Life and Style A ruling which banned Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

Charlie Sheen's Two and a Half Men funeral

The 'Two and a Half Men' season premiere will feature Charlie Harper's funeral.

Album: Joby Talbot, Tide Harmonic (Signum Classics)

The former Divine Comedian's latest project is an engrossing concept album about water, evoked in its various elemental states across a five-part suite bookended with a brief orchestral torrent supplanted by the resonant ringing of Tibetan temple bowls.

Explosions in the Sky, Roundhouse, London

For most bands, the microphone is the focal point of a show, the vessel through which lyrics can be sung and thanks given. For the Texan band Explosions in the Sky, however, it is little more than a distraction. Used for a brief hello and goodbye, the mic stands on one side while the four-piece tear through a set filled with emotions and ideas for which words seem insufficient.

Album: Lyrics Born, As U Were (Decor)

This latest set from Californian DJ/rapper Tom Shimura shifts restlessly between styles, from the Tom Tom Club-ish electro-funk hip-hop groove of "Kontrol Phreak" to the more Earth, Wind & Fire-flavoured soul of "Coulda Woulda Shoulda", but doesn't lose its sense of unity thanks to Shimura's delivery, which blends urgency with a languid, throwaway manner.

Album: Various Artists, Cumbia Beat Vol 1 (Vampi Soul)

Back in the late Sixties, when Western pop culture was turning paisley, something similar was happening in Peru, paralleling the Tropicalismo movement revolutionising Brazilian music.

Album: Jim Moray, In Modern History (NIAG)

Moray's elision of folk and pop is self-conscious but increasingly confident, as if the further he gets from the source, the more he enjoys riding the river of song.

Bridge reunifies flood town

A town that was split in two after a bridge was washed away by floods has been brought together again for the first time in five months.

Ukraine PM attacks 'coward' rival

Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko relished a solo performance on television last night, heaping insults on arch foe Viktor Yanukovych after he shunned a prime-time debate with her ahead of a presidential run-off.

The future starts here

2010. It sounds so futuristic, doesn’t it? And given the torrent of hi-tech tricks coming our way this year, it looks like we’ll be playing with the toys of tomorrow today (well, some time in the next 12 months at least...) Motioncontrol will finally be at our fingertips, whatever console we use.

Album: The Necks, Silverwater (ReR)

Everyone's favourite Australian improvising trance-jazz trio return with a piece supposedly named after an industrial suburb of Sydney best known for its prison.

Pirate Bay sale sinking fast

Global Gaming Factory X AB, the small Swedish software firm that planned to buy popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, says the takeover now looks "uncertain."

Wedlock, By Wendy Moore

Beginning with a bloody duel and the deathbed marriage of one of the combatants, this torrent of a biography sweeps the reader along in a scarcely credible story that maintains its hectic pace for the next 400 pages.

David Flatman: Rule of thumb: stick to pizza if you want a slice

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

The top ten most pirated eBooks of 2009

Don’t look at this list if you want to believe that the Internet is feeding a hunger for a deeper kind of learning. The 10 books most downloaded on BitTorrent (a free file-sharing application) this year do not include titles by Victor Hugo or Emily Brontë (or even Dan Brown or J.K. Rowling).

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