'Maybe one day we could be the English Matt Damon and Ben Affleck...'
Shamim Ahmed Khan was one of the most eloquent sitar players of his generation and scion of a family of hereditary Hindustani classical musicians which upheld and advanced a gharana, meaning a school or style of music-making, historically generally associated with a specific geographical seat, in this case the Agra Gharana. Agra would figure largely in his musical destiny, and bring him to the attention of his life-long guru, Ravi Shankar.
Hundreds line the streets for comedian's funeral
OMG. Do we really need more jerking-off jokes, orgasm faces and drunk-schoolgirl pratfalls?
British ballet is making a habit of mysterious departures. A month after rising star Sergei Polunin shocked the Royal Ballet by exiting stage left, for reasons that remain best known to himself, it emerged that the artistic director of the English National Ballet (ENB) is also set to leave, without giving any indication why.
A cultural family holiday on a budget? Karen Glaser proves that it can be done as she takes her two children on a three-day break to Italy's most stylish city – all for the same price as a night at the opera
How great is it to see Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine and to read her first interview for eight years for that matter? In their time anyone now over the age of 20, let's say, and even remotely interested in fashion, has indulged in an obsession with this, over and above all the other supermodels, after all.
David Beckham's admission that he has only three good friends rings true
An angry woman has repaid an abrasive, ambitious man. Matt Chorley and Jane Merrick report
Someone call Louise Mensch. Top Totty has been banned from Parliament. "Disturbing" (Equality for Shadows Minister Kate Green) and "Outrageous" (full-time tweeter Sally Bercow) were among the measured reactions to the sale of a bawdily named guest beer in the Strangers Bar at Westminster. It was the "picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap" that so moved Ms Green to raise the matter in the Mother (outrageous!) of all parliaments. "I would very much regret it if any offensive pictures were on display in any part of the House," remarked Leader of the House Sir George Young. The beer – hoppy, with an initial burst of bitterness – is no longer on sale.
As Sue Townsend’s stories are reissued, Will Dean salutes his dysfunctional hero
Five female rowers have broken a world record after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in just 45 days.
A relationship under the microscope
Sale Sharks have announced the death of their former wing Selorm Kuadey at the age of 24.
Katy Perry has won the most People's Choice Awards at the 38th annual fan-favourite extravaganza, but viewers would not have known it from watching the ceremony.
A lonely young man, exasperated by the English press, who wants to become more involved in Italian social issues. That was the picture Mario Balotelli drew of himself in an extensive interview published yesterday.