Former Blur bassist Alex James has a new range of cheese

Alex James drinks range: Blur bassist trademarks comedy name‘Britpop’ for soda venture

Clever timing could see the Blur bassist capitalise on the power of pun in pop

The Child Of Lov dies, aged 26

The artist, who began his career anonymously, worked with Damon Albarn on his debut album

Blur at Primavera Sound Festival, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

“Say ‘hola’ to la luna,” says Damon Albarn, turning thousands of heads towards the full moon that is casting its beautiful glow, adding to a magical atmosphere.

Picture dated 1978 of British punk rockers from the band The Clash, Joe Strummer (R), Mick Jones (C) and Paul Simonon.

Rare early recordings by The Clash to be released

Unreleased songs from the first ever recording session by punk pioneers The Clash are to finally see the light of day.

Britpop rivals Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn perform together for cancer charity

Their Britpop rivalry was legendary, but Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn have put their musical differences aside to perform together in aid of a cancer charity.

Scott Hutchison, of Frightened Rabbit

My Fantasy Band: Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit

'Nick Cave is the quintessential frontman'

Aleksandra Kurzak

Review of 2012: Classical

Bobby Womack, The Forum, London

"I want to dedicate this song to all the lovers here tonight," explains the 68-year-old singer. This is the sort of ripe line that was perfectly acceptable in the early 1980s.

Is this a Branagh I see before me? Sir Kenneth to direct and star in Macbeth

Sir Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in a new production of Macbeth as part of next year's Manchester International Festival.

The News Matrix: Thursday 15 November 2012

Monogamy hormone stops men straying

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

First Listen: Damon Albarn's Radio Reunited broadcast

In a week when it has at times seemed to be tearing itself apart with blunders and recriminations, the BBC has came together at last.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 November 2012

Deadly snakes seized from truck

Albarn marks 90 years of BBC radio

Damon Albarn is to celebrate 90 years of radio with a three-minute composition to be played on every BBC station at the same time.

Blur performed last night on the main stage at the London Live Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park

Last Night: Blur, New Order and The Specials, London Live Closing Ceremony, Hyde Park

Old animosities are suspended for a party in the park

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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
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The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain