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Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.

NME Awards Tour, Academy, Glasgow

Perhaps it's because the title is currently resurgent under its first female editor, or maybe someone's noticed that only three of last year's top 100-selling tracks were rock songs. Either way, this debut show for 2011's NME Awards Tour offered signs that the music paper's longstanding status as a ghetto for young men with guitars might be nearing an end.

Album: Riz MC, MICroscope (Confirm / Ignore)

Uncompromising and diverse, the debut album by the Four Lions actor Riz Ahmed blends pop, drum and bass, grime and electro, linking incisive rhymes to hyperactive funk and dense bass to subtle acoustic strings.

Album: James Brown, The Complete James Brown Christmas (Polydor)

Nobody works the festive angles the way James Brown could: not many acts have managed to crank out three complete Christmas albums, as are compiled here along with a smattering of bonus singles – including the not entirely festive-spirited "Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer)", on which the Number One Soul Brother doesn't seem to have quite grasped the notion of goodwill to all men.

'In a world of ghetto blasters, iPods are a necessary evil'

Stoke's Dave Kitson doesn't like team-mates tuning out or slumping – but most of all, he doesn't like R&B

Bunny, Underbelly

Jack Thorne confirms his position as a powerful voice for Britain's youth with this new one-girl play. The Skins writer, whose new four-parter with Shane Meadows, This is England '86, starts on Channel 4 next month, tackles modern multicultural society in Bunny with spirit and wit.

Errors & Omissions: We're all sunk if we keep losing perfectly good verbs

Is "sank" doomed? I hope not, but when a scrupulous writer forgets a word things may be starting to look bad. This is Dominic Lawson, writing on Tuesday: "David Cameron made his provocative remark last Friday; but within hours the news began to leak of David Laws' catastrophically ill-judged expenses claims and the PM's speech sunk without trace."

Control freak: Will David Cage's 'Heavy Rain' videogame push our buttons?

If David Cage has his way, it will soon be game over for the scatter-gun mindlessness of generic shoot-em-ups. His vision: virtual worlds in which even the most minute decision can have dire emotional consequences.

Amy Jenkins: Raunch or romance – the choice women have been given

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. A day that calls for roses and romance, for candle-lit dinners à deux, and Hallmark cards with sentimental rhymes.

Album: Mahala Rai Banda, Ghetto Blasters, (Asphalt Tango)

Romania's extraordinary Gypsy-music revival stems from just two villages: Clejani, which gave the world Taraf de Haidouks, and Zece Prajini, which spawned the brass ensemble Fanfare Ciocarlia.

Marek Edelman: Last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis

"All night we walked through the sewers, sometimes crawling... passageways booby-trapped with hand grenades... gas let into the mains... in a sewer where water reached our lips, we waited 48 hours to get out... Finally two trucks halted at the trapdoor. In broad daylight with almost no cover, the trapdoor opened and one after another, with the stunned crowd looking on, armed Jews appeared from the depths of a black hole..."

Story of the Song: Elvis Presley, In The Ghetto (1969)

Scott "Mac" Davis, an Atlanta-based songwriter, had some success in 1968 thanks to Elvis Presley and "A Little Less Conversation".

How Jessica's Law turned Antioch into a paedophile ghetto

Antioch is one of the few places in California where convicted sex offenders can legally reside. Was the strain of monitoring them all too much for the local police?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Broadcasters need to break out of the ghetto

As a British Asian journalist, and one who is avowedly Muslim, I am well used to the fake fury and rage cynically activated by "representatives" of various religious and ethnic interest groups when they don't like what I have written or said.

James Lawton: Owen is the right man at the right price to satisfy Ferguson's gambling instinct

The idea that Sir Alex Ferguson's investment in Michael Owen is the desperate throw of a football man looking into the skull's head of a bleak and hopeless future is absurd.

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