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There comes a point, usually in the dead of winter, when one is forced to look further afield for one's listening, preferably to a place where the presenters don't sound as though they have lost the will to live or, conversely, as if they are trying to batter you to death with their joie de vivre.

Beyond easy to set up: the Bayan Audio Streamport

A week with: The Bayan Audio Streamport Universal

Digitise your old stereo in style

Next-generation Xbox 'reveal' planned for May claims tech blogger as rumours and rows continue to swirl over 'always-on' device

Seasoned Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott has claimed in a 'What the Tech' podcast, that the console will be unveiled at a 'reveal' event in May

US men's fashion goes postal

Diffusion clothing lines have long been in vogue in the fashion world. But it is unusual when the thing doing the diffusing isn’t some proud fashion megalith but a postal service instead.

<p>Seven Watthana</p>
<p>This design-led address offers six rooms, in six different colours, with a reception area that promises to take guests to seventh heaven. All rooms have outdoor spaces, iPod docks and Bath&Bloom toiletries, but the centrepiece in each is a vibrant mural, dotted with deities, dragons and lotus flowers. A sun deck on the roof, lined with well-tended plants and daybeds, offers a serene reprieve after a day browsing the busy shopping street of Sukhumvit outside.</p>
<p>Seven, 3/15 Sawasdee 1, Sukhumvit 31, Watthana (00 66 2 662 0951; sleepat seven.com). Doubles from 2,790 baht (£57), including breakfast.</p>

The Big Six: Boutique beds in Bangkok

Seven, Watthana

This design-led address offers six rooms, in six different colours, with a reception area that promises to take guests to seventh heaven. All rooms have outdoor spaces, iPod docks and Bath&Bloom toiletries, but the centrepiece in each is a vibrant mural, dotted with deities, dragons and lotus flowers. A sun deck on the roof, lined with well-tended plants and daybeds, offers a serene reprieve after a day browsing the busy shopping street of Sukhumvit outside.

Seven, 3/15 Sawasdee 1, Sukhumvit 31, Watthana (00 66 2 662 0951; sleepat seven.com). Doubles from 2,790 baht (£57), including breakfast.

The 10 Best tech gifts

Treat the gizmo-lovers in your life with these great gadgets - from fun and funky to game-changing

AlunaGeorge: It’s pretty much perfect modern pop. Aluna Francis is a really fascinating frontwoman and it’s nicely produced by bandmate George Reid

Introducing… the music you'll be hearing on your radio next year

An Irish country-rock band and a Native American rapper are among 15 acts vying for the title of the BBC's Sound of 2013 – the annual award which attempts to predict which musicians are due to hit the big time next year.

The 10 Best headphones

If you’re looking for cool, Seventies retro, earpads as comfy as old cushions or cans that keep your music private, this selection has it all...

Bob Marley is sold out

How the Marleys sold out (in style)

Bob Marley's image, like Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson's, has been used and abused. Since his death in 1981 his visage, often smoking, often smiling, has become a symbol of pretty much anything anyone with a poster press and T-shirt printer fancied.

The Imaginary Radio Programme: Drennon Davis, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

If you add “with Monique Moreau on keyboard” to the self-explanatory title of this show then you get exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a simple recipe to prepare and serve: the American duo pretend to dial surf through the airwaves in order to pastiche various musical styles.

George Galloway, the Bradford MP, made a 30-minute defence of Julian Assange in a video podcast

Gorgeous George joins the Assange backers who don't think rape is rape

Galloway sparks outrage with claim that alleged crimes are part of 'the sex game'

Colourful Bradstock turns the javelin into performance art

Standing at trackside at the Alexander Stadium in his 1984 British Olympic rain-suit yesterday, Roald Bradstock was asked if he could recall the last time he made the rostrum at a national championships cum major games trials. "Er, no," the veteran javelin thrower and award-winning artist replied. "But, then again, my memory goes a little bit, so I'm not quite sure … Where am I?"

The 10 Best outdoor speakers

It might not be worth risking them in the June drizzle, but when the sun's out this lot will brighten up your BBQ...

New Jersey man surgically attaches iPod to his arm

Professional body piercer Dave Hurban is a man attached to his iPod. Literally.

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

Caught in the Net: New music from Best Coast

The second album of LA band Best Coast arrives in mid May. I’ve previously written about the lead off song (and title track) “The Only Place” which continues in the vein of their debut album in offering lashing of West Coast surf pop meets garage rock - with newly added hints of country rock and Neutral Milk Hotel. The track can still be downloaded free at bestcoast.us.

Simon Kelner: I've been driven to admiration by a hi-tech gizmo

With increasing regularity, I have found myself awestruck by some technological advancement of the modern age.

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin