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Liam Gallagher feels his brother Noel made Oasis look like "Culture Club on s**t acid" in their videos.
Music: I'm digging Laura Marling, Nocturne The Blonde, Hurts, Sister Crayon, Chairlift and, of course, the gorgeous Adele who has a touch of Dusty Springfield about her. My Spotify playlist goes from Glasvegas to Jimmy Scott, lots of David Bowie from all decades and even a dash of Julio Iglesias and Goran Bregovic! Oh, and Timi Yuro, who seems to have been forgotten but what a voice!
Forget socks and sandals: Clarks has long since given fustiness a good kicking thanks to the retro chic of its Originals line. Its spring/summer 2011 collection is especially inviting, with limited-edition versions of designs including funky variations on its desert boot (below) and Laura Ashley providing pastels, prints and whimsy. Modishly, the line will be housed from tomorrow until 20 February in its own pop-up shop in the Clarks Piccadilly branch, which will also host a roster of up-and-coming bands and DJs.
Antony and the Johnsons' new album features a revealing book of art by Antony Hegarty. He tells Elisa Bray about growing up an outsider
Advice offered for Diane Abbott, Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and David Miliband
Mark Ronson has a gift for catchy collaborations. Ahead of a new album, which features stars young and old, Elisa Bray finds out what it's like to work with the industry's most in-demand producer
My parents were ... kind, caring, and not too nosy. My mother, Glenis, was a nursery nurse, and ended up working as a special-needs' class assistant. My father, Brian, was the manager of a lace factory in Nottingham.
The Eighties wasn't just about trouble and strike: how could it be with New Romantics, a Royal Wedding and time-travelling cops?
The singer Rufus Wainwright wore a tartan suit designed by Jonathan Anderson to the after party for the London premiere of his debut opera, Prima Donna, saying that it was his own tribute to the late Malcolm McLaren.
A year after his release from prison, Boy George is enjoying a renaissance. Two years clean, playing to packed-out audiences, with a new single out, and a biographical BBC film on the way, he is finally ready to admit he has grown up. Just don't ask if he's sorry for anything...
Essex student Joe Bennett, 16, wants to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in America this summer with three other students and a teacher from his school.
Thank you for the music (but not so sure about the interactive Abba holograms)
Former Culture Club singer goes on trial for false imprisonment
The Karma Chameleon is touring, and at the same time trying to put his life back together again despite another court case, writes Christina Patterson
Sweaty and sleepless nights for ITV Meridian's head of current affairs, Steve McDonnell, whose Royal Television Society award for The Good Food Chain was stolen during last week's ceremony at the Novotel Southampton (he insists he wasn't at the grog).
Friends said the former frontman of Culture Club, who was convicted of heroin possession in 1986, was protesting his innocence as he prepared to return to the UK last night. But he will have to return to New York in December to answer the charges.