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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sells for $400k

A guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for 408,000 US dollars (£269,000) at a New York auction today.

The reaction: Sir Alex Ferguson retires after 27 years at Man Utd

The 71-year-old Scot announced this morning that he will stand down

It is hoped that the gimmick will raise awareness of child abuse

Inside the surprisingly old science of double
vision: Charity uses optical illusion to deliver hidden message to children to report abuse

A charity in Spain has revealed an advert that uses an optical illusion to deliver a hidden message to passing children, encouraging them to report potential abuse.

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Review: The Schism, By Robert Dickinson

The strange tale of a man with demons

Magician Steve Truglia's new Card Shark Show exposes the tricks of gambling cheats

After life in SAS and as 007 stuntman, Steve Truglia exposes card sharks in new magic show

A former member of the Special Forces, turned stunt man has now forged a career in magic, and his new show has just seen him promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle achieved by examination.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic

There are some lovely things in it, and there's one riotous surge of profane comic energy, but a faint sense of disappointment lingers over this much-anticipated reunion of director Tom Morris and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, the team that conquered the world with the wondrous War Horse.

Slim on stage in Spain in 2007: ‘The blues is a feeling,’ he said. ‘You have to feel the blues to play it’

Magic Slim: Electrifying blues singer and guitarist

Ever since musicians like Alexis Korner, John Mayall and the Rolling Stones introduced the baby boomer generation to Chicago blues, originators and perpetuators of the genre have found a ready market for their talent in Europe. The Mississippi-born singer and guitarist Magic Slim was one of the last links to legendary performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, whose physical presence he recalled.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable

'There's no magic money tree': David Cameron and Nick Clegg slap down Vince Cable for suggesting government could jumpstart flatlining economy by increasing borrowing

Downing Street insists PM is 'sticking to the course' despite Liberal Democrat Business Secretary's comments

Album review: Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Berg: Lulu-Suite (Deutsche Grammophon)

Album review: Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Berg: Lulu-Suite (Deutsche Grammophon)

Rarely performed, Mahler's Das Klagende Lied is a grisly fantasy in which the bones of a victim of regal fratricide are used to make a magic flute which, when played by the murderer, reveals his guilt – a sort of cross between Hamlet and Saw.

Poll: Would you use the new Bang With Friends Facebook app?

Another year, another hook-up app. Bang With Friends launched last week and claims to anonymously hook-up friends who might not have plucked up the courage to ask for no-strings sex in person.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook eager to move on from defeat in India

England were beaten by 127 runs

A view outside the Maracana

England to play Brazil in Rio de Janeiro

Roy Hodgson hopeful game will be played at the Maracana

Postcard from... Cern

It's just another day of digital carnage in the Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.

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