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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.

Surge in prisoners freed early in error

Almost 200 prisoners including murderers and sex offenders have been freed early by mistake over the past five years, according to official Government figures.

John Rentoul: Like it or not, there it is. A Tory policy

Voluntary work for young people is not new – but David Cameron wants to make it universally available

Prisoner realeased in error hands himself in

A prisoner who was charged with murder and released from custody "in error" has handed himself in, police said.

Andy Duncan quits as Channel 4 chief

Broadcaster's funding gap remains unresolved

James Moore: King's 'sort of' recovery can easily go off

Outlook: It's that dreaded "double dip" again, except that, according to Mervyn King, we are not going to experience one – probably. The Governor of the Bank of England says Britain's economic recovery will be weak and fragile but it will be sustained. It is hard to see anything as good news when a jobless total of 2.43 million is announced, but the fact is that this was a shade better than expected.

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BBC commercial profits fall in 'challenging conditions'

The collapse of Woolworths and the impact of the recession on foreign travel contributed to a £32 million drop in profits for the BBC's commercial arm today.

Denis MacShane: This bill is going to reduce us all in the Commons to poodles

The party leaders have crossed a Rubicon in giving up vital powers

BBC laid low by tales of state-funded high life

From wrapping paper to iPods and luxury jets, the expenses of BBC executives have been thrown open to public scrutiny

Sissons quits with a final swipe at 'pretty' presenters

They are both Oxford University educated journalists who are recognised among the country's most prominent and highly paid newscasters.

C4 close to Worldwide deal as landmark report looms

BBC expected to agree joint venture to secure C4's future 'within days'

Jeremy Warner: A bogus Budget that ducks the inevitable pain of spending cuts

Budget Outlook In terms of its economics, this was undoubtedly one of the most unconvincing and wrong- headed Budgets of the modern era. Once everyone sees through this lack of economic credibility, it may not look politically that clever either, despite the usual bewildering array of classically Brownite "populist" measures.

Commons suspended to mark Cameron tragedy

The House of Commons was suspended briefly today, and Prime Minister's Questions cancelled, as a "mark of respect" following the death of Tory leader David Cameron's disabled son Ivan.

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