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Il Divo Christmas, Hammersmith Apollo, London

I hope we can contribute tonight to you getting in the spirit of Christmas," smiles tenor Urs Bühler, with that gaze of a man who knows that Il Divo fans need little more than harmonious revamps to get them in the spirit of anything, really – especially if it's a middle-aged female who's joined in the festivities to soak in the glistening Spaniard Carlos Marín, who, when announcing that the quartet would be singing "Hallelujah", was promptly met by said fan's orgasmic "yes, yes, yes!", leaving the balcony in stitches.

46 BBC bosses earn more than the Prime Minister

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The Carpenter's Arms, Fulbrook Hill, Fulbrook, Burford, Oxfordshire

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Album: Take That, The Circus (Polydor)

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