Ozzy Osbourne: 'I was a clown, but never a bad guy'

At 60, the former Black Sabbath frontman is finally sober enough to take his driving test – and write his memoirs.

Hit & Run: Read all about them

Reach for your reading glasses and lay down your cynicism – the season of the celebrity biography is upon us. For the lucrative sub-trade in "revealing portraits" and "warts'n'all memoirs", the race for Christmas riches starts on 1 October (that's Thursday) as scores of books crash into shops like a tsunami of trash.

Ballad days: Michael Bolton, the most reviled man in pop

Michael Bolton has sold 60 million records and won a shelf-full of Grammys. So why is he still regarded as the most reviled man in pop? Guy Adams asks him

Outside the Box: Dan's already on his bike so England had better make it

As England attempt to wrap up World Cup qualification on Wednesday, one supporter is so sure they will make it he has already left London to cycle to South Africa. Dan Harrison, 29, is pedalling 14,000 miles over nine months to raise £100,000 for African orphanages. A communications officer from Wimbledon, he is currently in Italy as he covers 30 countries and three continents on the way. "The idea is to raise money and see England win the World Cup," said Mr Harrison, who patriotically paraded in a GB jockstrap to raise funds during Wimbledon in June. He can be sponsored at betterlifecycle.com.

My Fantasy Band: James Ford, Simian Mobile Disco

Vocals - Ozzy Osbourne
Obviously he's an amazing frontman and is known for being pretty nuts but I think he's a really underrated writer, too. Some of the melodies on the earlier Black Sabbath records are incredible. I'd like him or R. Kelly to front this band.

How We Met: Jon Holmes & Jon Culshaw

'I turned to watch my wife come down the aisle, and there was Jon, leaning out, blocking her'

'Brutal Legend' game to include Black Sabbath and Megadeth

Forthcoming video game Brutal Legend will rock out with a lengthy list of metal legends.

Alice in Chains, Scala, London<br/>Wild Beasts, Hoxton Hall, London

What do old metal bands do when their front man dies? Bring in a new singer ...

40 years of divine diamanté decadence

Costume jewellers Butler & Wilson prove that you don't have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. John Walsh celebrates.

Dom Joly: Crawling through Canada in a snail on wheels

I am writing this in an RV park somewhere in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.

Arifa Akbar: Big money is going to the biggest names

The publishing trade has always drawn strength from the smug refrain that "books are recession proof". Until now.

Terence Blacker: True driving force in energy debate is cash

In the week of the first ever Green Britain Day, I was fortunate enough to hear an exchange which captured, in an admittedly microcosmic way, the realities behind the energy debate. At a planning committee in Norfolk, one of two energy companies hoping to put up groups of wind turbines near Diss was applying for permission to erect a 60-metre wind-measuring mast. A councillor pointed out to the team of TCI Renewables that another firm, Enertrag Ltd, had recently erected a mast nearby. Was it not possible for the two firms to share the data?

Stonehenge, By Rosemary Hill

Clear, intelligent and often highly amusing, this study achieves something new in the voluminous literature on Stonehenge. Rather than adding to the interpretations, Hill explores what the stones have meant to observers over the centuries. Inigo Jones's Stong-Heng Restored (1655) ascribed it to the Romans. In 1675, Aylett Sammes insisted that it was a temple to Hercules, a god borrowed by Druids from visiting Phoenicians. Hill might be interested to know that this distant association continues in the West Country. It has suggested that clotted cream arrived with Phoenician tin traders.

Ozzy Osbourne sues former bandmate

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne was embroiled in a bitter public dispute with a former bandmate today over royalties payments.

Hit & Run: This show's got legs

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