Goodbye Hello: Beatlemania 2009

They formed five decades ago, broke up 40 years back, and this week they will attract a new audience. Author and historian Simon Wells investigates

Airport baggage handlers end strike

Striking baggage handlers at a city airport have gone back to work, it was confirmed today.

John Lennon and I didn't fall out says Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney has denied he and fellow Beatle John Lennon did not get on.

Michael Jackson at the Gates of Heaven and Hell, Underbelly

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My Fantasy Band - Ian Broudie Lightning Seeds

Vocals - Johnny Cash and John Lennon
I think if they'd sung together they would have been magic. They're my heroes. They both had fantastic careers but both went through complete reawakenings and had second halves. Cash went on to work with Rubin on American Recordings and Lennon came out of the Beatles and made 'Imagine'. They both did it, then did it again.

'Business as usual' as airport workers strike

An airport hit by an indefinite strike by workers in a row over jobs said it was "business as usual" today despite the walkout.

Airport workers to strike over redundancies

Baggage handlers at a city's airport have voted to go on strike, their union announced today.

Michael Jackson albums take 14 of top 20 chart places

Michael Jackson's sales have instantly seen a massive boom as a result of his death.

Real 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' gravely ill

They were childhood chums. Then they drifted apart, lost touch completely, and only renewed their friendship decades later, when illness struck.

Lennon's sister tells of 'disgust' for biography

Family member complains of 'sordid and scurrilous rumours' about ex-Beatle

My Fantasy Band - Mark Ronson

Vocals - Stevie Wonder and Steve Winwood
Can I have two? Stevie Wonder is just the most amazing singer of all time so he has to be there. Steve Winwood was for me the first important white soul singer I ever heard and he blew me away. I think they'd work well together but Steve would probably modestly let Stevie take centre stage.

Julie Ege: 'Sex Symbol of the 1970s'

In the late Sixties and early Seventies, British cinema-goers, and British men in general, had a weakness for Scandinavian women. For a time, the Norwegian actress and model Julie Ege was as ubiquitous as Sweden's Britt Ekland.

Leading article: Good night

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge to John Lennon, our bards have made a pretty good job of articulating the joys of sleep. But as a nation, it has to be said that we've made a pretty poor fist of acting on their encomia to that blissful state. If sleep is "a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole", why are we "still yawning" in the middle of the afternoon? A survey has discovered that we are not sleeping enough here in Britain. More than two-thirds of those questioned said they were not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. This must come into that bulging category of surveys which would have provoked more surprise had they yielded the reverse result.

Jagger vs Lennon: London's riots of 1968 provided the backdrop to a rock'n'roll battle royale

Forty years ago, the world was on the brink of revolution. But while Mick was urging insurrection on the streets of London, John was preaching peace and love. In a series of incendiary, rediscovered interviews, Jagger and Lennon reveal themselves as never before or since: battling one another for the soul of rock'n'roll

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