The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci shows 13 around the table

Triskaidekaphobic? Don't walk under a ladder this Friday

As the first of 2012's three Friday 13ths looms, The IoS sorts fact from fiction linked to the date

Ozzy Osbourne trashed room with dead shark

Ozzy Osbourne once soaked a room in shark's blood while on tour with Black Sabbath. 

Slash starts second solo album

Slash has started work on his second solo album.

Mogwai, Roundhouse, London

If ever a night was suited to the cathartic strains of Glasgow's premier instrumental rockers, it was this one.

Kelly Osbourne praises parents' love

Kelly Osbourne thinks her parents are the "definition of true love".

Ozzy Osbourne in tribute to 'dedicated' NHS

Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to the NHS 63 years after it was founded in the year of his birth.

Post Everything: Outsider rock and roll, By Luke Haines

Memoir of a not-so-hot property

For those about to rock, we salute you

As 40 years of heavy metal are celebrated in Birmingham, the genre's spiritual birthplace, James McMahon picks out its top players

Andy Murray completes fightback to advance at French Open

Andy Murray reflected on one of the most emotional victories of his career after defying an ankle injury and the best efforts of Viktor Troicki to book a place in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

Praise the Sabbath: now Birmingham shows its metal

Britain's second city gave the world its heaviest sounds. A series of exhibitions celebrates a deafening history

Album: Midlake, Late Night Tales (Late Night Tales)

The low-key, chill-out format of the Late Night Tales series of band-curated "mixtape" compilations lends itself well to Midlake, whose selection tracks the fringes where disparate strains of art-rock, folk and folk-rock rub up against each other.

Mike Starr: Bassist and self-destructive founder-member of the Seattle band Alice in Chains

When the grunge band Alice In Chains named their 1990 debut EP We Die Young after the eponymous composition by their guitarist and primary songwriter Jerry Cantrell, it proved sadly prophetic.

London Symphony Orchestra/ Rattle, Barbican Hall

Another ingeniously apposite piece of programming from Simon Rattle – but this time the Berlin Philharmonic had stayed in Berlin and a long awaited re-match with the London Symphony Orchestra presented two mighty instrumental canvasses as startling in sonic contrast as they were bonded in spirit.

Ozzy Osbourne still has drug 'wobblers'

Ozzy Osbourne is still feeling the effects of his drug abuse.

Gnomeo & Juliet (U)

Voices of: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham
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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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