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Rear Window / Screaming Teens: We love you John, Paul, George and Howard

THIRTY years ago this month the Heathrow Airport authorities were persuaded, for the first time ever, to keep the roof of the Queen's Building open after dusk. In those days, before the era of international terrorism, visitors could go out on to the roof of what is now Terminal 2 to watch the airliners during the daylight hours. And the events of this particular evening justified an extension.

Le Bon libelled

Simon Le Bon, the lead singer of Duran Duran, married to the fashion model Yasmin, received 'substantial' libel damages at the High Court from the Daily Mail and Today over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a woman in Rome.

US owner for Arena

London Arena, the Docklands entertainment venue which went into receivership three years ago, is about to be bought by the company which runs the world's biggest American football stadium.

Here Today: The New Wave revival

Something's afoot at the Camden Palace. A dodgy indie disco, usually frequented by drop-outs with long, lanky hair and Suede T-shirts, its habitues have gone all smart. Suddenly, everyone's turning up in natty suits, shirts and ties: especially the girls. The unisex hairstyle is a short, slick bob, tucked beneath one ear. It all looks so very . . . early Eighties.

Bunhill: Midem

THREE cheers for the selfless Brits prepared to forgo the cold, greyness and drizzle of a classic London February to fly the flag in far-off Cannes. For last week was Midem, the annual bash of the music industry. And someone had to endure that intolerable sunshine, those alien blue skies, that tiresomely flowing champagne.

ROCK / Is there something we should know?

WHAT PRICE early-Eighties teen dreams Duran Duran in 1994? Who's left to swoon over Simon Le Bon's male-model lips and Nick Rhodes' waifish cheekbones, so many heart- throbs later? Their frilly blouses and make-up seem so extravagant, so effeminate . . . and yet so contemporary. Pouting and posing are back - Suede in fur coats in The Face, Chris Evans in leather trousers on The Big Breakfast, even a New Romantic retrospective planned on Radio 4. Duran Duran have caught the wave, selling three million copies of their recent Wedding Album (EMI) and touring Britain for the first time in five years.

INTERVIEW / It can't be him . . . surely not . . .: David Sylvian was a big success as Japan's bottle-blond, mascara-heavy crooner. After that, as Jim White found out, he went natural

1983 WAS a great year for British pop music, perhaps the last. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Wham], The Eurythmics . . . it was a distinguished list of young groups making their way to the bank that year. But perhaps the most innovative was a group from Beckenham in Kent, home of the Beckenham Arts Lab, David Bowie's act of Sixties pretension. With the escapism that was their trade-mark, these suburban lads called themselves Japan.

ROCK / Still in the vanguard: Suede

ONLY ONE man has emerged from a duet with Cliff Richard with his credibility intact. Only one Celtic soul brother looks like Ron Atkinson after a nasty brush with a car-crusher. Ladies and gentlemen, fold away your copy of Watchtower and shake out your trouser creases, because Van Morrison is in the house.

Lights] camera] cliche]: Pop video: perfect movie miniatures, or mind-rotting pap made from the same old handful of ingredients? As the Museum of the Moving Image devotes a whole exhibition to the form, Ben Thompson freeze-frames a selection of its favourite tricks

THE IDEA of a big exhibition devoted to pop video will not go down well with those who regard the medium as a sinister mind-rotting force that has caused an entire generation to enter adulthood blessed with the attention span of a baby marmoset. Even for those of us to whom pop video is the very stuff of life, the notion is a strange one. The idea of setting off to seek pop-video pleasure outside the home runs counter to the classically passive nature of the experience: a comforting and instructive pulse in the corner of the room, best enjoyed while doing three other things at once.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment