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Blog faves, BBC Sound of 2013 poll, world tour…and the trio hadn't even released an album. Can it live up to the hype?

Namibia: A wildlife safari in the Kunene region offers substance over style

Russell Vinjevold, our guide, broke into the soppiest of smiles. "Will you just look at that little chap!" To many bush-hardened southern Africans, a baby elephant sheltering under its mother's belly is not necessarily something to get gooey about. After all, many parts of Africa have more elephants than they can handle, and tiny, shy, week-old babies with improbably delicate-looking trunks soon grow into tree-wreckers.

Cultural Life: Polly Stenham, playwright

Theatre: I loved E V Crowe's 'Kin' at the Royal Court last year. A crazy, dystopian vision of two 10-year-old girls at boarding school, it was dark and disturbing. The two actresses, Madison Lygo and Maya Gerber, put in phenomenal performances. There's something really transgressive about seeing young children live on stage when they should really be in bed.

Faithless split up

Faithless are splitting up.

Willow Smith has 'affinity' with Gaga

Willow Smith has a great "affinity" with Lady Gaga.

Venetian Snares, XOYO

In 1918, Edward Elgar underwent a highly dangerous operation for a 61-year old man in those times – the removal of an infected tonsil. Recovering consciousness after sedation, he asked for a paper and pencil, and composed the melody that would be the first theme for his Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85.

Joan Smith: Why Lady Gaga belongs in a museum

Did she looked a bit chilly? Stepping off a plane in Toronto on Friday, Lady Gaga wore sheer purple gloves, matching tights over black knickers and a leather top with open sides.

Jonny Greenwood: Lights, camera...indie superhero action!

As 'Norwegian Wood' hits cinemas, the Radiohead stalwart tells James Mottram about shaping up to the Beatles and 'real soundtrack writers'

PJ Harvey, Troxy, London<br/>Brother, University of East Anglia, Norwich<br/>The Streets, University of East Anglia, Norwich

While Harvey worshippers bow to their idol, fans of The Streets bid Mike Skinner a sad farewell

Caught in the Net: TV on the Radio whet our appetite

It's proving a bumper season for returning art-rock bands. Radiohead recently delivered their first new album in three and a bit years; The Strokes will soon end a five-year hiatus with a new album; now Brooklyn's finest, TV on the Radio, emerge on the horizon with their fourth album, Nine Types of Light, which arrives on 14 April. Last week Seattle radio station 107.7 The End premiered the first song to emerge from the album at ind.pn/erPcrr. The song is called "Will Do", and it's a laid-back effort that slowly rumbles along. It feels like a cousin to the show-stopping ballad "Family Tree", from their 2008 LP Dear Science. Though not as dramatic/epic as that one, with it's chiming sounds and soulful vocals, it's quietly affecting and whets the appetite nicely for the rest of the album.

Snoop Dogg scared of Gaga sex

Snoop Dogg would be too scared to have sex with Lady Gaga as he thinks she is "weird as f**k".

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A brief history of a little marvel

The story goes on, Anon

An anonymous imagining of Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign is the latest attempt by an author to disguise their identity. It's been going on since Beowulf, says Arifa Akbar

Business Diary: LSE's cyber attack detailed by Google

Another day, another humbling for the London Stock Exchange, which saw trading disrupted on Friday for hours on end by a computer glitch. The bourse was open for business yesterday, but had you sought to get to its internet site via Google, you would have come across a problem. It was being blocked as an "attack site" – one where the search engine had noted suspicious behaviour, such as viruses being downloaded on to visitors' computers. We know these financial types get up to all sorts, but we didn't have the LSE down as cyber attackers.

The real stars know when to call it a day

As Mike Skinner calls time on The Streets, Fiona Sturges says that Girls Aloud would do well to consider a similar coda

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What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

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