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Simon Calder: A New Romantic rendezvous in Rio de Janeiro

Travelling in South America comprises a grand tour through improbability. Uncertainty can beset the traveller immediately on arrival: forget the usual red channel/green channel arrangements, because in some countries it is usual at Customs to assess whether inbound passengers have something to declare on an entirely arbitrary basis.

Two consonants and a vowel for Carol: Bye

'Countdown' co-host bows out with a few tears after a 26-year reign on Channel 4's puzzle programme

Games Review: Lips

Xbox 360, Microsoft, £49.99

Album: The Killers, Day & Age, (Island)

With the assistance of producer Stuart Price, Brandon Flowers & co have turned their backs on empty bluster and taken a few steps in the direction of brash, swaggering pop.

Tony Blackburn: My Life in Media

'It can be quite stressful when these ratings figures come out, which I don't believe in. I don't think anyone knows who's listening or not.'

Album: Dom Brown

Between the Lines, Remedy

Palladium, Barfly, London

If you were around in the 1970s and the 1980s, the recent success of The Feeling, Mika and The Hoosiers has probably been an irritant. Their songs have taken the airwaves by storm, but their brand of retro-pop makes it too easy to play "spot the lift" from a guilty-pleasure blast from the past. Palladium may just be the exception to the rule. The British four-piece draw on the same decades for inspiration but are as good as the artists they're inspired by: Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, The Police, Toto, and even Yes in their "Owner of a Lonely Heart" pomp. More crucially, Palladium never sound like they're feeding off the corpse of the past.

Duran Duran, The Lyceum, London<br/>Daggers, Purple Turtle, London

More than 25 years after they burst on to the scene, Duran Duran show that they haven't lost the art of making great pop songs

A place of tall stories

Want to buy a swanky flat at a former orphanage? Nigel Summerley warns about strange goings-on

The Week In Arts: These over-dedicated followers of fashion

It's tempting to devote this space to querying how the Devon teenager Joss Stone won the urban music award at the Brits last Wednesday. But deconstructing the state of urban music on the mean streets of Paignton might cause the brain to implode.

ROCK & POP: It's taken a while, but heaven knows I'm Canadian now

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Duran Duran, Nottingham Arena

Fine for 15 minutes, poison over two hours

Alfa Romeo: Always With Passion, by David Owen

If you love rust, this book could be for you

Duran Duran, The Forum, London

More panto than New Romantic
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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14 best kids' hoodies

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The acceptable face of the Emirates

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