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An elderly man suffered serious head injuries and a suspected fractured elbow as he tried to stop a thief from stealing his car, police said.

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The Heavy, Relentless Garage, London

Genre-bending voodoo rockers The Heavy produce the kind of raw, infectious, down-and- dirty sonic assault that your mother warned you about. And judging by this storming gig at the Garage, the West Country four piece are going to be worrying a lot more parents by this time next year.

Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, The Garage, London

This is Friday night," Black Joe Lewis reminds the crowd as they happily howl for more. "Don't y'all got nothing better to do?" Not now, they don't.

You're grounded! Boy found hiding in box after balloon drama grips nation

Family believed six-year-old son was trapped in home-made craft which broke free of tether and flew 50 miles

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Several held over bodies in car boot

Detectives were today questioning a number of people after two bodies were discovered in a car boot.

Sky Saxon: Singer and bassist with seminal Sixties garage band the Seeds

When the music journalist and future Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye compiled and annotated the double album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 for Jac Holzman’s Elektra Records in the early 1970s, he introduced a new generation of fans around the world to US garage bands like the Electric Prunes, the Standells, the Shadows Of Knight, the 13th Floor Elevators, Count Five, the Chocolate Watch Band and the Seeds.

The city where parking leads to a head-on collision in Jerusalem

Secular Mayor's decision angers ultra-orthodox Jews

Album: White Denim, Fits, (Full time hobby)

White denim: a ubiquitous thing given a twist. As with the name, so it is with the music. The second album from this Texas trio is rock music in its purest form – and yet there is nothing here that will remind you of anything else.

Japan woman gets death for curry murder

Japan's Supreme Court sentenced a woman to death today for killing four and making more than 60 ill by poisoning a large pot of curry at a summer festival in 1998, a case widely covered in domestic media.

Derek Pain: GNE board rocked by shareholder power

No Pain, No Gain

The Sketch: Those detached from reality are a class apart

The Tories are accused of synthetic anger over Fred's pension. I don't see anger, artificial or otherwise. They say, "It's obscene" in the same tone as they might say, "It's orange". Weary cynicism is a rational response – and perhaps the only dignified one.

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