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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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