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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: The Hoarder Next Door, Channel 4
Playhouse Presents: King of the Teds, Sky Arts 1

"They're not freaks," said the psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses about the subjects of The Hoarder Next Door.

Falco in 2009 aboard his boat 'Fleur de Lys', a converted German vessel from the Second World War

Albert Falco: Diver who worked with Jacques Cousteau

The underwater films of the late Jacques Cousteau enchanted and entranced several generations of cinema-goers and TV viewers throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s and played an important part in raising environmental awareness. The diver, Albert Falco, was Cousteau's right-hand man for 37 years and helped make the Oscar-winning documentaries The Silent World in 1956 and World Without Sun in 1964, as well as the celebrated television series The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau.

A-levels to be overhauled to combat grade inflation

A-Levels are set to be radically overhauled in response to years of grade inflation, the head of the exam watchdog has signalled.

Alternative to payday lenders offered at new discount site

A new discount website will encourage hard-up people to turn to credit unions rather than become loan shark victims.

Customers queue for the final oatcakes

Shutters close on the Hole in the Wall

A slice of Britain: The only oatcake shop left in Stoke faces demolition, bringing more than a century of tradition – in the name of regeneration – to an end

Stamp featuring the Queen’s image on an old £1 note featured in the Royal Mail’s Diamond Jubilee Definitives collection

A royal stamp of approval

An enlarged stamp featuring the Queen's image on an old £1 note is one of six featured in the Royal Mail's Diamond Jubilee Definitives collection. The stamps, which will be available across the UK from today, show different images of the Queen used on stamps, banknotes or coins during the past 60 years.

Albemarle & Bond plans to roll out 25 new branches

Pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond plans to open 25 new stores in 2012 as it takes advantage of the difficult economic climate and banks tightening their lending criteria.

Christopher Isherwood: Diaries Volume I, 1939-1960, ed Katherine Bucknell

Paperbacks Of The Year: Journal of a life-changing journey

Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai claims wedding was 'sting'

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, says he has ended his relationship with a businesswoman days after paying a bride price for her. He claimed their affair was a choreographed political sting.

Six Of The Best: Veggie friendly restaurants

When vegetarians and carnivores dine out together, someone usually gets a raw deal. But these restaurants cater equally well for both, says Chantal Cooke making them great days out for World Vegan Day on Tuesday

Here's one we built yesterday

Who needs the hassle of a mega project when you can knock up a home in just two days? Phil Boucher finds out why speed building holds the answer to the housing crisis

Andrew Grice: Cameron and the love that dare not speak its name

These days the Prime Minister prefers to learn lessons from Blair's mistakes

Gold prices surge again to another record high

Gold prices rose to a fresh record for the second consecutive session yesterday, with the cost of an ounce climbing to as much as $1,461.91, up $5 from the highs seen on Tuesday.

The 10 best fountain pens

Step away from the keyboard and write a letter in style with a traditional ink pen. From high end to easily affordable, the nicest nibs are right here...

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