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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Coldplay, the Emirates Stadium, London

“Jump, jump with us,” Chris Martin demands before “Charlie Brown”, Coldplay’s Big Country-style stomp, and his adoring fans promptly obey, leaping in a sea of brightly lit, radio-controlled wristbands. There are numerous, very vocal Coldplay haters, but this slick indie quartet really do try awfully hard to please. Martin even apologises for “all the crap [travel, food prices etc] you have to go through to go to a concert these days”.

Manhunt for porn star in body parts case continues

Police say a porn actor accused of videotaping a gruesome murder before posting it onto the internet will be charged with threatening Canada's prime minister after mailing a severed foot to his Conservative party headquarters.

Laurie Penny: Shame has become our stick for beating the poor

Single mother Shanene Thorpe was squeezed by the BBC into a caricature: shameless scrounger

Police discovered a headless torso near to an apartment rented by the porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta.

Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta added to Interpol wanted list after body parts are mailed across Canada

Police discover headless torso near to an apartment rented by porn actor

Canadian GP faces protest

Jenson Button set the pace on an inconclusive first day of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday, as rain during the afternoon session rendered lap times academic and frustrated attempts to find the elusive sweet spot on Pirelli's tyres. However, a shadow loomed as politics threatened to disrupt the Canadian Grand Prix next month.

Class acts: Emilien Néron and Sophie Nélisse star in ‘Monsieur Lazhar’

Monsieur Lazhar (12A)

Philippe Falardeau, 95mins. Starring: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse

Dove cottage provides an ideal location for reflection

Prepare for a place on the board

An MBA isn't the only option if you're considering scaling the corporate ladder

American footballer Alex Webster

Alex Webster: American footballer who went on to coach

Alex Webster, the star running back for the New York Giants who later coached the team for four years, died on 3 March aged 80. Webster played for New York from 1955-64 and was the head coach from 1969-1973. He is fifth on the Giants' all-time list, having rushed for with 4,638 yards.

A brrrrrilliant line up: music-lovers try to keep warm at this year's Igloofest in Montreal

The coldest shows on earth

Winter music festivals are attracting thousands of revellers, despite the chill factor. Elisa Bray samples the -20C delights of Igloofest

Gordon Ramsay is spat out by his Canadian restaurant

Gordon Ramsay's first and only restaurant in Canada has severed its ties with the chef, ditching his name from its title and ripping up its contract after claiming he was not devoting enough time to the venture.

Album: Kent Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Beethoven: In the Breath of Time (Sony Classical)

The latest in Kent Nagano's pairs of Beethoven symphonies, In the Breath of Time posits the 6th and 8th Symphonies and the "Grosse Fuge" as illustrating Beethoven's attempt to confront the dangers of the constant march of progress while simultaneously operating at its cutting edge.

World No 1 Djokovic bags 50th victory as he breezes past Cilic

Novak Djokovic continued to settle into his new role as world No 1 with a business-like 7-5 6-2 third round win over Croatian Marin Cilic at the Montreal Masters yesterday, extending his season record to a spectacular 50-1.

Andy Murray bemused by Montreal defeat

Andy Murray was at a loss to explain why he was always on the back foot as he went down to a miserable 6-3 6-1 defeat to Kevin Anderson in the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, London

On recent tours, Win Butler has wondered how his band can fill arenas despite having no hits. On this evidence, while they may not dominate the charts in the manner of Adele or Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire brim over with hummable tunes.

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