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And the winner is...

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Mono Cafe Blue, Bristol

When Mono's debut single, "Life in Mono", came out last year, it seemed almost impossibly modish and beguilingly retro at the same time. A perfect pop song built on a slow, rumbling, trip-hoppy, dance beat, with a John Barry soundtrack sample (from The Ipcress File) forming the backdrop to a pouting female vocal, it was Portishead meets Francoise Hardy in Burt Bacharach's bio-morphic kitchen, as filmed by Richard Lester. By the time the album came out at the beginning of this month, however, the Zeitgeist had moved on and there was a danger that the group would be left wearing the conceptual equivalent of thin, black knitted ties when everyone else was into fat, silk kipper jobs. You could almost hear the sound of Burt's kitchen being stripped down for a Habitat rustic-pine re-fit. Happily, though, Mono's songs are built to last.

Mini for the millennium echoes miniskirt heyday

It was the first of its kind, a truly small car that could zip around the city streets and park in the smallest of spaces. The Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, became a symbol of the swinging Sixties when London was the hippest city in the world.

Car of the century

1. Gave the miniskirt its name.

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Michael Caine won over by Blair's vision

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Formerly known as ...

What's in a name? Quite a lot if you're a six-foot gunslinger christened Marion. John Wayne wasn't the first or last to opt for a change, writes Ann Treneman

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