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Actor is the third 'Marlboro man' to die from a smoking-related illness

Summer Sundae Weekender, De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Some pretty sharp flavours

British breaks Cumbria

They've got a licence to thrill in the Lake District

Karl Malden: Actor known for his gritty film roles who found wider fame in 'The Streets of San Francisco'

Character actors, by definition, rarely stand out in the Hollywood crowd, unlike leading men whose chiselled features are etched in the public's consciousness. Karl Malden was the exception.

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden dead at 97

Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor whose intelligent characterizations on stage, screen and television made him a star despite his plain looks, died Wednesday, his family said. He was 97.

Jamie T, Electric Ballroom, London

Diamond geezer's rough passages

Glastonbury diary: Mike Skinner takes up the Jackson challenge

* While Neil Young belted out hits from his 30-year songbook on Friday night, bemused punters were treated to the sight of an oil painter with a canvas and easel at the side of the stage. The artist in question is one Eric Johnson, a Seattle-born painter who gets through some 11 paintings a set, as requested by Young. But why is the Canadian songsmith asking for them? Are they simply a more lasting alternative to the thousands of Twitpics of the singer that will be uploaded this weekend? The jury is still out.

Can hip-hop be middle class?

With a culture celebrating the street and stars pockmarked by bullets, where does posh rapper Asher Roth fit in? Nick Hasted does the jigsaw

Pandora: Ravens is no Dead Ringer for Michelle

Imitation, it seems, isn't always a form of flattery. Just ask Jan Ravens, the acerbic Dead Ringers impressionist, who has decided that she will not be "doing a Michelle" any time soon – for fear of offending her subject.

Pandora: 'Standard' opera row has a dramatic finish

The long-running legal row between the British composer Keith Burstein and London's Evening Standard is heading for the stage.

Pandora: Yes, minister: A ribbing for Byrne

Poor Liam Byrne has put up with his fair share of flak this week, after details of his demands on civil servants were leaked to the media at the weekend.

N.E.R.D./The Streets, Brighton beach, West Sussex

Mike Skinner shows Pharrell Williams how to keep the fans entertained during the height of a wet British summer

The Streets to quit after next album

Mike Skinner has said that The Streets will make one final album after their next release, but he might come back for more when he was "40 and broke".

Unlikely duets - when two become one

It's not just Alicia Keys and Jack White. Everywhere you look there are unlikely duets. By John Elmes

Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia

From political awareness gathering, to the biggest musical event in South-east Europe - Exit has come a long way

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hammersmith Apollo, London<br/>Crystal Castles, Concorde 2, Brighton

Dig, Cave, dig! And unleash your inner dog: The intensity never lets up for the Bad Seed who glides from dark menace to the sublime
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A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

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The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory