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The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

The White Stripes, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Meg and Jack conjure the spectral sound of rock'n'roll

Pop: Now that's what I call trad music

It's that time of the decade again. Folk is back in fashion. But is this the real thing... or soft rock by another name? By Charlotte Greig

Pop: Whole lot of strangeness goin' on

Live; LEE HAZLEWOOD ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON

Sad farewell to the silicone dollies

It's a disaster for womankind. Former `Baywatch' babe Pamela Anderson has got rid of her breast implants. Why can't she leave the natural look to the rest of us? By Anita Chaudhuri

Literally Lost: 63

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Collecting: A few of my favourite things

Old drinks cans, toy owls, salt-and-pepper pots; in our disposable age, no collection is too ludicrous to consider. And now the hoarders have been validated with a museum devoted to their pursuit. Hester Lacey visited

First Night: Venetian man of many parts

Ennio Marchetto

Travel: Literally Lost 52

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End lines: Worth an arm and a leg

The map: Michael Booth turns the spotlight on celebrity insurance policies

Obituary: Royce Kendall

THE KENDALLS - Royce and Jeannie - were the most successful father/daughter team in country music. Jeannie's distinctive lead and Royce's light baritone harmonised effortlessly on more than twenty Top Forty hits, including their signature tune, "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" (1977).

Greenlanders weigh the cost of going it alone

Katherine Butler has a drink in Nuuk, and finds the Arctic islanders ambivalent about their umbilical ties to Denmark

Pop: Big Calm following the storm

"Country music has all the qualities - it's dance music and hangover music, but with indie guitar stuff to the fore in recent times, it's been hard to get other cultures recognised. It's hard enough to get blues over, but country!" So says 21-year-old Ross Godfrey of mellow beats trio Morcheeba, for whom 1998 will be a huge year.

Sometimes it's hard to be a C&W fan...

...but mix in a few dance tracks with your country and western and you can hold your head up again. Oliver Bennett samples a happy musical hybrid

Why are they famous? Anna Nicole Smith

MAIN CLAIM: Pneumatic- chested gerontophile with Marilyn fixation. In a classic case of American white trash metamorphosis from diner to Hollywood D-list, Anna Nicole Smith has become thoroughly famous-for-being- famous in garish cartoon style. Now the waitress-turned-stripper-turned- model-turned-actress is hitting the limelight again (sort of) - having divested herself of six stone - with her first photo shoot in two years, performed exclusively for our very own custodian of quality the Sun. "Hi baby, I'm back!" trills Anna Nicole, a sloppily-invented moniker if ever we heard one.

Outtakes: This demi-paradise

Martin Plimmer is too old for Hamleys house of horror
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker