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The Duke of Cambridge joined the musicians on stage for the finale

Album: Seth Lakeman, Poor Man's Heaven (Relentless)

There can't be many UK folk singers who can shift 100,000 copies of an album, as Seth Lakeman did with 2006's Freedom Fields – and judging by the tenor of Poor Man's Heaven, Lakeman may be only as temporarily beholden to the notoriously purist folk scene as Bob Dylan was in 1965.

Rock legend Bo Diddley dies in Florida

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, who made hit songs powered by the relentless "Bo Diddley beat" that influenced rockers from Buddy Holly to U2, died today at the age of 79.

Eriksson's exit risks plunging City into meltdown

With the Swedish manager set to be sacked next week, a number of the club's brightest talents could decide to leave with him, writes Michael Walker

Motor insurance premiums to soar

Norwich Union lifts rates by up to 40 per cent and urges other car insurers to follow suit

Obituary: Bruce Fairbairn

RECORD PRODUCERS can create their own sound a la Phil Spector or do their utmost to enable artists to shine like George Martin with the Beatles. The Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn, often called the "king" of heavy metal producers or "the schoolteacher" for his focused, methodical approach, belonged to the enabling school. "My job is to help a band create the album they want to make," he told interviewers.

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Seagram in talks with PolyGram

SEAGRAM, the Canadian drinks and entertainment group whose takeover talks with EMI were abruptly terminated by the British company last week, has switched its attentions to PolyGram, the world's largest music group whose roster of artists includes Elton John, Bon Jovi and Luciano Pavarotti.

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Grief is deeper than movies; CINEMA

Go And See Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (15), and you'll witness a rare event. Without resorting to melodrama or contrivance, Egoyan demonstrates what most directors take great pains to obscure: that people are more complicated than most movies would suggest. And he does this by making a series of devastatingly simple points: that one powerful emotion can transmute into another, and perhaps back again; that grief is more complex than state justice; that children are infinitely precious, and their loss is the most difficult form of bereavement to endure.

Rock: The Bon Jovi of the rehab clinic

Acclaimed in some quarters as a masterpiece, Dust (Epic), the latest album by the Screaming Trees, is not a life-changing, mould-breaking record, but it does have an unusual quality, and for a while I couldn't put my finger on it. Then I realised. That unusual quality was ... quality. Here we have a Seattle band who were caught up in the grunge maelstrom, and yet they haven't copied Nirvana; they haven't gone messy and lo-fi, or rootsy and acoustic, or cartoony and dumb; they haven't descended into the grinding ponderousness of heavy metal, or got lost amid the absurd excesses of prog rock. Their eighth album (probably the first they remember making, bearing in mind their recently curtailed drug intake) is a well- produced collection of intense, melodic rock anthems that is not vitiated by an urge to be either mainstream or alternative. The Trees have bloomed into the Bon Jovi of the rehab clinic.

Is she really going out with him?

Can't find your equal as a mate? Don't worry, down-dating is all the rage, reports

bazaar: Bestsellers Top 10 calendars

If you though calendars were the preserve of people who like pictures of "The cat in Impressionist paintings" or "Bird Table Birds", think again. Britain's favourite calendars are all of pop and footy stars and gorgeous pouting blondes, and bought presumably by a fairly young market. Surprisingly, too, the calendar market has grown by 250 per cent in the past five years. Seven out of 10 of our favourite calendars are made by Danilo

an INDEPENDENT week

It will be dry until Wednesday, then frost, with rain in the North- east and the South-west on Tuesday. Whatever, here's an eclectic look at what you could possibly do, see, or buy this week ...

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