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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?

Property stocks 'will rally by 20 per cent in first half'

Shares in listed property companies will rally by at least 20 per cent in the first half of this year, analysts at Morgan Stanley forecast yesterday, arguing that the state of the sector is "so bad, it's good". The report provided welcome respite for bombed-out property stocks, which rose sharply following its publication.

BBC stands by Graham Norton in drugs row

Campaigners lambast TV host for praising ecstasy as 'fantastic'

Ronaldo at the double as Brazil overwhelm club team

The world champions Brazil warmed up in style for next month's jamboree in Germany with an 8-0 romp over a Lucerne select side in front of a capacity 30,000 crowd at the St Jakob stadium in Basle last night.

Sunday stroll suits revived Henman

This has always been a city that combines respect for history with a belief in innovation - it is hard to imagine another major capital erecting a modern glass pyramid outside one of its most historic buildings - and it was no surprise when the French Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to start on a Sunday.

Howell's runaway win propels him into the world élite

A golf writer of yore once famously described a runaway triumph as "a one-horse procession". Well, everybody knew what he meant and even if a few have since been scratching their heads then David Howell gave them the most glorious explanation possible here yesterday.

Equestrianism: Skelton's victory on Arko III brings hope of British revival

Nick Skelton became the first British winner of the Rome Grand Prix since Malcolm Pyrah triumphed here 31 years ago. For good measure Michael Whitaker filled the runner-up place with the only other double clear round of a contest that was held under cloudless blue skies, bringing renewed hopes that a long-awaited British revival had begun.

Remainder, by Tom McCarthy

An Everyman's life history doomed to repeat itself as farce

Case Study: First-time buyer

Boxing: History shows odds weighted against Williams ruling the world

Those who cannot shake the nagging hunch that a thrilling, meteoric year has finally left the hero of Brixton, Danny Williams, dangerously exposed beyond his class when he steps into the world heavyweight title ring here tonight must now believe they have fresh reason for doubt.

Razorlight, Brixton Academy, London

It was an ugly night in Brixton - all screaming sirens and violent inebria.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee