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A great flirt falters: the Prime Minister can't charm us into war

THE Prime Minister has woken up to the fact that a lot of people he thought of as friends are no longer all that fond of him. Not that this much matters - Margaret Thatcher was the more effective (and re-elected) for not giving a monkeys whether she was liked or not as long as we thought her government worked better than the alternative. Thatcherism was not dismantled by antagonism to it. It fell apart from a mixture of Maggie- fatigue and what the Marxists would call "internal contradictions".

Travel: Sharon and Tracey do Iceland

Tracey MacLeod knew that Reykjavik was Europe's coolest destination. But that was about it...

Fan Fact: Cockney rebel

Phil Daniels Currently starring in BBC1's `Holding On'

Arts: Ruffling feathers

Screen villains don't come much nastier than the men in `Face'. But under Antonia Bird's direction, they're people too. Cole Moreton talked to her

WORDS OF THE WEEK: Bed springs eternal

`Up Against It', an unfinished screenplay by Sixties' playwright Joe Orton, far right, has been adapted for Radio 3 by John Fletcher. It was originally written for The Beatles and is now to star Blur's Damon Albarn, right. Here is an extract.

Rock: Listen carefully: Mansun only play once

Rejoice! rejoice! A no-encore gig! Paul Draper pushed his guitar up against an amp, the noise buckled and crashed ... and that was it. Mansun had left the building, and Abba's "Dancing Queen" was already blaring from the PA. Excellent. I know that not everybody shares my loathing of the cliched, insincere "encore" ritual, when the singer bids us goodnight knowing full well he's going to reappear two minutes later. But I also know that encores are so pervasive that when a group doesn't do them, it merits a mention. Besides, the last young bands I saw who skipped the insulting formality were Suede and Oasis. Is Mansun's omission an intimation of similar greatness? In their own minds, definitely.

Blair's lords-a-leaping ready to bring down the house

Darling, tout London is talking about it. They say Tony Blair might have to create 80 new life peers if he wants control of the House of Lords. Why, the queue is already half way down Millbank!

Andy Gill on albums: Blur - Blur Reprise 9362-46236-2

Loudly heralded as the pyre upon which their former Britpop selves have been ritually dispatched, Blur certainly takes some getting used to, though it's questionable whether even familiarity saves it from being an underwhelming experience.

The modern lad has it bad

Blur's Damon Albarn blames the `Young Man's Menopause' for his recent depression. A pop star's affectation, or a serious complaint?

The great pretender; Interview: Gavin Rossdale

The lead singer of Bush: too coiffed for a rock star, too popular for a rebel ... too old for his date of birth?

We could be poets - just for one day

Verse or worse: Sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll invade the sober world of modern literature

Live Pop: Mariah Carey Wembley Arena London

On one side of London last weekend, the Sex Pistols were indulging their egos with a ridiculous side-show of bloated excess. But compared to Mariah Carey, who was performing in another part of town, barely able to last out a song without changing her costume or telling us how happy she was to be in England, the Pistols were a picture of minimalism and restraint.

The critics COMEDY: Mark his words

NOW in its second year, the London Comedy Festival has a way to go yet before it is firmly established. Avalon, the largest comedy management stable, has still to be persuaded to let its acts take part, and there are many venues in the capital better suited to laughter than the Riverside Studios. The white-walled foyer amplifies interval chatter to painfully high volume levels, and, as Mark Lamarr points out, the banked seats of the main auditorium prompt uneasy memories of Pink Floyd at Earls Court. Happily, such discomfort is his stock in trade.
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