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The parade of musicians onto the Barbican stage has Norma Waterson at its centre, and there's a chair centre-stage for her, set between daughter Eliza and niece Marry, and spread either side stand musical friends and family – Martin Carthy, Olly Knight and Neill MacColl on guitars, multi-instrumentalist Kate St John, brilliant husky-voiced young singer John Smith duetting with an assured Kami Thompson, and committed turns from Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker, stick-thin enough to really do "The Scarecrow", one of many strange and wonderful works to trip from the mind of Lal Waterson.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Lord Leveson admits he made one big slip-up

Our man in Westminster

Winger Jermaine McGillvary raced over for two early tries

Huddersfield 46 Salford 4: Danny Brough pulls strings to set up Wigan decider

Huddersfield duly regained first place in the Super League, setting up a possible League Leaders’ Trophy decider at Wigan on Friday.

Queen got in trouble with the Musicians' Union in 1984

The Musicians' Union: Alive and well, playing by the book

Union has been helping musicians since 1893

BBC Worldwide sales hit £1.16bn in a year

Selling TV hits such as the natural history series Africa and Strictly Come Dancing around the world helped the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, to boost sales by 3 per cent to £1.16 billion in the year to March.

Tim Yeo: 'There could be natural causes, natural phases that are taking place'

Senior Conservative Tim Yeo stands aside amid lobbying claims

Withdrawal from committee follows secret filming by undercover reporters posing as energy firm representatives

Tiger Woods teed off mired in a rules controversy after taking an incorrect drop on Friday

The Masters 2013: Latest report from day three at Augusta

Tiger Woods was today attempting to repair the damage caused by a two-shot penalty as an incident-packed Masters continued at Augusta National.

Five things we learnt from Aintree this year...

1 Remodelled fences are a leap forward

Little Josh (centre) is pictured jumping The Chair

Aintree 2013: Tragedy strikes again on eve of Grand National

Little Josh becomes the second fatality in as many days

Emeny to take the helm at Fuller, Smith & Turner

Fuller’s, brewer of London Pride, was set up 160 years ago and has over 400 pubs

Ireland’s Stuart Crawford takes a tumble with Mourne Paddy at the Chair during the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase

Aintree: Tartan Snow's moment in the sun tainted by disaster

100-1 shot wins Fox Hunters’ Chase but all the talk will be of Battlefront’s death

The New One won at Cheltenham last month

The New One favourite to upstage hurdles old guard

The obsession with its climax, for better or worse, tends to mean that the first two days of the John Smith's Grand National meeting can be unjustly overlooked. But some of the sport scheduled at Aintree before Saturday is more than a match for the championship events at Cheltenham last month – not least now that Sprinter Sacre has been diverted there to try two and a half miles on Friday.

David Miliband: ‘If anyone briefs against my brother, we’ll fire them...'

The decency of David Miliband

His legacy is the modern Labour Party

Cue Card’s trainer, Colin Tizzard

Tizzard takes gallops cue to square up to Sprinter

The gauntlet that was left lying on the ground at Cheltenham is to be picked up at Aintree.

Barry Geraghty celebrates on Bobs Worth after winning the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Cheltenham Gold Cup day at Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Festival: Bobs Worth takes Gold Cup victory but final day overshadowed by McNamara concerns

The 11-4 favourite outstayed Tony McCoy and Sir Des Champs

Sketch: So Miliband's playing politics. So he's being opportunistic. So what?

There's nothing the House of Commons likes more than to relive the battles of the past. As Dennis Skinner put it during yesterday's Europe debate, it was "almost a replay" of the great crisis over the Maastricht Treaty nearly 20 years ago. Earlier, Ed Miliband had ominously, if crudely, invoked that heady period by telling David Cameron that he was "weak abroad... weak at home. It is John Major all over again".

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