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My parents were… My dad wrote children's books. He wrote The Wide-Mouthed Frog. My mum did all kinds of things; she worked for Apple at one point, the Beatles' label. Both were relatively hippie-ish; there are amazing pictures of my dad in little round blue glasses and ridiculously long hair… though I can't really say anything about long hair!

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Plan B, Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, London

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The Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has built a huge audience through YouTube postings of her solo performances.

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June was wettest since records began in 1910

You felt it in your bones, but now it's official – it was the lousiest June ever.

Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir, By Shawn Colvin

Making songs from fear and self-loathing

Album: R. Kelly, Write Me Back (RCA)

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