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Inge Laird: Poet who was a guiding light of New Departures

Inge Laird was a rara avis among artists and writers in the near ego-less purity of her aspirations and achievements. More piano and less ostentatious – but no less coherent – than Keats, Dylan Thomas or Philip Larkin, she celebrated even her own life's transience: "what little I have/drifts quietly towards/the open window".

Art of decay is revealed as buried banquet is dug up

The banquet was buried in a picturesque chateau garden outside Paris 27 years ago, – a feast of tripe, smoked udders, veal lungs, pigs' ears and trotters. Now French archaeologists, more used to unearthing Roman coins and pottery shards, are painstakingly digging up these 20th century remains.

End of the road for Kraftwerk founder

Dinosaur rock fans aged 45 and over will remember the pulsating, eerily monotonous yet pioneering electronic sound of the smash hit "Autobahn" that launched the German band Kraftwerk on to the popular music scene back in the 1970s.

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