Arts and Entertainment Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon (RCA)

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.

Nolan puts party funding on the agenda

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.

LETTER: British spurn call to rise and shine early

From Mr Donald MacNeill

Power shortage prompts calls for Grid inquiry

MARY FAGAN

OJ diversion seen as a cunning Tory ploy

It was like a rerun of that old Vick's Sinex advert featuring Malcolm and his blocked nose. At 6pm yesterday, everywhere in the Brighton conference centre people were tearing off in search of televisions, asking the question of anyone they passed: "What's the verdict?"

What's your line on referrals today?

From Mr Brian Wilson, MP

Needham seeking another job as director

COLIN BROWN

Ex-minister sparks row after taking GEC job

DONALD MACINTYRE

Brian Wilson - genius of pop. It's a bit of a cliche. But what does it mean? Barney Hoskyns on all the lonely madmen... and woman

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

A row has erupted between the Stock Exchange and the electricity regulator, Offer, over the alleged leak of a new price-cut formula into the stock market on Thursday, with a resulting surge in shares.

Heseltine reveals arms inquiry

COLIN BROWN

Labour fury over pay rise for gas regulator

The gas industry's regulator, Clare Spottiswoode, is to receive a backdated pay rise of pounds 16,275 taking her salary to pounds 90,000, Michael Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, announced last night.
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

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Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?