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A terrible admission I know, but I listen to music very rarely. I love the process of creating music. That's where I come alive. Sometimes, almost randomly, I do stumble upon something that really intrigues me, and I rediscover the power of it all over again.

Album: David Gray, Draw the Line, (Polydor)

Old wobbly-head is back with his songwriting as strong in places as it was circa White Ladder, the album that brought him to the attention of those living outside Ireland (where WL is still the biggest selling record of all time).

Album: David Gray, Draw the Line (Polydor)

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Preview: The Peace One Day Celebration, Royal Albert Hall, London

Bryan Adams, Annie Lennox and John Legend will be among the artists celebrating Peace Day at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 September. Appearing on stage alongside them will be the actor Jude Law, who will introduce a screening of a new documentary film, The Day After Peace, in which he stars.

Mercury Music Prize - sing when you're winning

As the Mercury Music Prize shortlist is revealed, Chris Mugan questions the value of such awards

Still going strong: the indestructible Eddy Grant

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Preview: Summer Series, Somerset House, London

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Mandela is free, but another star is in purgatory

The world has changed since 1986. But not that much. Back in the day, thousands of footsore opponents of South Africa's apartheid regime marched through south London to Clapham Common, where they settled back to enjoy a free concert to highlight their righteous cause. The event, a year after Live Aid, heralded a sea change in popular opposition to the Pretoria government. Today – two major Wembley concerts later – Nelson Mandela has been out of jail for 18 years, South Africa is putting its segregated past behind it and the former political prisoner is elevated to the status of the world's most revered statesman.

Cultural Life: Sophie Thompson, actress

Books: I must confess that I'm not a great reader. At the moment I'm reading my son's Stig of the Dump by Clive King and I've got a plant catalogue on the go. I have an allotment and I dream about plants. Whenever I go to my gran's house in Scotland I dip into the Kenneth Williams diaries.

Network Rail posts pre-tax profit of £747m

The state-backed Network Rail posted a profit for the first time yesterday, recording performance figures which mean that directors will receive bonuses worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each in the new year.

Terror group 'planned to behead Canadian premier'

The 17 men and youths arrested on terror charges in Canada at the end of last week had plans that extended to storming the parliament buildings in Ottawa, taking over television studios and beheading the country's newly elected Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, it has been alleged.

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