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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Three-in-bed axe killings baffle police

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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

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