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?

Pop: It's over (definitely maybe)

The founders of the record label that was set up on a shoestring and went on to discover Oasis have bailed out. What went wrong? By John Harris

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)

Come in, the water's lovely

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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SPORT ON TV: Doctor Eubank a new recruit to ranks of fistic thinkers

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

OCTOBER 1998 - Former Stone Roses member Ian Brown gets four months' jail after telling stewardess he would chop off her hands. Bailed last week.

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

THE HEAD of a government-funded anti-drug agency has resigned after claiming that Tony Blair gave young people the impression he tolerated drug abuse by inviting Noel Gallagher, the Oasis star, to Downing Street.

Eton homes plan angers residents in conservation area

BRITAIN'S MOST famous public school has angered residents of one of the most fashionable areas of London after it announced plans to demolish a Victorian cottage and coach house and replace them with luxury mock-Georgian accommodation.

Inessential thing: Key-chain laser pointer

I've never really trusted people with flash key-rings. The sort of person who squanders hard-earned cash on redundant gew-gaws like this invariably also has a nasty silver credit-card holder they're desperate to show you.
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

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