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Charles Nevin: Don't fake a smile, do slow yourself down

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Catfish (12A)

Caught hook, line and sinker

Album: Breathe Owl Breathe, Magic Central (Hometapes)

Henry David Thoreau and Bon Iver did it to escape lives of "quiet desperation", but the trio behind BOB appear to have retreated to the wilderness (in this case rural, snow-covered Michigan) as part art prank, part escape, part musical merriment.

Plea to halt expat Nancy Kissel's murder trial

Lawyers for an American woman accused of drugging then bludgeoning her banker husband to death in their Hong Kong apartment seven years ago urged a judge yesterday to stop her retrial.

Rebecca Front: 'Facial hair fashions include goatees and soul patches and the topiaried eyebrow'

If you ask me, the best indicator of the zeitgeist is men's facial hair. Take the Victorians, for example, pioneers in science and technology. These men wore big beards. And mutton chop whiskers. Even, on occasion, kiss curls. They grew hair at every conceivable angle from their faces, as if to say to an enquiring world: "My head is full of investigative zeal. I have no time to snip and trim and wax. And even if I had the time I wouldn't, because this is a brave new world, and I can sprout like no man has sprouted before." Look at their images: Charles Darwin, sporting a beard that seemed to prove man's closeness to the apes. Look at the 5th Governor of Michigan, a man solid enough in his convictions to be able to withstand both his unfortunate name (Alpheus Felch) and a ridiculous nude top and chinstrap beard. Was this a man who feared being laughed at? Certainly not.

US consumer mood darkens

Consumer sentiment in America has weakened this month to its lowest level in nearly a year as fears about the economy continue to mount again.

Death toll from Ohio tornado rises

The death toll from a tornado in the US has risen to at least seven after storms unleashed a "war zone" of destruction in north-west Ohio.

Police gunshot kills girl, 7, in Detroit

A sleeping seven-year-old girl was killed when a Detroit police officer's gun went off during a search for a murder suspect.

Wash your hands – and free your mind

Pontius Pilate may have been on to something when he decided to wash his hands before allowing Jesus Christ to be crucified. Scientists have found that washing your hands frees you of taking the blame for any unhappy outcome of a difficult decision.

Album: John Grant, Queen of Denmark (Bella Union)

It's the year of leaving the band behind.

One Minute With: Thomas Lynch

Alien fish invasion divides lake states

The voracious Asian carp will threaten Great Lake economies if it gets past Chicago

One Minute With: Mitch Albom

Trust Me, By Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard, son of the better known Elmore, shares his father's predilection for heists and hucksters. His debut novel, Quiver, showed a genetic affinity for crime writing, while Trust Me, sees him playing more freely with the genre's cliches.

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