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Beth Ditto

Pandora: Sir Fred's unlikely promise still holds

It is, as they say, the final insult. Nearly six months after Sir Fred Goodwin resigned as chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland following its costly government bailout, not to mention the disclosures that he is to receive a £703,000-a-year pension, we face the prospect of seeing his signature on our bank notes for two more months.

Songs of freedom

A double CD celebrating independent music in the UK is released today, on which established names promote up-and-coming bands.

Album: The Gossip, Live In Liverpool (Columbia)

The week's other live album doesn't feature an intrusive film director – but then, with Beth Ditto shouting "This is for the faggots!" before one track and "This is for the dykes!" before the next, it hardly requires commentary.