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.

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Heathen, ISO/Columbia

Arts: Pop: Bowie keeps swinging

DAVID BOWIE ASTORIA LONDON

Bowie drags his fans back to the golden years

First Night David Bowie Astoria London

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LOW DINGWALLS LONDON

Motoring: Five million previous owners

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Monster! True Tales from a

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Film: velvet goldmine (18)

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Edinburgh Festival: Jazz: A maestro in full bloom

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What goes clip-clop bang-bang?

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Into a different closet

What happens when gay men cross the great sexuality divide and dare to go straight?

Good Venue Guide: 37 Hanover Grand W1

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