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Album: Calvin Harris, 18 Months (Fly Eye)

Following Kelis's somewhat perfunctory opening verse, Scotland's answer to David Guetta hits his stride about a minute into "Bounce", and stays on it for pretty much the entire album, his pumping, Brutalist synth-stomp riffs ploughing an extended furrow in which a succession of vocalists – Rihanna, Tinie, Ne-Yo, Dizzee and the like – sow their meagre seeds. The poorest served is hapless Ellie Goulding, struggling against the hurtling momentum of "I Need Your Love"; more successful is Florence Welch on "Sweet Nothing". But the killer cut remains the collaboration with Dutch DJ Nicky Romero on "Iron", a berserk, Prodigy-esque blend of wailing banshee synths and quacking dubstep hook.

And whatever you do, don't leave your heart in a beaker

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The first kiss was so amazing you were overcome with starry-eyed dreaminess and there were imaginary fireworks going off around you, it’s just a shame you had nothing to talk about over dinner.

Album: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bizet: Carmen (EMI Classical)

Rattle makes full use of the fund of glorious tunes in Carmen, shamelessly indulging showstoppers like the “Habanera”, with Magdalena Kozena’s elegant, lyrical delivery receiving a series of burly responses from a chorus not short on gusto.

Last night's viewing - Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer, BBC2; Jimmy's Forest, More4

Michael Mosley has been making quite a nice living out of trying to live longer just recently. Not very long ago, he did a Horizon on exercise, exploring recent research that suggested that you could reduce the amount of exercise you need to do to stay fit and healthy to just three minutes of flat-out effort a week. He rather hinted that he would be taking up this new regime, but here he was in Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer presenting himself as a man still in need of some kind of lifestyle miracle.

Exams are easier now, report finds

GCSE and A-level exams have become easier over the past decade, according to reports published by Ofqual – the exams regulator – yesterday.

Science exams easier, says Ofqual

GCSEs and A-levels in science and geography are easier than they were 10 years ago, the exams regulator said today.

Jack White unleashes yet another violent solo

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New Order, O2 Apollo, Manchester

No one loves a side project like Jack White. But now that he's gone solo, the blues-rock maestro can, finally, do what he does best: shred that guitar

Painted ladies: Revlon's campaigns have long depicted strong women and famous faces, including Emma Stone

How Revlon created the scarlet woman

In 1932, the company launched the very first red nail varnish. Since then, its products have become staples on dressing tables around the world. Rebecca Gonsalves charts its rise

DVD: 50/50

This well-judged comedy-drama stars Joseph Gordon Levitt (500 Days of Summer, Inception) as a young radio producer diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

DVD: Weekend

It is rare that a film depicts the genesis of a relationship with such frank, heartfelt immersion.

These fabulous heaters could be yours!

Win one of two pairs of hi-tech halogen heaters

Literally never feel the cold ever again with these revolutionary heating devices from Prem-I-Air.

La traviata, Royal Opera House

Three years ago the Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho was virtually unknown in Britain.

There are still widely conflicting figures on implant rupture rates

Faulty breast implants contain toxic chemicals, scientists warn

New warning from France as Government doctors in UK advise women to undergo surgical removal

DVD: Mademoiselle Chambon (PG)

Any love story about pained longing at a train station will inevitably draw comparisons to classic David Lean/Noel Coward romance, Brief Encounter.

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