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Lord Nolan is encouraging the setting up of an inquiry into the funding of political parties, after the election.

Ex-minister accused of job `scandal'

The former transport minister Steven Norris is set to take a job heading a private bus company, it emerged yesterday as Labour condemned a "jobs- for-the-boys" scandal.

The High Llamas Hawaii Alpaca Park CD WOOL 2

There may, I suppose, be some value in replicating on modern equipment the kind of sophisticated arrangements Brian Wilson devised on primitive Sixties machines for Pet Sounds and Smile. But homage aside, it's hard to tell what deeper value resides in Hawaii, on which Sean O'Hagan's High Llamas have painstakingly constructed a pioneer fantasy in the rococo- naive style of Wilson and Van Dyke Parks - a first cousin to the pair's Orange Crate Art and Parks' Discover America, perhaps, though lacking the latter's sly humour.

Railtrack cash `waste' storm

RAILTRACK was at the centre of a new storm last night after leaked documents revealed extravagance, waste and mismanagement in its Major Projects Division. Labour called for the privatisation of the firm to be suspended after Railtrack admitted some working practices in the department had been "unacceptable".

Pop Tindersticks/ Baby Bird/ High Llamas/ Sparklehorse The Astoria, London

It's rare enough these days that you find two decent bands on the same bill, let alone four. So hats off to the New Musical Express and their "Brats" awards for staging this splendidly eclectic showcase of maverick rock talent. Anyone tiring of the relentless media merry-go- round of Britpop would have done well to be there.

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From Mr Donald MacNeill

Power shortage prompts calls for Grid inquiry

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OJ diversion seen as a cunning Tory ploy

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From Mr Brian Wilson, MP

Needham seeking another job as director

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Ex-minister sparks row after taking GEC job

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One of the key moments in I Just Wasn't Made For These Times, record producer Don Was's black-and-white film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, is a sequence of home-movie footage accompanied by a home- recorded demo of a song called "Still I Dream Of It".

Offer was told that formula might leak

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Heseltine reveals arms inquiry

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Labour fury over pay rise for gas regulator

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