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DVD: Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against The Eunuchs (15)

This George Harrison-produced oddity from 1974 benefits hugely from a mesmerising turn from John Hurt as the delusional, furious and ultimately pathetic Malcolm Scrawdyke (think of a more acidic Citizen Smith), an expelled art student hellbent on humiliating his nemesis, teacher Mr Allard.

Album: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

This is apparently the first of two completed albums Noel Gallagher has readied for release. The other, a collaboration with studio duo Amorphous Androgynous, will follow next year, and it's to be hoped it has a touch more sparkle and sonic invention than Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, which, while not a bad effort, doesn't exactly set the heart racing.

Album: Anna Netrebko, Live at the Metropolitan Opera (Deutsche Grammophon)

This compilation of highlights from Anna Netrebko's Metropolitan Opera roles makes a distinctive introduction to her talents.

Police officer who was friend of Barrymore sues over hacking

A gay police officer apparently targeted for his friendship with television personality Michael Barrymore, a former Labour minister and the ex-wife of rock star Noel Gallagher yesterday became the latest people to lodge damages claims for phone hacking against Rupert Murdoch's News International.

Music & Me: Missing Andy

Essex five-piece Missing Andy finished as runners-up in the Sky1 talent competition Must Be The Music. Comprising Alex Greaves (vocals), Rob Jones (bass), Jon Sharpe (keyboards), Steve Rolls (guitar) and Elliot Richardson (drums), they released their debut album The Greatest Show On Earth – Act I in October 2010. The band’s single “The Way We’re Made (Made In England)” reached no.38 in the UK singles chart.

Mercury rising: The top 20

The 20th Mercury Prize is awarded this week. To celebrate, Simmy Richman presents the greatest hits of the 'alternative to the Brits'

Diary: Liam returns to the Oasis

A bittersweet moment of nostalgia for Liam Gallagher and fans of his former band: the ex-Oasis frontman is due to perform, for the first time, at the venue after which he named the act two decades ago.

Pulp, Brixton Academy, London

"Do you remember the first time?" Jarvis Cocker pleads on Pulp's opening number? I do. As a gob-smacked audience member witness-ing a libidinous Cocker perform "Underwear" – one of Pulp's best live numbers and sensational tonight – on TV's The White Room in 1995, on a bill shared with Portishead. Forget the dismal Blur vs Oasis debate, the two P-bands were the most spine-tingling acts to emerge from these shores since The Smiths. If Portishead evoked J D Ballard's dystopian science-fiction, then Pulp were more reminiscent of Alan Sillitoe's kitchen-sink dramas, particularly Tom Courtenay's lanky rebellious teen in The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner. Only with added smut, oodles of added smut.

Liam Gallagher sues Noel over Oasis 'lies'

Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher is taking legal action against his brother Noel for what he claims are "lies".

Village People star Victor Willis' YMCA fight

A legal battle has broken out over who owns the rights to the disco classic "YMCA" and who is due the money the Village People anthem still generates more than 35 years after it conquered the charts.

Noel Gallagher's wonder-wife

Noel Gallagher says his wife has got more beautiful since she married him.

The Monkees: Hey, hey, we're cancelling our reunion tour

They go wherever they want to, and they do what they like to do. To that end, The Monkees have announced that they will be cancelling the rest of their reunion tour.

Tales From The Water Cooler: Barton scores with highbrow quotes

Footballers, specifically English footballers, have long had to disguise any hint of an intellectual hinterland. During his playing career, middle-class Chelsea veteran Graeme Le Saux famously confessed to reading a certain left-leaning broadsheet. He was subjected to years of homophobic abuse from fans and fellow players.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour sells out

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' debut tour has sold out in six minutes.

Kasabian, Roundhouse, London

Kasabian are one of those bands who divide opinion. They are either touted as the slick saviours of Brit rock or snootily derided as Oasis-lite. I'll be honest and admit that I used to sit squarely in the latter camp.

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