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Column One: Michael, you can run but you can't hide

AS MICHAEL PORTILLO scuttles past the gay rights protesters outside Kensington Town Hall tonight, to stake his claim for the nomination of the local Tories, he must wonder whether his admission, last month, of a gay past was wise.

Column One: Liberal Democrats lose their left wing on take-off

EARLY ARRIVALS at the Liberal Democrat conference in Harrogate were greeted by the sight of a bright yellow bubble car parked in prime position outside the conference hall. I have a vague memory that this appealing vehicle once featured in one of John Cleese's party political broadcasts for the Liberal Democrats, but even so it hardly seemed the most potent image for a party with a new driver at the wheel - cute, undoubtedly, but notoriously unstable when turning left or right.

Music: Revenge of the sound pirates

Trevor Horn and Paul Morley launched The Art of Noise on an unsuspecting world in 1983. Now they're back.

Music: Axaxaxas Mlo and other tall stories

Music THE SHOUT, SCANNER THE SPITZ LONDON

Pop: Slaves to the rhythm of the market

THE ORB ROYAL ALBERT HALL LONDON

Preview: Pop - The Orb

To celebrate 10 highly influential years of ambient acid madness which somehow managed to straddle both hippie and rave vibes, Dr Alex Paterson

Records: Ambient

Pussyfoot: Suck It and See (Pussy, double CD/LP). Authentically sleazy and cheesy collection of ambient-ish tracks on a sexual theme, by Howie B and diverse hands under the banner of the cult Pussyfoot collective. Seventies porn-movie samples (including dialogue), lounge-music sofa-snogging anthems, emphatically messy kitsch theme-tunes, and a guiding template that stretches from soggy techno to throbbing drum and bass make this a hot-date soundtrack that only the very brave or foolhardy will be willing to risk. The pressing plant evidently considered this recording to be so obscene that they remain anonymous. Tosmio Nakanishi's faux-naif artwork could well become collectable.

Music: Andy Gill's album round-up

CALEXICO The Black Light

The diary of Emma D May: Return of the undead

SUNDAY 12.01am: "What is evil?" says Dylan. Great. Like we really need to get into some sort of philosophical debate when we're this much off our heads. "Margaret Thatcher is evil," I say, with a bizarre trippy rush off the pills we've all had that makes me think for a moment that she's walking through the club past me. Transpires to be someone's elderly mother, who has got lost looking for toilets. "Excuse me, dear," she says. "I'm a little lost. I came here to see my son who is a deejay of ambient house music, I believe it is called." Think of Mark Thatcher DJing and shake head to dispel image. Woman looking madly about: "Have you seen him?" I shrug. "I should try the DJ booths if I were you," I shout over the music. "There's one on every floor." Mrs T smiles benignly. "What a lovely polite girl you are. Perhaps you would escort me to the one on this floor, only I seem to keep getting so lost and it's so very hot in here." Smile sweetly at her. "Actually," I say. "We were just having a philosophical discussion about good and evil." Mrs T nods, "Yes, terrible that Mary Bell business. She ought to be outed you know. Let the vigilantes deal with her, I say..." Dylan grins as we pass him (decide on reflection that getting rid of her at the DJ booth is best option). "See you've pulled, Emma... "

When opposite forces attract

Classical music: London Sinfonietta / Martyn Brabbins

Music: Classical: Those who can't , shouldn't. Those who can, cantiga

Catherine Bott has long been the reigning queen of early music. Now she's moving into a New Age. Nick Coleman enjoys a sample of the soprano's down-to-earth delights.

Letter: Unfair test

Unfair test

WIN...

Following on from the success of last month's Whirl-Y-Gig launch at London's Forum comes the next instalment tomorrow night, when avant- garde rock band Gong are the special guests. The London Eye has four pairs of tickets to give away for tomorrow night's gig together with four copies of Gong's new album.

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