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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?