Arts and Entertainment Paul McGuinness at the 'Breakfast on Pluto' film premiere in Dublin, 2006

Band manager is stepping down at the age of 62. Nick Hasted looks back at an incredible career

New U2 album 'within months'

You wait five years for a U2 album, then two come along at once.

Album: U2, No Line on the Horizon (Interscope)

Bono does Dylan, Reed, Springsteen ... and himself

Big boy Bono rocks the playground

U2 frontman attacks 'dysfunctional' Coldplay singer

Janet Street-Porter: Why can't I get a decent meal out these days?

While skilled chefs such as Anthony Worrall Thompson and Tom Aikens are high-profile casualties of the recession, another kind of cuisine is flourishing – cheap fast food. Offers that customers can download from the internet have enabled chains such as Pizza Hut, Strada and PizzaExpress to thrive. KFC plan to open 250 new restaurants employing 9,000 people. Subway is creating 7,000 new jobs in 600 outlets in the UK and Ireland.

The Killers, 02 Arena, London

Flowers' powers put to the test

Christopher Nolan: Irish author who overcame cerebral palsy to win the Whitbread Prize at the age of 21

With the three acclaimed books he produced, Christopher Nolan proved himself a significant Irish literary figure. With his lifelong struggle against cerebral palsy he proved himself a man of almost superhuman fortitude and tenacity.

Will U2 be the saviours of the music industry?

Five years on from their last record, U2 have hauled Bono away from his saving-the-world duties long enough to finish their twelth studio album. But will it win them any new fans – and can their return bail out a bealeagured industry?

Hit & Run: A very tall story

Saturday is Valentine's Day, the 20th anniversary of the day Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa against Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses. And while enlightened commentators pick over the significance of the novel, the row, and the ramifications for Islam and the West, how is the author coping with this reminder of his near-death experience? Oh, look – he's at a party with a sultry actress.

Economic summit: When Davos freezes over...

It is usually an opportunity for the rich and the powerful to pat each other on the back. Not this year, reports Sean O'Grady

Larry Ryan - Caught in the net

David Byrne's website, www.david byrne.com, is one of the most celebrated sites by any musician.

From A-lister to Aid worker: Does celebrity diplomacy really work?

"Rock stars," asked Homer Simpson, with his customary sagacity, "is there anything they don't know?" Only these days, of course, it's not just rockers but movie stars and businessmen – and indeed anyone with an above-average public profile – who, for one reason or another, are intent on telling the rest of us how the world should be changed for the better.

Rob Partridge: Head of Press at Island Records who made a legend of Bob Marley

When Bob Marley performed at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, in April 1978, forcing together the hands of the island's leading politicians, popular music finally seemed to bridge social and economic quandaries. The image of Marley flanked by the Prime Minister Michael Manley and the opposition leader Edward Seaga flashed around the world, transmogrifying the Jamaican singer into an iconic figure more akin to Che Guevara than a musician.

Hits and misses: 15 years of MTV Europe Music Awards

Richard Godfrey, the mastermind behind the show, looks back on its best moments.

U2 album delayed

U2 still haven't found what they're looking for with their new album - it has been delayed until early 2009.

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

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