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The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.

Last Night's Viewing: A Very British Wedding, BBC2
The Mimic, Channel 4

The title of A Very British Wedding is a bit of a tease. It relies on the assumption that most of us will read it with an unwitting cultural parochialism, sketching a picture in our heads of a country church, a bride in white and men in tailcoats. And then you watch and find that it's actually about a Punjabi wedding or an Eastern European one and you're meant, I guess, to do a slightly guilty double-take and say, "Oh... of course... the definition of British is so much more interesting than it used to be."

Job seekers get a nudge in planning to find work

A novel government programme that uses basic psychology to help people get back into work has improved the job prospects of the unemployed by nearly 20 per cent, it was claimed today.

Date set for Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be on Wednesday May 8, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

Review: Sky Hub SR101 broadband router

On the Buttons: Sky's latest broadband helper is stylish and easy to set up - and it's free to new Sky subscribers

Disney inspired? Bullshit by Kate Marshall

It may not be a Chris Ofili, but it's yours for £200: Cow dung painting titled 'Bullshit' goes on sale

Chris Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 for a portrait made (partly) with cow dung. But art collectors on a smaller budget than the Tate - which bought Ofili’s No Woman No Cry - can soon pick up a painting made with cow dung.

Big strides: Paul Anderson’s Gaints beat Saints for the first time in 35 years

Match Report: Leroy Cudjoe tries help to leave Saints in a Brown study

St Helens 4 Huddersfield 40

Last night's viewing - Jonathan Meades: the Joy of Essex, BBC4; Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways, BBC2

Jonathan Meades: the Joy of Essex began with Aaron Copland's "Buckaroo Holiday" on the soundtrack – an unexpectedly Western accompaniment to an uncherished bit eastern hinterland. Perhaps it was a kind of coded warning. Wedge one hand tight under the saddle and prepare to cling on for as long as you can. Because Meades's programmes are never the plodding mounts you'd pick out at the stable for a nervous first-time rider. In fact, they seem almost perversely bent on throwing their viewers off, vaulting and jinking, kicking-up almost constantly.

Yann M'Vila

QPR 'target' Yann M'Vila completes move to Rubin Kazan

Rubin Kazan have completed the signing of in-demand midfielder Yann M'Vila from Ligue 1 club Rennes.

Selfridges

Selfridges taken to court for selling unpasteurised raw milk from a vending machine at its flagship Oxford Street store

Food Standards Agency says it has launched a prosecution against Selfridges and the farmer who supplied the milk

More than 500,000 people marched against gay marriage in Paris– the largest gathering of conservative and right-wing protest in France for 30 years

Parisians march against gay marriage

More than 500,000 people marched against gay marriage in Paris today – the largest gathering of conservative and right-wing protest in France for 30 years.

Ockham's Razor, Platform Theatre, London

Ockham’s Razor’s aerial performance on the opening night of London International Mime Festival sets out to explore the idea of being lost and visual tales about trust and identity are the happy results.

Child minders and nurseries will be able to double the number of children they look after under new plans

Child minders and nurseries will be able to double the number of children they look after under plans to cut care bills for working families being considered by the Government.

Debenhams clocks up record December sales

Department store Debenhams hailed its best ever December performance today after ramping up pre-Christmas discounting to attract cost-conscious shoppers.

Editorial: A timely toast to health and safety

From banning Santa from riding his sleigh to stopping children from throwing snowballs, health and safety legislation gets a bad rap these days, at no time of the year more than at Christmas, when the cultural clash between killjoy puritans and Merrie England's devil-may-care revellers appears most acute.

Euan Blair is said to be considering following in his father's footsteps and entering politics

Red Princes and Princesses: Labour grandees' offspring are following in their parents' footsteps

Tony Blair fuelled speculation last week that his eldest son Euan is to follow him into Westminster politics by revealing he had advised his son he needed "passion" to be an MP.

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen