Uneasy listening

`Get Carter' is a classic - and the soundtrack isn't bad either. Phil Johnson reports

Films: More sex please, we're British

Two films intent on exploring the reality of passion in the Nineties can't escape finger-wagging Sixties morality.

And the winner is...

Need a little help getting Best Picture at this month's Oscars? Jerry Pam has been pitching it where it matters for the past 40 years. By Tim Cornwell

The soft shoe shuffle

James Sherwood on Anello & David, purveyor of character shoes to the masses

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Eat sandwiches in Jaws while 40ft monsters spit in the background

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Pop Review: Crown Jools

Jools Holland

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.

THEATRE: The ninth life of Gray and Bates

Taken as a whole, there's something vaguely heroic about the Simon Gray-Alan Bates collaboration. It stretches back across nine stage and TV productions to Butley in 1971. The roles may always be different but they share enough between them to make each one attractively familiar: thought patterns, verbal tics, a taste for defensive jokes. If you discount the interruptions and provocations contributed by the rest of the characters, who will insist on strolling in and out of the plays, the Gray-Bates combo can be seen to have provided us with a 25-year monologue: an exhaustively witty self- examination of the anxieties and irritations that have troubled the middle- aged English male. This persona (constant but changing) is one of the most enjoyable creations of post-war British theatre. With Life Support, the latest instalment in the series, we find Gray and Bates in excellent form, and the Gray-Bates character - not surprisingly - in pretty bad shape.

Michael Caine won over by Blair's vision

There are signs that Tony Blair is winning over the monied classes. Michael Caine, the actor and restaurateur who spent several years of the last Labour government in tax exile, is staying put.

Nelson Mandela: the movie

It had to happen ... but who would have guessed that the Mandela story would inspire not one but three new films.

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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