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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Drug chief quits in protest at Blair entertaining Oasis

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Inessential thing: Key-chain laser pointer

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