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Political editor shut off his iPad before the 'embarrassing lyrics' started

Double bill: Pretending to be Roy Orbison, Elton John or Neil Diamond on a rainy Sunday evening in High Wycombe may not sound like very much of a job, but for some people it's true stardom

THE PEOPLE of Rhyl, in North Wales, will have the opportunity tonight to see six rock legends perform their greatest hits - for only pounds 10.50 for a front row seat. Elton John, wearing a pair of canary yellow trousers and a gold banana pendant, will get the show off to a rockin' start with a medley of 'Pinball Wizard', 'Daniel' and 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. He will be followed by Rod Stewart, dry ice, Neil Diamond, dry ice and Tina Turner.

Freddie Mercury's stamps for sale

A stamp collection built up by Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the rock group Queen, is to be sold on Friday to help the Aids charity set up after his death. It is expected to fetch about pounds 8,000 at the Sotheby's auction.

Edinburgh Festival Day 4: Word of Mouth

TWO elderly Australian punters, having smiled benignly throughout Malcolm Hardee's boudoir production of I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake, commented upon leaving: 'He was a bit over our heads.' Others prefer to keep the intellectual and escapist aspects of performance apart. Bod from London recommends Greg Proops for giggles and A Strange Bit of History at Hill Street Theatre for cerebral thrills. 'It's fascinating to see people from Eastern Europe come to terms with their past.' Jessica from New Zealand highly recommends both professional lesbian Lea de Laria and Ukrainian Theatre, in Podol's A Feast during the Plague. 'It's all in Russian but it's easy to understand. I'd say it was spiritual.' Comedian Pete McCarthy also craves the lyrical. His choice is writer-singer Kinky Friedman who uses 'well-chosen words'. Kinky, unfortunately, appeared at the book festival for only one night. Interested punters can always buy his classic Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed.

Edinburgh Festival Day 1: Reviews

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Letter: Unfair verdict on screen test

Sir: As the company that supplied and operated the giant video screens at Highbury and Bramall Lane in last Saturday's FA Cup quarter-finals we were intrigued by Nick Hornby's comments on the Highbury event (Independent, Sport, 8 March).

Vicar rocks the flocks with Queen

THE SPIRIT of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, who died a year ago, lives on at St Augustine's Anglican Church in Bradford. Three hundred people filled the church earlier this month for a new multi-media production based on Queen's hit records. It was written and presented by the vicar.

Who's the dummy?

'IS that Freddie Mercury?' demanded a small Australian girl. 'No, dear,' replied her mother after careful consideration: 'That's Prince Charles.'
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