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

L&G sees end to bull market

Two leading investment institutions yesterday forecast an end to the boom in UK equities next year. Signs also emerged yesterday that the flood of cash into US mutual funds, the equivalent of unit trusts, was drying up.

JAZZ John Scofield / Michael Brecker RFH, London Jazz Festival

If it's true that the guitar can be made to talk, then John Scofield's instruments have a dialect all to themselves. Whether playing electric or acoustic guitars, every single note he makes is irreducibly his own, with the whole sound echoing his larger than life personality. On stage, Scofield comes on like one of the regulars from Cheers; endearingly open yet cynical, a tough, slightly grizzled exterior belying the sentimental old fool that lies within. The toughie gets to rock out in long solos - more jagged zig-zags than straight-ahead runs - where every accent is inflected and even the intersecting beats of silence seem custom-made. On his final number, he spanked the plank so thoroughly that by the end of the solo there was simply nothing left to say, other than a big, dumb "wow" (from us, not him).

Music / Ruf Usher Hall

There are two ways of looking at the performance of Emanuel Nunes's Ruf, given last Thursday by the BBC Scottish SO under Emilio Pomarico. If your views on contemporary music were formed in the 1960s or 1970s, and you believe that post-war modernism was and is the last word, then this was the highly significant UK premiere of a crucial work by a quintessential modern master.

Novotna's bronze consolation

For all the ambivalence that tennis' top performers show towards the Olympics, there is something they cannot take away from the competition. It is the only tournament where you can lose and still have something to play for.

SFA seeks powers to prosecute over lax management

New rules being considered today by the enforcement committee of the Securities and Futures Authority will make it easier to discipline senior executives of City firms that get into trouble.

Across the void Hubble sees the birth of stars

Stellar hurrucane: 42 million billion miles away and 7,000 years ago, the answers to cosmic mysteries are blowing in the wind

OBITUARY: Spencer Boney

Spencer Boney's thwarted performance of Islamey - engagingly reported by Paul Roberts [obituary, 8 September] - had a more fulfilling prelude twomonths earlier, writes Robert Maycock. It certainly looked odd to see the piece announced, during this year's Covent Garden Festival, at a concert of songs, arias and ensembles. But on strode Spencer Boney and the music duly occurred with full panache.

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After the flood come torrents of abuse

THE Libe cafe at Boven-Hardinxveld may look a little upmarket with its fancy purple counter tops and colour co-ordinated modern fittings, but the smell of chip fat and fried eggs gives it away as your average working class greasy spoon, made just that bit more plush by Dutch affluence. Despite the fancy appearance, the Libe is still the kind of place where locals from shipyards and factories gather before work to suck down black coffee and moan about the government. And during these days of floods, with no work to go to, sitting at thecafe and moaning is what the customers of the Libe do best.

CLASSICAL MUSIC / Review: Loud and lovely: Jan Smaczny on Simon Rattle's first concert of the season with the CBSO in Symphony Hall the start of the new CBSO season under Sir Simon Rattle in Symphony Hall

For all those inclined to dismiss Schoenberg as a talentless creator of musical messes, a suitable one-word riposte would be Gurrelieder. For here the man who, for some, ruined the tune, unleashes a torrent of melody arrayed in the richest late-romantic harmony and energised by an orchestral and contrapuntal technique which rivals that of Strauss. Not an instrumental line is attenuated and the work brims with emotion, wit and irony. It knocked the socks off its first audience in Vienna - more used to panning than praising Schoenberg, they were, on this occasion, all dressed up, but with nothing to boo at.

Letter: Who'll give the young fair hearings?

Sir: Your leading article ('Young devils and little angels: the facts', 24 August) is correct to identify popular misconceptions about the extent and severity of juvenile offending that have been fostered by some politicians and journalists.

MUSIC / Playing musical chairs: Nicholas Williams on Berio at the South Bank

Asked to write an orchestral work, you might begin with the loudest parts, the tuttis, and work out the rest from there. Luciano Berio does much the same thing in Formazioni. Being himself, however, he also rewrites the orchestra. Trumpets, trombones and tubas are placed either side of the stage. Flute and clarinets supplant violins, who are pushed back to where the woodwind should be.

Promotion to cost Hoover pounds 28m more than planned

HOOVER admitted yesterday that its ill-fated free flights offer had cost pounds 48m, more than double the pounds 20m it put aside a year ago to cover the cost of the promotion.

Golf: Torrents suit Torrance

COMPETITORS filled the Pals clubhouse in Spain yesterday, watching the rain ruin the pro-am warm- up for the Catalonia Open which starts today, but Sam Torrance, the defending champion, was not too bothered. The torrents favoured Torrance because he had been suffering from a back strain and he is convinced that the rest day's massage will stop this affecting his game.
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