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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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