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Frank Sinatra: It didn't mean a thing unless Ol' Blue Eyes made it swing

Once criticised for singing songs as if he believed them, that was precisely what made him the best.

Meet the new bossa

After years lounging in the middle of the musical road, Marcos Valle is riding the bossa nova to a cool renaissance on its 40th birthday. Phil Johnson talks to the master

A heart-warming story from the golden age of irritating interruptions

I BRING YOU a story today which is very modern in its flavour but very traditional in its lessons, a story which is bang up to date yet timeless, a story which is for now yet for all time, post-modernist yet old-fashioned...

Society: Diana song No 1 for funerals

It was inevitable - just as Diana's name rose in popularity after her death so the song "Candle in the Wind" sung by Elton John at her funeral has become the number one tune at funerals.

Obituary: Tommy Tedesco

Tommy Tedesco, guitarist: born Niagara Falls, New York 1930; married (three sons, one daughter); died Northridge, California 10 November 1997.

Take it from me, never trust a jury without shirt and tie

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Win Classic MGM Musicals

As a tribute to the enduring popularity of film classics such as Singing in the Rain and High Society, MGM is relaunching 12 classic titles on video from 3 November.

Winnie Mandela: The Mother of the Nation or a murderous bully?

For decades, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the defiant public face of South Africa's liberation movement. But a hearing today into alleged gross human rights abuses will present a very different picture, Mary Braid reports.

Rugby Union: The perils of peaking too early

Jonathan Davies is worried by the professionals who will soon be fit to drop

Farewell symphonies - by popular demand One last time - with feeling When parting is such sweet sorrow Pack 'em in with a Farewell Concert

There's been good news for the arts over the past couple of weeks. Contrary to the doom-mongers' bleak predictions that the end of live classical music is nigh, we've been packing 'em in. Well, two of our arts organisations have, anyway: not a seat in the house, queues at the box-office begging for last-minute returns. The Royal Opera House had to put up the barricades for its special gala last week while, only the day before, we in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra had gazed from the platform in amazement at the full turn-out for a Sunday concert.

Education: PASSED/FAILED: Max Clifford

Max Clifford, 53, is a purveyor of PR to the famous and infamous, from Frank Sinatra to Antonia de Sancha. The latest story he has broken concerns the Tory MP Jerry Hayes and his alleged lover Paul Stone. Further - damaging - revelations are expected shortly.

Why it's not the economy, stupid

People don't vote on how rich they feel today, but on how they hope to feel tomorrow, argues Philip Cowley

Yesterday was a ...

Frustrating Day for Israeli soldiers, after their request to have corn flakes for breakfast was accepted, and the cereal was added to morning menus, but many small military bases were unable to serve fresh milk with it because they do not have the facilities to store milk away from meat, as prescribed by Jewish dietary laws.

At last: a critic who really makes a mark; TELEVISION

"Thats all very well," said my partner last Sunday, putting aside my efforts at TV criticism with an air of slight exasperation, "but what readers want to know is whether a programme is any good or not." "That,"

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How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

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Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

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No postcode? No vote

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

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Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat