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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

The Bonus Track: Old school Oasis, Summer Camp and Neil Young

A sideways look at the world of music

The novel cure: Loss of face

Literary prescriptions for modern ailments

'The only thing she wanted me to perceive is that she is happy': Sister reunited with alleged London 'slave' victim after more than 40 years

Kamar Mahtum had not seen her sister Aishah Wahab since 1968 but flew in from Malaysia after hearing that she had been released from 'a Maoist sect'

London slavery case: Maoist sect leader Comrade Bala claimed he was 'Jesus Christ'

Former activist claims charismatic leader persuaded female followers  to put him before their own families

Police guard the flats being investigated in connection with an alleged slavery case

London 'slaves' case: Couple arrested ran Communist sect in the 1970s

Both were arrested last week, accused of keeping three women as domestic slaves

Fringe benefits: Mary Quant having her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon in 1964

TV review: Bouffants, Beehives and Bobs: the Hairstyles That Shaped Britain

From Swinging Sixties salons to unisex fashion, this stylish show made the cut

Fallon's advice to shop around for a cheaper tariff will not be appreciated by families

A local solution to energy bills, a new word, a farewell to floral designs and a phantom at the opera

Michael Fallon, the Energy Minister, has advice for customers angry at SSE's whopping 8.2 per cent hike in fuel bills: switch to another firm. In one of the more nakedly cynical moves by one of the Big Six, the nation's second-largest energy company is putting up bills by an average of £111 a year three weeks after Ed Miliband pledged to freeze prices if elected.

Come dine with us: The restaurant with lots of bars (and plenty of prisoners too)

100-seater The Clink promises 'unforgettable experience' at Brixton jail

London's last ever home for less than £100,000? Rundown Brixton studio flat goes on the market for just £99,500

In a city where a single parking space was valued at £300,000 earlier in the month, this Brixton studio has been put on the market for less than six-figures

Community support officers stand guard at an address in Elstead House where police are investigating a stabbing incident

Man arrested after woman is stabbed to death and two others injured in Brixton

A man with knife allegedly killed one woman and injured two others in a stabbing rampage with children metres away.

Review: Firefly, By Janette Jenkins

Noël’s voice rings true in elegiac prose

Fatai Rolling Dollar: Pioneer of highlife music

Fatai Rolling Dollar was a guitarist, percussionist, singer and songwriter. In a career that spanned some 64 years, he did a great deal to popularise highlife music in Nigeria, especially during his most active period in the 1960s and 1970s. He emerged in the 1950s but subsequently suffered three and a half decades in the wilderness before making a comeback, topped off with guest appearances on Tony Allen's 2005 album Lagos No Shaking.

A convicted thief is suing the Metropolitan Police for discrimination

Community support officer sues Metropolitan Police for discrimination after she didn't mention criminal record on job application

Rachida Sobhi claims she did not reveal her criminal record due to amnesia

Sean Rigg died while in police custody in 2008

Police treatment of the mentally ill case study: Sean Rigg died after being restrained with 'unsuitable force'

Sean Rigg, a musician who died shortly after being arrested by police, had a 20-year history of mental illness.

Greatest Knits

iStyle: Greatest knits

Gabicci first found favour with the ‘casual’ scene of the 1970s. Now it’s celebrating being back in fashion, says Paul McKenzie

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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