Arts and Entertainment Steve Mason

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.”

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Pop: Brown around the edges, but still blooming

IAN BROWN CONWAY HALL LONDON

Should you invest in... financials?

THE FINANCIALS sector, covering banks, life assurance companies, general insurers and a few quoted fund managers and stockbrokers, is perceived to have outperformed significantly over the last two years, and stand on the threshold of a golden age, when an increasingly affluent and savings conscious public places larger amounts of money in its care.

Triple axe killer was high on drugs

A MAN who hacked to death three friends with an axe during a 24-hour killing spree was jailed for life yesterday.

It was 10 years ago today: When Mancs went mad for the Stone Roses

On 7 May 1989, one of the most influential debut albums ever was released. It entered the charts at No 32, then fell to No 54 and No 60 in the following weeks. By the end of 1989, the Stone Roses were one of Britain's biggest bands, part of the "Madchester" baggy-rave-psychedelic triumvirate, with the Happy Mondays and the Inspiral Carpets. The Stone Roses was in the charts for 12 months.

Investment: Should you invest in... food retailers?

KINGFISHER'S surprise pounds 6bn swoop on the food retailer Asda last week cast a light on the food retailing sector, which has been largely ignored by investors over the past couple of years.

Air Rage: A Short History of Trouble in the Skies

Air rage incidents in the past year have included:

Rock & pop: Why this year's NME tour is the old rock'n'roll

Llama Farmers, Idlewild, Delakota, UNKLE

Singer jailed for air rage

THE ROCK star Ian Brown was yesterday jailed for four months for threatening to cut off the hands of a stewardess and hammering on the door of the cockpit as a plane came into land. Brown, 35, former singer with the Stone Roses, denied using threatening and abusive behaviour towards Christine Cooper and Captain Martin Drake on board the BA 1611 flight from Charles de Gaulle airport on 13 February.

Three-in-bed axe killings baffle police

IT LOOKS an unremarkable ground-floor flat, with its faded curtains and grubby brick front. At the back, a dejected-looking toy dog stares out of the window.

Police seek axe killer of 3 friends

THE PERSON who hacked three friends to death with an axe must be "deranged", the detective leading the hunt for him said yesterday.

Interview: Ian Brown - Roses are dead

Ian Brown, former frontman of the Stone Roses, is back. He's headlining the V98 festival, releasing a new album and he's nuttier than ever. Kira Jolliffe finds him in a good mood

Travel: Your complete guide to ... Festivals '98

As summer approaches, the festival season is about to get underway. From Stereophonics - Cwmaman Feel the Noize at Cardiff Castle to the regular venues of Glastonbury, Reading and Notting Hill, Fiona Sturges previews what's ahead
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

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