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The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

Rock: Andy Gill on albums


You know you love it really

I am a masochist, confesses Anita Phillips. And what's more, you're probably one too. If you've ever experienced the exquisite pain of romantic love, she believes, you can't deny it. And if you haven't suffered this way, then you haven't lived

Pop: Suicide make one last bid for attention

Suicide Highbury Garage, London


Just south of Los Angeles, Orange County is a land of beautiful surf beaches, and it's also one of the most staunchly Republican areas in the US. Unfortunately for the rich and unradical, the beaches also attract an alternative culture of surfers, skaters and bands and over the years there have been some flashpoints: in the Reagan era, police actually designated some punk bands as gangs and followed that up with some heavy-handed tactics.

Five fading careers revived on celluloid

1 Wet Wet Wet: 'Love Is All Around' - 'Four Weddings And A Funeral'

Fashion: Fashionable for fifteen minutes

New York's fashion scene has never ignored Andy Warhol for long. A new exhibition, `The Warhol Look', shows the comeback collection of ex-Factory protege Stephen Sprouse alongside the high kitsch of Dolce e Gabbana. Tamsin Blanchard reports.

ROCK: It's tiring work, being Bjork

When A musician inspires a certain level of devotion, the standard response from critics goes like this: "Artist X could play her greatest hits on xylophone and penny whistle, with backing vocals from a herd of Fresians, and the fans would still love it." But only in the case of Bjork is there any likelihood of this hypothesis being tested. As anyone who has ever seen her in concert will know, her live arrangements never have more than a passing resemblance to those on the records. The big-band extravaganza of "It's Oh So Quiet" on castanets? "Venus as a Boy" on wooden spoon and kettle? Why not?

How lo can you go?

Lo-Fidelity Allstars

Pop & jazz / Finley Quaye

Finley Quaye plays Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1 (0171-267 1577) on 7 Jul

A little bit tricksy

Finley Quaye is sharp, streetwise and has a musical pedigree you couldn't argue with. Even if nephew Tricky does deny all knowledge of him. By Phil Johnson

Supergrass Apollo, Manchester; Brixton Academy, London

Manchester is a disaster. There's no other way of putting it. A mishap? A misfortune? An accident? None of them portray the full enormity of the first night of the Supergrass tour. This is the band that dazzled everyone with an unforgettable Top 10 summer hit, "Alright", the video of which led to a Monkees-style offer of a television show from Steven Spielberg. Their recent single, "Richard III", an Iggy Pop-style stomp, breezed into the top three without any effort after a year's absence. And, of course, by the morning of the gig the majority of fans were ecstatic to find a new government.

Is this the One to wake our souls?

John Walsh meets... Mark Radcliffe

Obituary: Richard Berry

"Duh duh duh, duh duh; duh duh duh, duh duh." You know how it goes. "Louie Louie, me gotta go . . ." A million garage bands (including the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Kinks, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Motorhead, and Bruce Springsteen) have immortalised those simple chords.

David Bowie names the `real' Ziggy Stardust

A quarter of a century after Ziggy Stardust burst out of Bromley in thigh-high tassled boots and eyeliner, the identity of the real life model for David Bowie's alter ego has been confirmed. Inspiration for the galactic stage persona has been variously attributed to many of the Seventies' most glittering rock names, but Ziggy Stardust was based on a failed American musician who enjoyed brief success doing Elvis impressions in France before going mad.

Pop Live: Luciano Malcolm X Centre, Bristol

The reggae package-tour may well be the last refuge of old-time music-hall. There were a lots of acts - including the odd local turn - spread over five hours or so, and a cheekie-chappie MC with a nice line in bathos to link them together. "Let's hear it for the next act!" he said. "He's quite good."
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Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

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Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith
Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?

Hipsters of Arabia

Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

The cult of Roger Federer

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Kuala Lumpur's street food: Not a 'scene', more a way of life

Malaysian munchies

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Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe

A Different League

Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe, says Pete Jenson
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Steve Bunce on Boxing

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

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'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

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