Al Martino: Singer who had Britain's first No 1 single and played Johnny Fontane in 'The Godfather'

There have been several impressive recording debuts but few, if any, have shown more confidence than 24-year-old Al Martino's 1952 performance of the romantic ballad, "Here In My Heart". Back then, a singer had to perform along with the orchestra and nothing could be changed afterwards. Martino soared to the top of his range for a thrilling top E, equalling anything his friend, Mario Lanza, had done.

Dragon builds London den

Dragon's Den star James Caan plans to build a £140m canalside apartments scheme in north west London.

James Caan: A dragon in his den

Tycoon James Caan, famous for his role in the BBC's hit series, talks to Mark Leftly about his own private-equity firm – and how it takes young businesses and turns them into major players

Business Diary: 27/06/2009

Cashing in on a belief in free markets

The Economist arrives, with the curious omission of almost any coverage of the latest row over City bonuses.

Story of the Scene: The Godfather (1972)

About 50 minutes into The Godfather, just after the "sleeps with the fishes" scene, Mafia henchmen Clemenza and Rocco get into a car with Paulie. They intend to kill him.

The 5-minute Interview: James Caan, Entrepreneur

'I love sailing ... I fancy myself as a bit of a Robinson Crusoe'

My Way: James Caan reveals his tips for success in the workplace

'Those who are confident tend to do better'

Comment: Be a devil: don't get drunk this Friday evening

WHERE'S THE fun in getting drunk on Millennium Eve? Half the fun of getting drunk is the sense that you are doing something slightly naughty. The best session you ever have is when you accidentally bump into a neighbour you have never spoken to before, having popped out for some celery. You pop into a grimy pub for a swift pint, and six hours later you're both playing pool against two blokes who tell you they have escaped from a prison on the Isle of Man. Then you somehow stumble across somewhere selling a late drink in the most unlikely place, such as a launderette, and the next morning you ring in sick, saying you must have eaten a dodgy pork chop.

Film: Hitchcock's other leading lady

Hitchock kept casting his daughter in his films. All part of his cunning plan, or good old-fashioned nepotism?

Film Studies: How I learnt to start worrying and fear TV

I had fallen asleep early and dropped into this nightmare. My two sons - nine and four - were doing a circus high-wire act, but then the ring became a city at war with the wire unwinding and a pit of cobras waiting for their fall. Suddenly I woke, and it was "all right after all" - or was it? There they were, side by side on the sofa, surfing through the cable system, laughing out loud at the collisions they could summon on the remote.

Words: mattress, n.

NORA EPHRON'S cyberspace movie You've Got Mail is not the perfect romantic comedy which was its inspiration, The Shop Around the Corner. There are good touches: an allusion to the musical version, She Loves Me; Tom Hanks, a chain-store-owner, uses an IBM lap-top, Meg Ryan, an independent shop-owner, an Apple; and men's close knowledge of The Godfather, as in the advice "go to the mattresses" - sleeping on the floor before an offensive.

Monday's Book; The Godfather Book by Peter Cowie Faber & Faber, pounds 14.99

Around two-thirds of this book is a worthy celebration of two of the greatest achievements of American cinema. The immaculately polished, near-sepia images of Coppola's first two Godfather films pursued the themes of corruption, family and betrayal with operatic grandeur. Cowie has dug out a wealth of fascinating detail about the making of these dark masterpieces.

Blood is thicker than water

The Corleones are back - in glorious new 35mm prints. David Thomson celebrates 'The Godfather' epic and pays tribute to America's first family

Ryan Gilbey on film

I'm not a "lists" person. But do you realise just what an incredible four-and-a-half months of films we've had? It's like 1972 or something. (How fitting that The Godfather is being re-released in July.) It may not be cool to get this giddy about a year when you're not even halfway through it. But even if 1996 doesn't produce another single frame of the remotest worth, it should still go down as the richest year of the decade so far. I can't remember ever feeling quite so happy to hand over my seven quid.
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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

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