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Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You” (Tomorrow Island)

History boy: J Willgoose Esq

History and indie music: Listen and learn

A new generation of indie artists is taking inspiration from 17th-century witch trials, war-time propaganda and other intriguing corners of British history. By Chris Mugan

From film school to feature films

He only graduated this year, but Anirudh Ganapathy is already writing and directing his first feature film. He owes it all to his time at film school

Album review: The Silver Seas, Alaska (The Lights Label)

Silver Seas’ frontman Daniel Tashian has paid lip-service to the actual state of Alaska when explaining this album, but all the evidence – references to 1991, red flannel shirts and carrying records under your arms – suggests that he still hasn’t got over the girl he fancied 20 years ago.

Valley girl: Emma Watson’s Nicki is campily sanctimonious

Film review: The Bling Ring - what’s it like to yearn for the trappings of privilege? Don’t ask Sofia Coppola…

Is there anything wrong with directors sticking to what they know?

Palmed off on kids: Steve Carell voices Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', a sequel with nothing for adults

Despicable Me 2: Steve Carell spills the beans on being evil dad Gru

Steve Carell has inhabited many different roles, from a 40-year-old virgin, a bumbling office manager and a Vegas magician, but it is an evil villain in animated film Despicable Me 2 where he finds a close connection as a real-life dad.

The Diary: Common’s ministry of sound gears up to rock the House

An evening of heavy rock on the House of Commons terrace, sponsored by drinks company Pernod Ricard in the presence of Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye – what could possibly go wrong?

Alan McGee now leads a secluded and sober lifestyle

Alan McGee: What’s the story? Glory years of big record labels are over says the man who discovered Oasis

McGee tells Paul Bignell about ‘semi-rehab’ and his return to music

Solange Knowles performing at the Field Day Festival in Victoria Park, east London

Festival review: Field Day, Victoria Park, London

After seven years, east London’s trendiest music event appears to have finally got to grips with festival site logistics. There are significantly more bars, toilets and refreshment stands, and the stages seem to be located according to genre; meaning fewer cross-site dashes to catch complementary acts.

Childhood draw as much influence from the dream pop that dominated 2010 as they do from Palma Violets

The Playlist: Iggy and the Stooges / Childhood / Ty Segall

Iggy and the Stooges

Lynne Ramsay

Page 3 Profile: Lynne Ramsay, film director

Britain’s best director?

Robert Redford at Sundance London

Robert Redford calls London Sundance a 'toe-in-the-water-experiment' and is noncommittal about its future

Robert Redford said today that the future of London's Sundance film and music festival was by no means certain, as he launched the British version of an event that aims to boost interest in independent film.

Grizzly Bear, Tim Burgess and Richard Thompson added to Latitude line-up

Comedians Sean Lock and Russell Kane are the latest headline additions to the Latitude festival bill, with four-piece Grizzly Bear supporting headliners Foals on the final night.

Do we need another film festival in the UK?

Robert Redford’s Sundance London must find a raison d’être

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own