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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.

More Britons than Americans died on Titanic 'because they queued'

British passengers on the Titanic died in disproportionate numbers because they queued politely for lifeboats while Americans elbowed their way on, an Australian researcher believes.

Pipe aiming three at Grand National

David Pipe could have up to three runners in this year's Grand National as he attempts to follow up last year's success with Comply Or Die. The current title holder will aim to shrug off his two disappointing runs of this season and become the first since Red Rum in 1974 to win consecutive renewals at Aintree. He could yet be joined by stablemates Puntal and Madison Du Berlais.

Andrew Grice: Tax rise is a repudiation of New Labour

Peter Mandelson, one of New Labour's architects, memorably said that it was "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich". Yesterday, after the Cabinet was briefed on Alistair Darling's plan to raise the top rate of income tax for people earning £150,000 a year, Lord Mandelson told the meeting: "In the sweep of history, this will not be seen as the tectonic plates shifting."

Grandfather aged 76 goes behind bars for 43rd time

Richard Blaylock was 11 when, in 1943, he embarked on a career in burglary. Yesterday the white-haired 76-year-old began his latest stretch behind bars – his 43rd at Her Majesty's pleasure – for an attempted robbery in Carlisle.

Baddeley sets up Lancashire's debut on the big stage

Andy Baddeley's achievement in joining his fellow Britons Steve Cram, Steve Ovett and Peter Elliott as a winner of the Oslo Dream Mile last Friday night was recognised in yesterday's announcement of the European Cup team, in which he has been offered his distance of choice, the 3,000 metres.

Alan Watkins: Mr Brown lacks the Commons touch

Of the four Labour premiers since 1964, the current PM is the least convincing public performer. And he can't take a joke

Jobs blow as brewery closes

Brewer Scottish & Newcastle today announced plans to close its Reading brewery with the potential loss of 362 jobs.

S&N in bid talks as brewers raise offer

After three months spent resisting a break-up offer from Carlsberg and Hein-eken, Scottish & Newcastle has finally agreed to takeover talks with its suitors as they agreed to increase their bid price, for the third time, to 800p per share.

Deborah Orr: It all makes sensational reading, but does anyone think about the children?

It's been a vintage week for armchair gossips, with personal revelations that one would normally have to twitch the curtains feverishly to happen upon simply falling into the laps of a nation agog. Merry pontification about Madonna, who adopted a Malawian non-orphan, centred on whether David was being rescued from poverty for selfless enough reasons and, as usual, everyone agreed that since the world's thirst for details about the child would be insatiable, he'd never get a minute's peace. Tut, tut.

Richard E Grant: Welcome to my family

An abusive father and adulterous mother gave Richard E Grant plenty of material for a film about his life. Gerard Gilbert meets him

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Racing: Winston arrested in `race-fixing' probe

ROBERT WINSTON, one of the weighing room's rising stars, has become the fifth jockey to be arrested as part of the City of London police force's ongoing investigation into alleged race-fixing, writes Sue Montgomery.
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