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Various Artists, Ace: An entertaining and inspiring collection

The ascent of Manchester (from the Hollies to the Hacienda)

Dave Haslam tells the story of how Wigan Casino Man evolved into an Oasis fan, by way of Morrissey and Happy Mondays

Records: Soul

Various Artists: Marvin is 60 (Motown)

The joy of sex at sixty

Profile: Peter Stringfellow The BBC has uncovered new talent in this veteran of the bedroom.

Jazz: Any which way you can

Kyle Eastwood got a good start in jazz - his dad's an aficionado of no small fame. But that's where the family ties end. Eastwood Jr really can play bass.

Music: Some guys have all the luck

Robert Palmer is the boy from Batley who made it big. A new album, a wardrobe full of smart suits and a sumptuous international lifestyle - his only worry is whether he'll have to loosen his belt.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 30: Marvin Gaye, Soul Singer

MARVIN GAYE'S melodramatic death in 1984, at the age of 45, had the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. There was nowhere else for him to go. Truly, nobody knew the trouble he'd seen.

Peter York On Ads No 253: Weight Watchers - You don't have to be fat ...

Deep Fried Potato Wedges, with a figure like yours? Mais bien sur, when it's Heinz Weight Watchers Mexican Chilli. Weight Watchers have gone for the woman thing in their new commercial, with swirly whirly moody images, a variety of filters - red, blue, gold and green - and a variety of big thoughts about the elemental wonderfulness of women. It's got something of the look of the Red magazine launch ad, but prettier and less crazed.

Christmas books: Pop - A couple of thousand Pink Floyd fans can be wrong

Cole Moreton reviews the year's best rock books (and Ian Gillan's)

SINS OF THE FATHER

Marvin Gaye's father prophesied greatness for his son and yet he hated him - and, in 1984, he killed him. A fortnight after the father's death, here is the first full account of their tangled relationship, and of the singer's last days

Marvin Gaye's father and killer is dead

THE FATHER of Marvin Gaye has died, 14 years after he shot dead the legendary soul star during an argument. Marvin Gay (as his name was spelled) died in hospital last Sunday after developing pneumonia at his retirement home in Long Beach, California.

Classical Music: Still hooked on 'classics'

They're built up as icons. But are so-called seminal albums actually an y good? By Nick Coleman

Jazz review: The silent treatment works best

St Lucia Jazz Festival

Meet the new bossa

After years lounging in the middle of the musical road, Marcos Valle is riding the bossa nova to a cool renaissance on its 40th birthday. Phil Johnson talks to the master

Music: Going back to his roots

Mark-Anthony Turnage likes funk? Can't be true... Nick Coleman unravels an unlikely raft of influences

Lyric Sheets: Tamla's Golden Years

The Motown Chartbusters Collection has been re-released for Christmas. The famous Hitsville Studio, which was situated in one room of a Detroit bungalow, has now been opened as a museum.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there