News Chris Hadfield has agreed to take on the role of cultural ambassador for Ireland

Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

Story of the Song: Space Oddity, David Bowie (1969)

Major Tom, David Bowie's first musical alter ego, shot to fame in "Space Oddity".

The Word On... Franz Ferdinand, the new album

"'Tonight' is an exciting record for what it could potentially spell for Franz Ferdinand's future – from here, you could easily imagine the band further exploring electro-house productions, or stripping their sound down and making a folk record, or delving into tropical laptop-tronic pop." - http://www.pitchforkmedia.com

Franz Ferdinand, Heaven, Under the Arches, London

Old favourites keep Franz's fans frenzied

Owen Frampton

Art-teacher father of Peter Frampton whose pupils also included the future David Bowie

The Awful End Of Prince William The Silent by Lisa Jardine

The assassination of a busted flush

Patrick Duff: Strangeness and charm

Patrick Duff went from chart success to rehab. Now he has a new album out. Phil Meadley meets the singer-songwriter

Album: Brian Eno

Another Day on Earth, OPAL/HANNIBAL

Paul the fall guy as England pay for Robinson's blunder

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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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