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Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane watch their team make a winning start

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It was one of those curious nights when events on the sidelines were always going to be more telling than those on the pitch, but Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can at least take plenty of encouragement from a statement first win in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The new regime got off to a fine start with a commanding win over Latvia.

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Tonight we have come expecting the casual, ramshackle charm and strangely whimsical grace of Babyshambles circa 2009 and Grace/Wastelands but the band’s new album, Sequel to the Prequel seems almost unnaturally controlled and surprisingly vibrant.

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The singer has pulled his book due to a 'last-minute content disagreement'

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Newspaper claimed the former Oasis singer fathered a child during a one-night stand

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Hey big spender: Never mind the tabloid tales - Viv Nicholson defines 1960s chic

Viv Nicholson. You've either no idea who I'm going on about, or no idea why I'm going on about her, especially on the fashion pages. In 1961, Viv won £152,300, 18 shillings, and 8 pence – the equivalent of a cool £3m today – on the football pools. When the press asked Viv what she planned to do with the money, she famously declared "Spend, spend, spend". That epithet became Viv's epitaph: it's also the title of her autobiography, a musical based on said tome, and an EP penned by her brother.

“This sure does remind me of the New Jersey shoreline,” Jon Bon Jovi remarks

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