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The rapper will join Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars at the February event

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Glastonbury 2013: Thousands queue overnight for Britain's biggest music festival (praying that the rain stays away)

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I'd love to see the shooting schedule for the Apprentice second unit crew. After eight series, the rhetorical flourishes in the programme have become so predictable now that you feel they could film all the nuts and bolts with which the narrative is held together in a single busy day. So 10.00 to 10.30 would be spent on Karen Head Shakes and another half an hour after that on Nick's Wincing and Brow Furrowing.

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For the vinyl obsessive, camping outside one of the UK’s remaining independent record shops, today is the equivalent of Stella McCartney launching a limited edition high-street collection for fashion bargain-hunters.

'Literate' baboons can tell genuine words from nonsense

It may not be quite the same as producing the complete works of Shakespeare, but baboons have shown they can master one of the basic elements of literacy.

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Police presence to be maintained

The high numbers of police officers on the streets will be "sustained" until further notice, the Home Secretary said today.

Album: The Bottletop Band, Dream Service (Bottletop)

This loose supergroup assembled by "fourth Beastie Boy" Mario Caldato Jnr in aid of fair trade/youth development charity Bottletop combines Brazilian musicians with Brits such as Tim Burgess, Eliza Doolittle and assorted Arctic Monkeys. It's a mixed bunch, from outright samba to subtly Amazonian indie-funk. Gruff Rhys, who has form for Brazilian flavours (from SFA's "Northern Lites" to his Tony Da Gatorra collaboration), proves the pick with the psycho-tropical title track.

Arctic Monkeys, Roundhouse, London

Arctic Monkeys' six years of success shows in their singer's posture. When "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" made them a phenomenon in the last months of 2005, Alex Turner hunched his head as if he was wading into a hurricane. That difficult musical adolescence was smoothly survived. Now, already promoting the band's fourth album, Suck It And See, he is an urbane, straight-backed young millionaire, character and creativity seemingly intact. The withering working-class reportage of debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, with its Alan Sillitoe-derived title, was dumped as soon as he left that world. The band's wider cultural resonance went with it, replaced by a more hermetic curiosity in the intricacies of songcraft. Each album since has been a little bit different... and a little bit worse.

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