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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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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence