Peggy Sued over Buddy book

Woman who lent her name to one of rock'n'roll's most famous songs threatened with court by the singer's wife

The Killing of John Lennon (15)

Mark Chapman is the snivelling fantasist who murdered John Lennon. By rights he should be no more than a fine-print footnote in pop history, so it's hard to see why he merits a two-hour biopic concentrating on the months before the assassination, especially as the film does nothing but confirm that he was a fame-hungry ego-maniac. "There has never been any choice for me," he mewls in a voiceover that quotes directly from Chapman's journals. "I don't think I ever hugged my father." Your heart bleeds, doesn't it? Contemptible as Chapman is, the film idolises him by paying such reverent attention to his life and thoughts. It's worthless, sordid, tedious stuff.

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Lyrics Born, Jazz Café, London

John, by Cynthia Lennon

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Crimson Tide: the heroes' homecoming

Wednesday's extraordinary events in Istanbul sent Liverpool into a frenzy of celebration. Ian Herbert joined the 250,000-strong crowd and found himself swept away on a red wave of emotion

The Weasel: Tell 'em about the honey, Mummy

For those over 45, `smoothie' calls to mind Michael Aspel rather than a drink

The Beatles? No, thanks

The Quarrymen managed to let Lennon, McCartney and Harrison slip through their fingers. Nearly five decades after that mistake, they are releasing their first album. Tim Cooper reports

Peel tipped to make Mersey counter-bid

Peel Holdings last night appeared set to table a £780m counter-offer for Mersey Docks, after it bought more than 10 per cent of the ports group's shares in a single stock market transaction.

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