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Howard Jacobson: Lost and alone amid the rubble

God for the God-needing is less about explaining how we got into this world and more about how to get through it now we’re here

Idris Elba - Tapping into a sound new direction

The British actor Idris Elba, who starred in The Wire, is launching his music career with an EP. Can a 37-year-old British-born Hollywood actor make it in the rap game as Big Driis? Matilda Egere-Cooper meets him

Karaoke fans abandon 'My Way' after singers face the final curtain

By Andrew Buncombe

Will the TOGS ever warm to Chris Evans as Tigger?

He had said he was stepping into shoes that are bigger than his own, and he did try not to put his foot in it. But when Chris Evans took the helm of Europe’s most popular breakfast show today it was not unlike a children’s entertainer trying to stay wacky for a bunch of stony-faced five-year-olds.

Evans pledges smooth ride on breakfast show

Chris Evans kicked off his first show in the Radio 2 breakfast slot today by playing The Beatles' classic All You Need Is Love and telling listeners: "Thanks for tuning in."

Brian Viner: 'Up' and away with you, critics

There are certain films we are almost arm-locked into admiring

One Minute With: Marlon James

Rufus Wainwright: Song in his heart

Extravagant, inspired and wildly romantic, the performer who takes his cue from Judy Garland walks his own yellow brick road

Michael Jackson albums take 14 of top 20 chart places

Michael Jackson's sales have instantly seen a massive boom as a result of his death.

Outside the Box: Argy-bargy indeed as 18 see red and General brawl is abandoned

Something of a South American theme this week, reflecting the fact that football rarely experiences a dull day in that part of the world. Those of a certain age will remember gasping at grainy black-and-white footage of the fighting and kicking matches when Racing Club of Buenos Aires took on Celtic and then Estudiantes met Manchester United in the World Club Cup.

Alan Livingston: President of Capitol Records who launched the Beatles in America

As the president of Capitol Records in America, Alan Livingston converted a relatively small record company into a major player, with a portfolio of artists that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and the Beatles.

Music & Me: Mick Jones

The first record I bought was...

There were two records I bought with my own money when I was 12 year's old. Jimi Hendrix Experience Smash Hits and Cream Disraeli Gears.

The 5-minute Interview: Sergio Mendes, Musician

'Take more responsibility for those who have nothing'

Some Came Running (PG)

I think I need to get to know the novels of James Jones better: he provided the source material not only for From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line, but this marvellously baroque, overblown drama. Frank Sinatra is a dried-up writer returning to the Midwest town where he spent a miserable boyhood, pursued by a fluff-brained floozy (Shirley MacLaine).

The 5-minute Interview: Jack Jones, Singer

'People go for simple songs but I like something more complicated'
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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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