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As I Am Kloot aim for the Elbow

As I Am Kloot return to the fray with their fifth album, Sky at Night, maybe it's time for some of Elbow's magic dust to fall on one of the lesser lights of their home town.

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Just not enough bang for his buck

Sony World Photography Awards: Our pick of the shortlist

The shortlist for the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards was announced this week, with 190 photographers from 48 different countries making the grade out of more than 80,000 entries.

Album: Owl City, Ocean Eyes, (Universal Republic)

It's a commonplace assumption that the vocoder autotune effect so liberally splashed across modern pop vocals is mainly used to disguise the shortcomings of pitch-challenged singers.

The Natural History of Unicorns, By Chris Lavers

Close your eyes and imagine, for a moment, a unicorn. What goes through your mind? Is it a small, gentle animal, cradled in a woman's lap? Then most likely you are steeped in Christian tradition. Or is it instead a noble, equine creature, facing a lion on a coat of arms? Then your upbringing is more likely secular. Or is it a magical beast? Then perhaps you have read your children to sleep, or read New Age mysticism. You see, the unicorn reads us as much as we read it. The unicorn goes to places in the mind that we may not have known existed.

Captured, By Neil Cross

On a junior-school trip to Glastonbury, Callie Barton held Kenny Drummond's hand, kindling a tongue-tied ardour he nurtured at a distance. In their final year Callie left, without explanation, leaving Kenny with his eccentric and depressive father Aled, a potter who riffed on Arthurian mythology and made loving sketches of his awkward son.

ESPN and Discovery launching 3-D TV networks

ESPN and Discovery Communications Inc both unveiled plans on Tuesday to launch 3-D television networks, reflecting a growing momentum in the entertainment industry to usher 3-D into the home.

Great Works: Still Life with Peaches (c AD50) Anon

Classical art is often given a classic status. The works of the ancient Greeks and Romans have been taken up by many later artists as supreme examples. At least that's true of their statues and buildings. But when it comes to paintings, there's a problem. Very little remains, and what remains is puzzling.

Blue Peter winner is BBC chief's daughter

The nine-year-old girl who won a Blue Peter competition to design a coin for the London 2012 Olympics is the daughter of a senior BBC executive, it was revealed today.

Michael McCarthy: Going cuckoo over New Nats books

Nature Notebook: The books' bold, highly stylised modernist dustwrappers are a key part of their attraction

Attenborough's greatest hits are first in BBC web archive

Nation's best-known wildlife film-maker has chosen favourite films for massive online experiment

The BBC's big beast takes a virtual walk on the wild side

Today, the BBC launches its most ambitious online project since iPlayer. Ian Burrell reports

A life on the wild side: What makes wildlife presenter Simon King tick?

Simon King's first memory is of an animal – an ostrich – trotting ahead of his mother's car. "I was sitting on my mother's lap, and she was saying 'bloody ostrich!', because it wasn't getting out of the road." He has come a long way since then, but he has never stopped at wildlife with rapt fascination.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project