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Winston Churchill's ability to lift the spirits of the British people in times of adversity were neatly balanced with a sparkling line in withering put-downs

Nothing going on but the songs

Oasis launched their national tour in Exeter on Saturday. Though perhaps launch is too dynamic a word, writes Magnus Mills

Living in the past

The new Oasis album has the swagger and singability we've come to expect. But, warns Andy Gill, don't expect innovation

Noel and Liam open up for BBC

Despite his penchant for anthemic rock songs Noel Gallagher declares there is nothing for the youth of the Nineties to believe in anymore in a documentary to be shown next week. Instead Noel and his brother Liam extol the virtues of having fun in Oasis: Right Here Right Now which will be shown next Wednesday on BBC1, the night before the band's new album goes on sale.

Finding the number of the Dept of Culture, Media and Sport included the comment: `Oh, culture. I thought you said torture'

``Welcome to Britain. Now sod off." If, by some chance, you recognise that phrase, it is not because the British Tourist Authority has come up with a catchy new Liam Gallagher-style slogan to promote the UK. It is because I wrote it three years ago, when testing the welcome we offer to visitors. The location I chose was Gatwick airport, and the perception of most new arrivals endeavouring to travel to central London was summed up by a couple of Americans who said "We're used to this crap - we're from New York."

Pop: A Day at the Races/ Paul Weller Crystal Palace, London

There were nine support acts on Saturday's Day at the Races bill, and even though most of them were on and off quicker than novice broncobusters, you had to be selective to avoid aural burn-out. Wisely, an hour's break was scheduled between Skunk Anansie's exit and Paul Weller's entrance. Finally, the Modfather took us all by surprise and bounded on 15 minutes early. I don't know what they're cutting his Sanatogen with these days, but it certainly makes him get his skates on.

Former Oasis drummer in new bid to call tune

The drummer with the pop band Oasis who was dismissed as they hit success in 1995 is to sue the band for his share in their fortune, it was claimed yesterday.

Oasis Web sites wonder what's the story

The message from Oasis's management to hundreds of the band's fans on the Internet could have come straight from the lyrics of "Wonderwall": "by now you should've somehow realised what you gotta do".

Oasis brothers deny they have pounds 40m fortune

Superstars Noel and Liam Gallagher (right) earned a new sort of notoriety yesterday when they were named among Britain's wealthiest 500 in the Sunday Times Rich List. But there was an immediate riposte from their spokesman, who declared the published figures to be rubbish.

The Best Of: Hype Alert

Anna Friel, Liam Gallagher Vic Reeves and Anthea Turner are among the nominees for this year's Spectacle Wearer of the Year Award, to be presented on Tuesday. Past winners, who demonstrated the "positive aspects of wearing spectacles", have included Lorraine Kelly and Sir Cliff. The Jarvis Cocker campaign starts here

Third time lucky Patsy?

Young, free and twice-divorced single, today's the day that Patsy gets her man. Again. So, says Emma Forrest, what's wrong with a girl who just wants to settle down?

Fog, cricket, umbrellas? Give us a break. Come to sex and curry Britain

Who wants to be characterised as a nation of bowler-hatted lords? I'll take the 'we're slags and proud of it' image any day

Get this balloon down - and fast!

Why do you think all these brave men who set out to balloon round the world decide to get back to earth as quickly as they can? You don't really believe it's because an international airline owner can't get over the Atlas mountains, or a state-of-the-art watch company doesn't know what time of day it is. Of course not.

Anger as Oasis star cautioned over drug

Liam Gallagher, the bad boy of British pop music, escaped with a ticking- off from police yesterday for possessing cocaine.

Liam Gallagher needs to be happy, and so do I

The Bad News: After much breast-beating, Di has reluctantly become a divorcee.

The Yanks? I love them, says Liam

The Oasis singer Liam Gallagher arrived in Chicago last night and denied that he did not care about the band's fans.
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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s