Dublin, (Warner Bros)

"This is not a show" we are told before a note is played. And it's true – this "experiment in terror" finds REM "rehearsing" new material and playing old favourites in front of a select audience.

Album: Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence (Source/Virgin)

Eirik Glambek Boe and Erlend Oye, a guitar-picking duo from Norway, inadvertently emerged as leaders of what was briefly known as the New Acoustic Movement with their 2001 debut Quiet Is the New Loud.

Album: Air, Love 2 (Virgin)

Love 2 is a return to the source for "Air French Band". (It's so much more satisfying to call them that awkward album-sticker name, don't you think? Just as the disambiguating "The London Suede" is actually a better name than Suede.)

Album: Reckoning – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, R.E.M., I.R.S./Universal

Reckoning was the album that confirmed R.E.M. as a special group, with reserves of creativity way beyond their peers in the US indie scene.

Album: The Mummers, Tale to Tell, (Big Bass Drum)

The Björk comparisons are going to get dull but at this point they're spot-on – although this is the Björk of "It's Oh So Quiet" rather than more, erm, experimental efforts.

Shock jocks: Voice of unreason

Glenn Beck is the fastest-rising star on American TV. He's part of a right-wing broadcasting boom that's become the most powerful opposition to the President. Guy Adams reports

Album: Röyksopp, Junior, (Virgin)

The first two seconds of Junior are laughter, which tells you more than words ever could about the overriding playfulness of the album.

Album: John Martyn, May You Never: The Very Best of John Martyn (Island)

For once, the epithet "Best Of..." almost rings true.

Röyksopp - A chilled duo find warmth

Röyksopp are known for their eerie and atmospheric instrumentals. The Norwegians tell James McNair why their latest album is full of pop songs

Album: Beck, Modern Guilt (XL)

All grown up, and still going strong

Album: Chris Biscoe Quartet, Gone in the Air (Trio)

Eric Dolphy, who died 44 years ago today, and whose 80th anniversary fell last week, was a Los Angeles born reeds player with a radical, oddly interior style and an interest in the outer extremities of sound.

Album: E.L.B. Dream Flight (Air)

E.L.B. are, respectively, drummer Pete Erskine, guitarist Nguyen Le and bassist Michel Benita. They're augmented by the reeds of Stephane Guillaume.

Album: Dead Air, Dead Air (Reveal)

Dead Air is the nom de disque of Rainy Orteca, the guitarist whose stints with the likes of Lou Reed, Joan Osborne and Antony & The Johnsons led to her current position as Joan Wasser's right-hand gal in Joan As Policewoman.

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