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Mount Kimbie are playing this year's Festival No. 6.

Books: Bonfire of blood

I KNEW I WAS RIGHT by Julie Burchill, Heinemann pounds 15.99

Who was in the driving seat?

Some thrived, some fell off the edge. Over the next three pages we look at the UK's business personalities of 1997

Ice in her heart and irony in her soul

Celebrity today requires irony, otherwise it is embarrassing. So It's Ulrika! (BBC2, Mon) is the ultimate new show. Its star looks nice (though "oozing sex", as one paper has it, does insufficient justice to her inner iciness), is charming, clearly intelligent, and has sufficient ability not to make herself look idiotic. But she is - far more than most - essentially a media construction, an empty, elegant glass vessel, into which various coloured liquids are poured by the likes of Reeves and Mortimer. She is not a singer, a dancer, or a comic. If she looked like Kathy Burke she would not have had a career in telly. Her private life is almost a media construction itself, for she has been married to a TV cameraman and lived with - of all things - a Gladiator called Hunter (and I don't suppose they discussed Proust over their gravadlax).

WORDS OF THE WEEK

Working with her was like being bombed by watermelons... It's what Alan Ladd thought about Sophia Loren, right, and is one of a new collection of insults

RECORDS: REVIEWS

ROCK

CHASING DRAGONS

Long before Yves Saint Laurent launched Opium, glamour and debauchery were already joined at the hip. Here, one of Britain's leading fashion commentators surveys 30 years of style and substance abuse

Arts: Lord of the trance

Steven Berkoff, mad dog of stage and screen, is about to be unleashed on vinyl. John O' Reilly meets pop's new pin-up

The dumbing down of an after-dark DJ

Radio 1's new man in the morning isn't moronic enough for the slot, argues David Walker

All across the nation

... there's a strange vibration. Nigel Williamson revisits San Francisco

Chattering classes write a good game

BOOK OF THE WEEK; A Book of Two Halves: New Football Short Stories edited by Nicholas Royle (Victor Gollancz, pounds 9.99)

Pop Albums: Public Image Ltd Metal Box Virgin MTLCD 1

A welcome and timely reissue of PiL's grim masterpiece from 1979 - timely in the light of John Lydon's recent activities and the pre-eminence in current pop language of stripped drum and bass rhythm; welcome because it's still a terrific record.

one king's road summer

In the blazing summer of 1976, the hippie died, New Wave was born, and one London street became the centre of everything. Paul du Noyer remembers a revolution

Phoenix Festival Stratford-upon-Avon

Blistering heat. Expensive lager. Drivers inching their cars up dirt tracks toward men with walkie-talkies who will tell them that they're at the wrong entrance. Ah, the festival experience! At the Phoenix Festival, held near Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend, you sometimes felt that it couldn't have got worse if Margherite Pracatan had been wheeled on as a special guest. And then she was. She tickled her keyboard and rolled her "r"s. She opened with "I Will Survive". You didn't think you would.
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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