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It's a documentary that promises to be fascinating – but you'd be well-advised not to watch it over dinner.

Billy Strange: Guitarist with the Wrecking Crew

The record companies in Los Angeles and Hollywood in the 1960s found Billy Strange a useful musician for a session. He could sing, play guitar, arrange and conduct and he would do whatever was asked of him very effectively. The drawback was him telling others if he thought they were wrong, leading to the industry joke, "Have you seen the Billy Strange doll? You wind it up and it takes over the session."

American reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has died in eastern Syria after slipping into the country to report on the uprising against its president.

EU free-trade pact moves closer

India and the European Union have agreed to speed up negotiations for a long-anticipated free trade pact, aiming to seal an deal later this year that would nearly double their trade with each other.

The Pitchfork Disney, Arcola, London

It's the twenty-first anniversary of Philip Ridley's The Pitchfork Disney, the play that is often credited as being the started point of the 1990s "In-Yer-Face" school of writing.

More girls having under-age sex

More than one in four young women first have sex below the age of 16 - a greater proportion than previous generations, figures suggest.

Sir David Jack

Further to your obituary of Sir David Jack (9 December), Fifers are famous for dogged determination, writes Tam Dalyell.

New treatment for late-phase asthma

A new treatment could prevent delayed asthma attacks, which can occur several hours after exposure to allergens, a study showed today.

Warning over rise of deaths in pregnancy

Women are dying needlessly from conditions that develop or worsen during pregnancy because of a shortage of specialist doctors.

Album: Helado Negro, Canta Lechuza (Asthmatic Kitty)

The impeccably hip credentials of HN's Roberto Carlos Lange (exotic Ecuador to Florida to Brooklyn background; he's an artist doing a "project"; album recorded in the middle of a field in Connecticut, etc) are rather at odds with the wonderfully gloopy Latin-cheese of this Spanish language, old school synth-session's best tracks.

Air pollution killing tens of thousands each year

Pollution in the air is leading to an invisible public health crisis that kills tens of thousands of Britons each year and shortens the lives of nearly 200,000 others, according to experts.

Album: Cocknbullkid, Adulthood (Moshi Moshi/Island)

In all the year-end fuss about Jessie J, Clare Maguire, etc, Anita Blay, aka CocknBullKid, seems to have been largely overlooked – a criminal oversight, as her debut Adulthood suggests she may be the most idiosyncratically talented young British artist of her era.

Video: Dr Hilary Jones on the dangers of Asthma

Dr Hilary Jones and Toby Anstis highlight the importance of considering asthma as an important condition

GPs' poor asthma training 'risks lives'

Lives of asthma patients are being put at risk due to a lack of adequate training among GPs, a charity has warned.

Anti-smog buildings could be the future, as pollution soars

Britain may face EU courts over poor air quality, but tests on new 'sponge-like' materials offer hope

Jeremy Laurance: Asthma sufferers beware: the dangers are all too real

Ozone produced by the action of sunlight on vehicle pollution causes smog, and is a particular threat to asthma sufferers, contributing to tens of thousands of serious attacks each year and hundreds of deaths.

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As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
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Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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