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

Album: David Bowie

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

Pop Live: Whispers of fragile silence

LOW DINGWALLS LONDON

Motoring: Five million previous owners

The Mini is 40 this year - and shows no sign of slowing down. By Michael Booth

Book of the Week: Celeb-heavy trawl through monster's domain

Monster! True Tales from a

Outlook: BAe

FROM DAVID BOWIE with his royalties to Newcastle United with its gate receipts, everyone, it seemed, was just dying to securitise their future earnings streams. Securitisation was one of those clever investment banking brainwaves, a form of alchemy that suited all. The securitiser got his money up front and risk free, rather than spread over future years, the market got a ready supply of high-yield bonds, and the investment banker got his fee.

Film: velvet goldmine (18)

Cork-born newcomer Jonathan Rhys Meyers explodes into the limelight this week with three movies, including Todd Haynes's eagerly-awaited glam-rock epic, Velvet Goldmine (above). Technically masterful but cold, this is less a historical document than a wet dream inspired by the glam scene in Britain, circa 1971.

Edinburgh Festival: Jazz: A maestro in full bloom

HERBIE FLOWERS GRAFFITI

Gold Dust: Glam rock's top 10 singles

1. 'Get It On' - T.Rex (Fly, 1971). 1971: T.Rex dominated the charts and every pubescent schoolgirl trembled as the elfin prince strutted his stuff on Top of the Pops. Rocking guitars, Ian McDonald's haunting sax, Marc Bolan's fey voice combined with the falsetto chorus of Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman: this was the essence of the Glam Rock sound.

What goes clip-clop bang-bang?

It seems that the Amish brethren are just as liable as the rest of us to succumb to human greed

Witness rock'n'roll suicide

Having conquered distinctions of gender and class, Ziggy Stardust is set to defy death itself when he struts his stuff on the ICA stage this week, 25 years after he met his maker.

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

Date of Birth: turn of the century.

Books: Time to kiss your genitals goodbye

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