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Simon Calder: Romantic tales of America's airports

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Observations: Lost recording of John and Yoko's passion for

A lost recording of John Lennon and Yoko Ono celebrating the release of one of the Sixties' most famous "political" prisoners over the phone has come to light, just as he appears at an anniversary concert in London.

For Ono's project <i>Smile</i> anyone is welcome to upload an image of their smirk, to create a

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Sea here: The view from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess

48 Hours: Bermuda

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Life through a lens: celebrity snapper Richard Simpkin poses with Pierce Brosnan (1995)

Snapshots of the changing face of fame

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Josie Long: The Future Is Another Place, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

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Jobs boost with new Ryanair routes

Up to 2,000 new jobs could be created after Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary announced a raft of new routes from Manchester Airport.

John Lennon album sells for 23k

An album signed by John Lennon hours before he was shot dead has fetched £23,750 at auction.

Steven Tyler wants 'enthusiastic' Aerosmith return

Steven Tyler hopes his autobiography will "jump start" Aerosmith into performing together again.

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