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Murray Lachlan Young is a British performance poet - the first poet to be given a £1m record deal - and a regular on Radio 4 and 6.

Stairway To Heaven 'UK's favourite rock song'

It is supposedly banned in some guitar shops and has become the stuff of cliche, but Led Zeppelin track Stairway To Heaven has been named the UK's favourite rock song.

Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck, Together & Apart, The O2, London

Heroes together are a class apart

It Might Get Loud (PG)

Plectrums at the ready: this hagiography of three guitar heroes will have axe-aficionados everywhere striking a pose in the name of amplified rock.

Jimmy Page - It's been a long time since he rock'n'rolled

The documentary It Might Get Loud brings together a trio of guitar heroes and marks Jimmy Page's first return to action since Led Zeppelin's reunion show in 2007. James McNair meets the axeman

Bobby Graham: Session drummer who played on around 15,000 records

Although Bobby Graham was not a household name, his claim that he had played on 15,000 records was substantially correct. During the 1960s, he was one of the UK's leading session musicians, going from one London recording studio to another, adding his talents to such hit records as John Leyton's "Johnny Remember Me", P.J. Proby's "Hold Me", Billy Fury's "It's Only Make Believe", Engelbert Humperdinck's "The Last Waltz" and Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me".

My Fantasy Band - Master Shortie

Vocals - Prince
Prince is an amazing songwriter and performer. I have never seen him live but I have seen plenty of videos of him. I really hope to see him play in the future.

Sport on TV: Chinese roll out the red carpet for Boris and other muppets

Opening ceremonies are hugely inconsequential and usually embarrassing. At most they can be quite amusing. Closing ceremonies, like third-place play-offs, no one cares about. So what are we to make of a handover ceremony which lasts eight minutes? In Building the Olympic Dream (BBC2, Wednesday), the BBC made a programme about the making of the Beijing handover ceremony. By 2012 there will be programmes about making programmes about the Olympics. Perhaps they should introduce a new medal for navel-gazing.

My Fantasy Band: Amadou Bagayoko, Amadou & Mariam

Vocals - Robert Plant
I have so much love for Led Zeppelin. I met Robert in Switzerland, when we played a big concert together. He watched me perform and I was so proud. It was one of the best days of my life.

Dom Joly: Flash, bang, wallop... that's it for another year

Thank God bonfire night is over for another year. I know I sound like a bit of a party pooper, but I really do feel that, as a rule, once you've seen one fireworks display you've seen them all.

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Sarah Sands: Don't force Handel on a headbanger

Moshing will never catch on at the Proms

Chinese ridicule London's part in closing ceremony

Chinese press and bloggers have been less than favourable about London's contribution to Beijing's Olympic closing ceremony – criticising contributions from the London Mayor Boris Johnson and David Beckham.

Dom Joly: So I'm at this party. And this guy took my picture

Britain's post-Games bash was full of the rich and famous. And photo-ops

Thank you, Beijing, you've been great. Now it's over to London

As British athletes celebrate their highest medal haul for a hundred years, all eyes turn to the UK where Boris Johnson, undaunted by Chinese efficiency, promises a "fantabulous" Games

London revealed: The grand tours

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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