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'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'

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Album: Barbra Streisand, Love Is the Answer (Columbia)

Despite their widely trumpeted achievements, the likes of Madonna and Mariah Carey have some way to go before they acquire the kind of career momentum wielded by Barbra Streisand, whose debut appeared in 1963 and whose last studio album – 2005's Guilty Pleasures, written and produced by Barry Gibb – sold more than 300,000 units in the UK alone.

Album: Barbra Streisand, Love Is the Answer, (Columbia)

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Hello, Dolly!, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

In the bloated 1969 film version of the musical Hello, Dolly!, even the flagrantly opulent sets didn't stand a chance against a screen-hogging Barbra Streisand in the title role. Samantha Spiro, fresh from her turn in Funny Girl has scary shoes to fill as the widowed busybody Dolly Gallagher Levi. She wears them lightly. Small, neat and budgerigar-like, she nips around, sticking her beak into everyone's affairs.

Matthew Norman: I can see it now: 'President Blair'

A new EU post is so perfectly suited to the former PM that it makes you wince

Music & Me: Little Boots

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The mogul who'll never eat lunch in Hollywood again

He kissed Barbra Streisand and Sharon Stone. But now the man who ran Sony Pictures is going to tell much more.

Porn star Marilyn Chambers died of heart disease

Porn star Marilyn Chambers, who was found dead at the age of 56 at her Los Angeles-area home in April, died of complications of heart disease, coroner's officials said yesterday.

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The honeymoon's over for gay newlyweds as Mormons lead revolt

California to vote on amendment that would outlaw same-sex unions

Allen Toussaint, Roundhouse, London

Allen Toussaint talks of his sporadic, unbought solo work and the royalties from the hits he's created for others with equal affection.

Album: Bobby Digital, Digi Snacks (Bodog)

Bobby Digital is the alter-ego of RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. This guise has acted as a repository for his more idiosyncratic, left-field ideas, with often stunning results.

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