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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

Sore throat, sore head, sore soul

Too sick to sing, too stressed to fly. Liam, neurotic fiance or terminal screw-up? By Sheryl Garratt

Oasis star denies rift with band

The Oasis singer Liam Gallagher ventured out to buy a pint of milk yesterday, and took time from his brief shopping expedition to deny that the band was on the verge of splitting up.

'I spot someone I'm sure I know. The eyebrows, the lope - Liam Gallagher'

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Girls at their worst

Female pop idols get a raw deal in the media. Or are they asking for it? By Emma Cook

Every dog will have his day

The practical, sloppy shoes that always remind you of grandad are making a comeback in bold, new hues

Leading article: Politicians follow a mirage of public opinion

Luciano Pavarotti sings Liam Gallagher. At least that's what the promoters of the Three Tenors' forthcoming Wembley concert want. The fat man sings the tiny Mancunian, and why not? Musical forms have always begged, borrowed and stolen from one another. Now the pace is increasing. Hyperion, we reported yesterday, is about to bring out a CD of Great British Light Music Classics, trying to introduce younger people to the beauties of middlebrow: Eric Coates for a new generation. Nor is it just music. Cultural mingling is accelerating across the arts. People no longer feel themselves bound to define themselves as one thing or another. We're magpies and resent being tied to a single tree.

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Album Review: Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory Creation CRE CD 189

This is a bit cheeky, even for a thieving pop magpie like Noel Gallagher, you think as the opening song on Oasis's sophomore offering resolves itself into a closing chorus of "Hello, hello, it's good to be back, it's good to be back." And indeed it is. Both cheeky and good to have them back, that is. There's nothing quite as blatant on the rest of the album, though; it's as if, mindful of his own reputation as the light-fingered Larry of modern pop, Gallagher has just strolled into his latest confrontation with the listening public and headbutted us all in the face with a pre-emptive strike. So, he's saying, I nick stuff. Wanna make something of it?

CHILDREN / The night the bad men came and killed my daddy: Mentally scarred children are the unacknowledged victims of the Troubles. Belfast's first trauma clinic has been set up to help them. Seth Linder reports

Liam Gallagher, aged five, was sleeping in his parents' bed when three masked UVF gunmen broke down the door of his North Belfast home in the early hours of the morning. Four years later his mother, Patricia, is still not sure what Liam or his elder brother, Paul, saw or understood of what happened next: 'Joe (Liam's father) tried to push the gunmen back down the stairs with a ladder but they shot him dead. I ran out into the street screaming for help. This neighbour ran in and he told me he saw the two boys kneeling down beside their daddy and the wee boy was holding his hand.'
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