Arts and Entertainment Jake Bugg's musical transition to America has not adversely affected his work

If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.

COMMENT: CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT - A nervous ferret is a smelly ferret

AHOY! Everything all right? Bit dark and gloomy at the moment, isn't it? I know: let's cheer ourselves up with a bumper edition of Nature Notes With Captain Moonlight! And let's start with the Captain's Top Ferret Tip: they don't have to be smelly, you know. I've been reading about it. Feed them on a complete ferret food, change their bedding twice weekly, shampoo once a fortnight; and remember: a nervous ferret is a smelly ferret, so try not to shock them by, say, coming up behind suddenly and shouting "Trousers!". Actually, I've got some pictures of ferrets somewhere. Next week?

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Wednesday Book: The paradox of our pick-and-mix decade

The Nineties: What the f**k was that all about? by John Robb (Ebury Press, pounds 9.99)

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Forget turquoise squares: the new generation of pools is organic - and deeply fashionable. DOMINIC LUTYENS takes a dip

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Pop: Monkey magic

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JAKE LA MOTTA and Muhammad Ali wrote poetry; Nicky Piper's got A-levels, for God's sake. Now there's a new recruit to the ranks of fistic thinkers. In BBC2's history series Leviathan on Wednesday, Professor Christopher Eubank of the University of Hard Knocks In The South-East (the former Brighton Poly) travelled to Greece to explore the history of the marathon in the run-up to tomorrow's race in London.

On the offensive

Head to head London's rudest landlord, Norman Balon, believes bad language gets results, while Gerry Hanson of the Campaign for Courtesy defends the silent majority

How to live on pounds 20,000 a day

It takes time, energy and imagination to blow a fortune, complain two of the latest lottery winners. Still, only one more million to go. By Emma Cook

Trouble at 36,000ft

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How to list Britain's powers the slow way

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The radio presenters' nursery

GLR, celebrating its tenth anniversary this week, says it is not concerned with ratings.

Drug chief quits in protest at Blair entertaining Oasis

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Eton homes plan angers residents in conservation area

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Inessential thing: Key-chain laser pointer

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