Should you sport a keffiyeh, people may think you’re joking about Middle East politics

Millinery: Hat's your final warning

When convicted anti-Semite John Galliano wore a Homburg-style hat (popular with Hasidic Jews), it upset many in the Jewish community. But the danger of wearing the wrong titfer is everywhere. Wear a bowler and you look  like a banker (or an East London trendy).

The News Matrix: Wednesday 7 November 2012

Atos says 75% of claimants can work

The News Matrix: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Three Britons in court over stabbing

Restaurant Michael Nadra, 42 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1

This week's review comes with its own soundtrack – the bass-driven "I Shoulda Loved Ya", Narada Michael Walden's 1979 disco hit. Damn, that song is catchy. From the moment I booked a table at Restaurant Michael Nadra in Primrose Hill, it lodged as an earworm; I was still humming it while I waited for my guest in the restaurant's Martini bar.

Rita Ora, Scala, London

“How did you know I love Where’s Wally?” cries Rita Ora. Smokin’-hot face obscured by a fan’s gift, she’s thankfully buzzing too hard in the week of her debut album’s release to mark the irony of the paper Wally mask she’s wearing. Many have noted the similarities between the last of her three consecutive Number Ones, the Notorious BIG-referencing ‘How We Do (Party)’ and Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’; one wag tonight yells out “We love you, Rihanna!” So where’s Rita’s own identity? If it’s not always in the songs, the Jay-Z protege’s bounding, boundless energy is mostly enough to pull clear of heard-it-before anonymity.

Ian Burrell: Buxton – the 'honest amateur' who has broken into the mainstream

Is the mainstream finally ready for Adam Buxton? Tonight he's nominated for two Sony awards with his long-time radio partner, Joe Cornish, and his touring showBug has finally been given its own television slot by Sky.

Music & Me: Gruff Rhys

Super Furry Animals frontman and solo artist extraordinaire Gruff Rhys released his latest album Hotel Shampoo to critical acclaim earlier in the year. Gruff took time out from his North American tour to answer some teasers for Music Magazine.

Gwen Stefani couldn't write songs after giving birth

Gwen Stefani felt so "gross" after giving birth, she couldn't write music.

Selector's Pauline Black and Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson reunite at Bloomsbury Ballroom

The Selecter are the forgotten band of the 2-Tone movement. The group, fronted by the striking-looking, strong-voiced Pauline Black, embodied the label's multi-racial ethos as much as The Specials, and appeared with them and Madness on Top of the Pops in November 1979. Within days, teenagers all over the UK were rifling through jumble stores to find black suits and pork-pie hats.

Album: Katy Perry, Teenage Dream (EMI / Capitol)

What Katy did next was sadly lacking a grain of substance

Story of the song: 'Don't Speak', No Doubt, 1996

When Gwen Stefani walked into the Anaheim house she shared with her brother and bandmates, she heard Eric Stefani playing a tender piano figure that stopped her in her tracks. The pair immediately set about writing the song that would become "Don't Speak". Gwen gushed out some lyrics: "I can see it all in an eye blink/ I know everything about how you are/ I can understand exactly how you think/ Between you and me, it's not very far." The verses celebrated Gwen's long-standing relationship with her bassist, Tony Kanal. It was a pretty, if lyrically unexceptional, love song; unusual for a band more noted for an energetic ska-pop. Melodically, though, it sounded like a hit. "The vibes were there, the chorus was almost exactly perfect," said the band's guitarist, Tom Dumont.

Black Eyed Peas to be first to sell million downloads in UK

American hip-hop troupe the Black Eyed Peas are set to pass a UK recording industry milestone this week by becoming the first band to sell one million copies of a single purely on the strength of downloads.

No Doubt sues Activision over Band Hero

No Doubt is suing video game maker Activision for putting words in band members' mouths.

Wheels of distinction: The semiotics of the pram

A pram isn’t just a practical piece of equipment. It’s also a status symbol, a fashion statement – and a moral choice, finds mum-to-be Clare Dwyer Hogg

Lisa Markwell: Desperation in the face of a child's death

As always, it is the details that are the most poignant. A family-sized bag of peanuts on the dashboard, a toy tractor dangling from the rear-view mirror. It adds a layer of recognition among parents to the at-first bewildering, unbearably sad story of the Puttick family: no one sets out for a family jaunt without snacks in the car, or fails to find said car embellished with toys, stickers, Lego bricks and other juvenile ephemera.

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