Glastonbury, Worthy Farm, Pilton

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The Week in Radio: The charge of the light (music) brigade

It's hard to think of Radio 3 having a sense of mischief, or even a sense of humour, but how else to explain the Light Fantastic season, which coincided with Glastonbury? It's as though someone said the Glastonbury coverage will be absurdly over the top as usual, so let's come up with something more way out, eclectic and frankly against the grain. Something that people would never listen to while eating organic beansprouts in a quagmire. And they managed it. It's certainly hard to think of 100,000 people wallowing in mud and competing for latrines to hear Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

County Focus: Forget Glastonbury and Beyoncé... festivals are in fine voice around the counties

Beyoncé? Not a patch on Monty Panesar. The American pop star apparently attracted a decent-ish crowd down to Somerset at the weekend but England's erstwhile slow left-armer is equally capable of starring at a much-loved festival. Today Sussex take on Warwickshire in the County Championship at Arundel and the event will, in its own way, be just as uplifting as Glastonbury. More uplifting, actually, given the likely absence of enormous muddy puddles masquerading as pathways.

Christopher Shale: Conservative Party activist who became a trusted aide and friend of David Cameron

Christopher Shale, chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association (WOCA) and a "close and valued friend" of David Cameron, as the Prime Minister referred to him, was found dead on Sunday morning in a portable lavatory at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset. Although suicide had been suggested, the most likely cause of death is a suspected heart attack. Further toxicology tests are being conducted to establish the exact cause. Shale, who was attending the festival with his wife Nikki and their family, had disappeared almost 24 hours earlier before being discovered in the festival's VIP backstage area.

Tory's death sparks debate among members

Andy McSmith examines Christopher Shale's divisive legacy

Great Glasto clean-up begins

The great Glastonbury clean-up began yesterday as workers started to sweep up more than 1,650 tonnes of waste from the festival fields. The process, which takes more than two weeks to finish, involves about 500 paid litter-picking staff. Last year it was estimated that 48 per cent of the waste was recycled.

Top Tory's death at festival a mystery

A pathologist has been unable to determine how a senior Tory whose body was found in a Glastonbury Festival VIP toilet died, an inquest heard today.

Hotter still as Britain bakes

Today was set to become the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures almost matching those in the Caribbean.

In pictures: Glastonbury highlights

As the muddy revellers head home, we look back at all the action from Glastonbury 2011.

Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset

Beyoncé brings sex, hair and Hollywood to Somerset

Cameron 'devastated' at death of aide

David Cameron said that a "big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away" after a senior Conservative was found dead at the Glastonbury Festival.

'Power list' highlights our golden oldies

A "gold age power list" of the country's most influential pensioners has been published. The list – which includes The Queen, 85, Sir Alex Ferguson, 70, and Sir Mick Jagger, 67 – aims to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about older people. It was compiled by the charity WRVS, which said the UK's ageing population was too often seen as a "looming disaster" and a "drain on society".

Glastonbury: Music, mud, MC Tinie – and Ken's cameo

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Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

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In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
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A tale of two presidents

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The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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Women's rugby

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

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We will remember them

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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

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