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TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said of the strike action today: "I genuinely regret the disruption and inconvenience that these kinds of actions cause, but I think people do realise that sometimes it is right to take a stand. Public sector workers are saying to the Government 'you have got to negotiate in a fair way'.
On 9 September 2001, Islamic terrorists launched a massive attack on the USA.
Breakage (James Boyle to his mum) drops the kind of bass heavy D’n’B meets breaks beats that hits you square in the chest. This producer du jour’s tracks have now been voted “Hottest Record in the World” five times in a row by Zane Lowe. He took time out from hitting chests and wooing Lowes to answer a few of our questions...
Close-harmonising sisters, mandolins, lapsteels and, when the songwriting hits the spot, country-pop which – were it given that "polished" production that kills most music of this kind – would sell squillions in those parts of America tourists rarely tread.
Trip-hop act Massive Attack have their first stand-alone album for seven years. Here one half of the band, 3D, gives an exclusive inside view of the record that also features Damon Albarn and Martina Topley-Bird
Where do you go when the sound you pioneered has been absorbed by the mainstream as a default setting for car ads?
Charities say creation of 'stabilisation force' may put relief workers at risk
After tiring of life in California, Bristol's trip hop king is back in Europe, determined to help disadvantaged teenagers in Paris find their voice. Nick Duerden meets Tricky
No Longer at Ease, indeed. From the opening track – the spookily atmospheric "Death" – this Nigerian singer-songwriter delivers her own brand of edgy, politically motivated, post-soul (rather than nu-soul).
The home I grew up in ... I remember when we made the step from flat to house and I got my own room. It was a nice big house across the road from a lake and up the street from a country park
Rare-groove legend TC goes trip-hop, with two songs co-written with Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, who composes another, "Live with Me", himself.
An artist for our times, Fredo Viola's "cluster" videos went viral and led to an as-yet-unreleased collaboration with Massive Attack.
Wrapped up in blue: pathos, paranoia and psychobabble
Between the rows and break-ups, Massive Attack have always worked with their friends and heroes. So, as Robert Del Naja tells Phil Johnson, curating the Southbank Meltdown season is business as usual
David Cameron's declaration that 'Eton Rifles' is his favourite song has prompted a furious response from Paul Weller. The truth is that politics and pop just do not mix. By Cahal Milmo and Andy McSmith
The capital of trip-hop is back on track with a slew of new recordings from its Nineties pioneers. By Nick Hasted