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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Album: The Beatles, Stereo Vinyl Box (Apple)

The Holy Grail of audiophile pop: The Beatles' entire output re-pressed on 180g vinyl, 16 records accompanied by a lavishly bound hardback book, all packaged in the sturdiest of boxes.

Neil Lennon celebrates Celtic’s victory over Barcelona

Kevin Garside: Belief in fate and miracles belittles the coach's role

For the Higgs boson believers, and me, Celtic just got lucky against Barcelona

The Weekend's Viewing: Two history shows, but with very different intellectual price points

Rome's Lost Empire, Sun, BBC1 // Westminster Abbey, Fri, BBC2

Robert le diable, Royal Opera House, London

Every show has a back-story, but this is more convoluted than most. With its Gothic effects – including a saucy ballet for ghostly nuns - and with its massive orchestral, vocal, and choreographic forces, Meyerbeer’s ‘Robert le diable’ quickly became the most popular opera in Europe after its 1831 premiere, yet this is its first London production since 1890.

In this picture released by American magician Wayne Houchin, Dominican TV presenter Franklin Barazarte, left, reacts as Houchin's head burns while taping

Bizarre 'stunt' leaves magician badly burnt after Dominican Republic TV host doused him with flammable cologne and set fire to him

Wayne Houchin, 29, was appearing on a show called Closer To The Stars when the guest host, Franklin Barazarte, abruptly doused the magician's head with 'Agua de Florida,' a flammable cologne used in religious rituals

Ios DVD review: Magic Mike

In its first half, Steven Soderbergh’s comedy drama about a troupe of male strippers is a laidback lark, with a disarmingly dopey leading man (Channing Tatum), and, of course, some crackingly athletic disrobing.

DVD & Blu Ray: Magic Mike (15)

Matthew McConaughey, after his louche turn in Killer Joe, once again excels as an ageing, preening stripper in Steven Soderbergh's lightweight drama.

DVD review: Arthur Christmas

Aardman's cartoon about Father Christmas and his two sons is bright, colourful fun.

Think Nadine's bad? Look at Naza

Kazakhstan's president exhibits all the democratic credibility of a Wright Stuff phone vote in

The Queen meets Dame Helen Ghosh at a reception for winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace in 2010

Top female civil servant: PM has got a problem with women

It’s tricky for female MPs to break into ‘Old Etonian clique’, Whitehall figure says

Interview with a Pendle witch

Four centuries after the infamous witch trials of 1612, artist Joe Hesketh is a modern day Halloween witch from Pendle. Matilda Battersby meets her

Simon English: Number crunchers' 1% isn't too obvious down in Dagenham

Outlook: The double-dip is over, so the number-crunchers tell us. Over in Dagenham – a part of the world perhaps not regularly frequented by David Cameron unless there's a photo-op involved – there weren't too many champagne corks popping yesterday. The good folks of Dagenham have the sense to prefer Babycham anyway.

Brave hearts: the Mohawks, with MacManus centre back

Ken MacManus: The last of the bareback riders

Some readers can look back with nostalgia to the days when a quaint sight was the annual visit of a small circus to the village green. It would materialise overnight, give a couple of performances ad then steal off in the night, leaving only a circle of sawdust traces and happy memories for children.

The Weekend's Viewing: Arena: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited, Sat, BBC2
The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, Sat, BBC2

When the British public sat down to watch the latest Beatles film on Boxing Day in 1967, they might have expected similar fare to A Hard Day's Night and Help!, released a few years earlier, or maybe even something a bit more festive.

Andy Murray celebrates his win over Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko

Andy Murray makes light work of toiling Lukas Lacko in Japan

The rain-laden skies outside were as grey as an autumn afternoon in Scotland, but under the cover of the retractable roof here in the Ariake Colosseum yesterday Andy Murray's tennis shone like a summer's day by the Mediterranean. The 25-year-old Scot needed just 57 minutes to beat Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-1, 6-2 to earn a place against Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open.

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