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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.

Matthew Norman: The unignorable Mr Farage

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Full stream ahead as Netflix and Disney give a vision of the future

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Ian Campbell: Musician whose politically charged band led the British folk revival of the 1960s

To say that Fate seemingly conspired to make Ian Campbell appear famous only by association would do him a disservice. Both Simon and Garfunkel and the Dubliners covered his nuclear protest song "The Sun Is Shining'. He appeared on four BBC Radio Ballads – a breakthrough in radio drama deploying music, spoken word and actuality recordings. The Ian Campbell Folk Group became arguably the leading band on the British folk scene of the 1960s – only the Spinners rivalled them – and definitely the first UK-based folk group with a mainland European following.

Premature Yule sparks far from seasonal rage among Germans

Early Christmas market has few supporters. By Tony Paterson

'People can behave curiously. A good concierge holds his tongue'

Quick-thinking under pressure? Resourceful in the extreme? You might just have what it takes to be a hotel concierge, says Simon Usborne

Are single-player first-person shooter campaigns a lost cause?

Half-Life 3, if you’re out there, you’ve got a lot of hopes resting on your shoulders.

Album: The Staves, Dead & Born & Grown (Atlantic)

Three sisters, close harmony, a songwriting blend of Sandy Denny and the US West Coast (Joni, CSN&Y etc)… What's not to like?

Nasal spray developed that could end daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes

A nasal spray has been developed that could mean an end to daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes.

Halo 4 – Review

Combat good, but distinctly unevolved

Take a shine to metal

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Mike Harding - the voice of folk music on Radio 2 for 15 years - sacked by the station in a single phone call

The musician, who will be replaced as presenter by Mark Radcliffe, claimed no reason was given for the sacking

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell after he met Police Federation members at his constituency office on Friday

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Embattled Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell returned to the Commons front line for the first time since his foul-mouthed row with Downing Street police and was soon reminded of his troubles by Labour MPs.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn images and artwork released

Screenshots demonstrate a return to Tolkien-esque fantasy for Square Enix's latest adventure.

Don't knock Paul Ryan's Medicare plan

David Brooks, still just about the most influential conservative commentator in America, likes to be contrary. Today he wades into the debate over Medicare, saying that far from the being the worst thing about the Romney-Ryan manifesto, it's actually the best thing. "Basically", writes Brooks, "there are two ways to reduce Medicare inflation, through the political system or through a market system. Obamacare tries the former", he says, before suggesting it simply won't work.

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