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CLUB: PICK OF THE WEEK: DEFECTED @ pacha

Defected make their first appearance at Pacha tonight, with the big guns in tow. Joey Negro (below) headlines an event that is guaranteed to be standing-room only. On any other night his supporting cast of Dimitri from Paris and CJ Mackintosh would take centre stage, but Joe Punter will not be complaining. Add Simon Dunmore and Soul Together to the list and you'll happily dip into your wallet.

Abrasive Bates leaves Leeds fans in the dark

As Ken Bates took his public bow as the new chairman and co-owner of Leeds United yesterday, he invoked Cilla Black's famous catchphrase to tell the ailing club's fans: "We're gonna have a lorra lorra laughs." On the evidence of a combative, tetchy and thoroughly unenlightening press conference, his reign threatens to be about as amusing as a punch in the face.

Exodus continues at Castleford

Two more players have left relegated Castleford to rejoin their former clubs as the Tigers prepare for their first season outside Super League.

Lillie's Bordello, late-night haunt of Ireland's glitterati, seeks new lover of plush Victoriana

The apex of celebrity nightlife in Ireland, where international and local stars mingle until the early hours, is about to change hands after a decade at the top of the elite social scene.

The Best Resort For: Ski Reps

Zermatt, Switzerland

Parliament: Equal Opportunities: Tory MP to lead attack on male- only clubs

A TORY MP aims to introduce legislation to ban all-male clubs following admissions by some ministers that barring women from full membership was an "anachronism".

Letter: Perfect shave

Sir Regarding "perfect pitch" (letters, 9, 11 November), as a club manager I once briefly shared a dressing room with the late great jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. He pointed out that my electric razor was in E flat.

CLUB OF THE WEEK: FUTURE FUNK @ K bar

Despite its Thursday night slot, a few hundred regulars in Fulham have made Future Funk at K Bar one of the best attended nights in the capital.

Grade puts night clubs and bars up for sale

FIRST LEISURE said yesterday that it is planning to spin off its night club and bars division and reinvent itself as a pure health clubs business. The decision comes less than a week after the group called off talks about merging its health clubs with the rival leisure group Cannons after failing to agree terms.

Personal finance: Burn off fat, not money

Keeping fit can come at a price, so shop around for a gym, says Paul Dinsdale

First Leisure shares up on bid talk

SHARES IN First Leisure, the bingo, nightclubs and ten- pin bowling group chaired by Michael Grade, rose by almost 11 per cent yesterday following reports of a possible pounds 500m hostile bid for the company. Analysts said they expected First Leisure to slim its operations down but that there would be few takers for the low-growth bingo operations.

Clubs; AFTER DARK

The Sound Republic is a new venue situated in the heart of London W1. Its development and projected audience have been shrouded in secrecy and rumour since plans were first announced. Now, it's finally open.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003