News Chris Hadfield has agreed to take on the role of cultural ambassador for Ireland

Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

£100m jackpot up for grabs

An estimated £100 million will be up for grabs on Friday - one of the biggest jackpots in EuroMillions history.

Video: Suggs reveals underwear to Bowie

Backstage at Reading festival, Madness frontman shares a tale of an awkward moment with David Bowie.

State Of Emergency, By Dominic Sandbrook

This epically enthralling account of the Seventies will be read with embarrassed recognition by those who lived through it and disbelieving astonishment by those who missed it.

Ian Hunter: The truth about Mott the Hoople, the drugs and the manager with a death wish

'All the Young Dudes' brought Ian Hunter to the brink of 1970s superstardom - then he walked away from it all.

Kate Moss wants more children

The 37-year-old supermodel - who has an eight-year-old daughter, Lila, with former boyfriend Jefferson Hack - is focused on her forthcoming wedding to Jamie Hince, and says she and the 40-year-old rocker will consider starting a family together once they have tied the knot in July.

The Echo Chamber, By Luke Williams

The narrator of this remarkable novel is Evie Steppman, a woman in her sixties who has holed herself up in the attic of her decaying house in Gullane, eastern Scotland, to write her memoirs. Evie, as narrators will do in books of this type, has a rather particular super-power: a faculty of hearing so acute that she can actually hear the past. She can "hear" photographs, and catch echoes of her childhood and even prenatal existence, in 1940s Lagos. "This is what I heard," she writes: "the vicious spitting of feral cats, rug-beaters thwacking, traffic bustle and crowds. Fat goats being let to market, their bleating disharmonious and afraid. Women pounding manioc."

Berlin: Follow in David Bowie's tracks

In the 1970s, David Bowie made his home – and his most creative albums – in Germany's divided city.

Robinson calls for fast start for Scotland

Perhaps Andy Robinson is taking a leaf out of the Welsh song book. A fortnight ago Warren Gatland and his players headed off to Murrayfield with "Under Pressure" blaring over the stereo system.

Williams gives Wales a precious win

Scotland 6 Wales 24: Veteran wing sickens Scotland side suffering from star second row's withdrawal with stomach bug

The Kenny effect: Five ways Dalglish has revitalised Liverpool's season

It's been part luck, part design but the mood at Anfield has lifted. Tim Rich explores what has changed since the king's return

Nam June Paik: First video artist in retrospect

A major retrospective of the man widely considered to be the world’s first video artist opens at Tate Liverpool this week.

Album: Paul Bley, Annette (Hatology)

Annette Peacock is the great, Zelig-like sphinx/muse figure of the jazz/pop avant-garde, connecting Albert Ayler to David Bowie. She doesn't appear on this 1992 trio recording featuring two ex-husbands, pianist Bley and bassist Gary Peacock, plus Austrian flugelhorn player Franz Koglmann, but 11 of the 12 numbers are her songs, while the title track is about her.

Chrysalis founder nets £30m from sale to BMG

Chrysalis is to be taken over by a German media group and a US private equity giant in a cash deal worth nearly £110m, which will net its co-founder Chris Wright a cool £30.1m.

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