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Family affair: `I never liked being myself'

Singer and songwriter Howard Jones made his name in the 1980s with hits like What Is Love, and Like to Get to Know You Well. His latest single is Let The People Have Their Say. He and his wife Jan live in Reading and have three children, Osheen, 12, Mica, 10, and Jasper, 4. Osheen has acted in the film of `A Midsummer Night's Dream', `Velvet Goldmine', and in `Titus Andronicus'

Welsh attacks `elitist' theatres

IRVINE WELSH, the author of Trainspotting and a cult novelist and playwright, has launched a stinging attack on British theatre.

My wild nights with Ewan

My Week

On air: Why bother with the video store when there's FilmFour?

Channel 4 have become film wholesalers with a mission.

Fashion: Sartorial stars

A SILVER holographic jumpsuit with matching platforms; a gold lame jacket with lace-up flares and snakeskin platforms; a slinky black frock-coat with 2-ft-long ostrich feathers sprouting from the shoulders. No, it's not an impressionable St Martin's student's first show; these are just some of the outfits that the Oscar-nominated costume designer Sandy Powell created for the glam-fest film Velvet Goldmine, which are currently on display at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, south London.

Cinema: An old trick, and no treat

Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later 18

PARTY ON

As if London's media bores need any more excuses to go drinking together, The Media Club has just popped up to service the needs of the Noho crew (that's North of Soho to you). An outraged Daily Mail photographer was escorted out as I arrived for the launch (a good sign) followed by a Sky film crew going in (not so good). The club itself was piney, smelt of paint and reminded me of nothing so much as an aerobics studio. Tory Conference Ikea furniture hovered ethereally around the edges while a jazz band gamely sang to themselves in the absence of any interest from the guests. Meanwhile, the chosen few were flexing their drinking muscles, trowelling in the free food and regaling each other with tales of their own magnificence. I think, in media terms, that qualifies as a success.

Film: velvet goldmine (18)

Cork-born newcomer Jonathan Rhys Meyers explodes into the limelight this week with three movies, including Todd Haynes's eagerly-awaited glam-rock epic, Velvet Goldmine (above). Technically masterful but cold, this is less a historical document than a wet dream inspired by the glam scene in Britain, circa 1971.

Film: As if to the glamour born

The Big Picture; VELVET GOLDMINE (18) DIRECTOR: TODD HAYNES STARRING: JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS, EWAN MCGREGOR, CHRISTIAN BALE 120 MINS

Essay: Nice rock, shame about the role

From 'The Young Ones' to 'Velvet Goldmine', 'rock' films are born to be naff.

Film: We were all in glitter, looking at the stars

Todd Haynes missed glam. But not Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Hence `Velvet Goldmine'.

Classic yarns beat tales of 90s low life

THE SCOTTISH novel about drugs and low life, Trainspotting, which has also become a hit film, remains less popular in its home country than classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped and Treasure Island.

Arts: Grounds for divorce

Stardom does not rest easily with David Thewlis - hell, he's not even sure if he likes acting.

Ewan McGregor: his life and slender times

A famous publisher has asked you to write a biography of the star of Trainspotting. First, a bit of self-congratulation is in order, then you have to write the bloody thing. And quick. By Xan Brooks

Music: Last Call

UNTIL THIS year's much-praised debut album and a Top 10 single with "Nancy Boy", Placebo had huge hype but small sales. The key to Placebo's rise lies in makeup-wearing front-man Brian Molko and lyrics about the darker side of life - cue a cult of eager fans and a part for Molko in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine".
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