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Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

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If you want flowing locks like Gwyneth this summer but don't want the hassle of hair extensions, a wig could be the answer. Despite being given a bad name by Elton John over the years (his latest weave-in faring no better), wigs have become an accepted part of fashion culture.

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Sir: How refreshing it was to read the comments by Sir Elton John which were reported in Glenn Moore's article (23 December). With further opportunities, I feel he could have a beneficial influence on the game.

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IN THE secure, cosy carapace that is our modem existence we look to football to provide us with life on the edge. There is no football welfare state to protect the weak, the careless or the merely unfortunate. To the victor, all the spoils of conquest, to the defeated only despair, desperation and utter failure. Never were the highs or lows of the game felt more vividly than in just 23 minutes in the life of one player 40 seasons ago.

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Elton John asked by Sotheby's to return stolen sculpture

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Elton and Stevie to provide Bill and Tony with some aural stimulation

It is well known in Washington circles that Bill Clinton loves nothing better than a bit of aural stimulation, so tonight he is in for something of a treat. Steve Boggan reports.

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Richard Branson last night called for the dissolution of the Camelot consortium and the establishment of a new National Lottery. He spoke to Andrew Buncombe following his libel battle victory against Guy Snowden and the resignation of the lottery regulator Peter Davis.

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`No Shop Day' was perhaps not the most auspicious day for Elton John to sell his clothes. But those at the sale should not feel too bad. At least the clothes were being recycled, Clare Garner points out.
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