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While Laura Mvula deserves credit for blending her Caribbean heritage with her classical training, Sing to the Moon is far from the masterpiece some claim.

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America's forgotten punk visionary sits suspiciously in the corner of his local pub, waiting to tell his story again. David Thomas has been living in Hove for a year now. His huge frame is in a crumpled grey jacket, his pet whippet sliding around him. The controlled rage of his band Pere Ubu's 1975 debut "Heart of Darkness" seems far away. Then he mentions the Test match - at that stage the result was looking iffy.

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Carl Wilson, Beach Boy founder of surfin' style, dies

Carl Wilson, one of the founding members of the The Beach Boys, has died aged 51. Clare Garner reports on the man who dedicated his life to fun, fun, fun, right up until the very end.

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Bullying inquiry in Western Isles

Government inspectors are to visit a school in the Western Isles which has been at the centre of serious bullying allegations. The scottish education minister, Brian Wilson, yesterday announced that a special inspection would be carried out at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway.

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Open defiance on single currency

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Panic stations in Smith Square

The Conservative campaign team threw away its script yesterday, in a move which made the party's media strategy appear increasingly panicky.

Speaker calls order on House bleepers

The Speaker of the Commons, Betty Boothroyd, yesterday acted to stop the intrusion of message pagers in the chamber of the House.

Nature quango denies paying off laird

A Highland laird whose family estate will receive pounds 129,000 from the taxpayer for not clear-felling precious woodlands is to leave the board of the Government's nature adviser, Scottish Natural Heritage, which agreed the payment.

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Yorkshire's pounds 145m payout triggers row

Yorkshire Water caused more controversy yesterday by announcing a scheme to hand back pounds 145m to shareholders in a move postponed for two years after the 1995 drought scandal.
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