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On an evening where the big news of the week was still a live talking point, there was precious little sympathy in a famed back room in Glasgow. “Did you hear what Frankie Boyle said about Thatcher?” asked Steve Mason, sometime Beta Band singer and now the proud-owner of an alias-spattered solo career which has recently taken a turn for the incisively political. It’s the old gag about spending the public money earmarked for the late former PM’s funeral on spades, then “everyone in Scotland can dig a hole and deliver her to Satan in person.”

Album: Ian Brown, My Way (Polydor)

Ian Brown's sixth solo album – which, it's worth noting, is three times the total output of The Stone Roses – follows in much the same vein as its immediate predecessors Solarized and The World Is Yours.

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And farewell - Oasis

Album: Reverend & The Makers, A French Kiss in the Chaos (Wall of Sound)

There's plenty to admire on this follow-up to 2007's The State Of Things, not least Jon McClure's swashbuckling political commentaries, which state much the same things as before, but with added panache.

Andrew Keen: The new culture wars

Give me Twitter or give me death says a skeptical Ian Brown in the Globe and Mail. But rather than death, Brown actually discovers a new culture war via Twitter

Stone Roses to reform for 21 gigs

The Stone Roses could be on the verge of re-forming for a tour 20 years after their celebrated debut album.

Album: Nickel Eye, The Time of the Assassins, (Ryko)

In the early days of the Strokes, Nikolai Fraiture was so self-evidently the best-looking member that you wondered why he was not their lead singer.

Editor-At-Large: Let me put the wonder back into Woolies

My first job was in Woolworths, Shepherd's Bush, west London. In spite of studying for loads of exams at school, I had to sit through a formal interview and pass the in-house intelligence test before I could sign on as a Saturday girl. My best piece of advice from a fellow worker: look busy at all times, especially when the supervisor walks in your direction.

Matter live launch, 02 Arena, London

At a time when we've become accustomed to music venues closing down all over the country, it's refreshing to have the opening of a new, purpose-built club and live venue to celebrate.

The 5-minute Interview: Ian Brown, Musician

'I wasn't sure I'd make it... until I heard the first Stone Roses LP'

Fasten your seatbelts, we are in for a bumpy ride

From Lara Flynn Boyle climbing univited into your club-class bed to Liam Gallagher on a scone rampage, the sky's the limit when it comes to bad behaviour at 30,000ft. Stuart Husband checks out 10 moments of plane madness

A marriage made in Norway

Ibsen meets Wife Swap in a Leeds production of A Doll's House

Cellar notes: A corking good read

If you think most wine lists have all the appeal of your average telephone directory, Ian Brown's oddball list will make you pause for thought. With a unique blend of hilariously surreal ramblings and eccentric tasting notes, his mouthwatering Australian catalogue reads like a trialogue between Rab C Nesbitt, Harry Hill and Baldric.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Meet the US Army's shooting star

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