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Ozzy's irony-free trip down thrash metal's memory lane

First Night Black Sabbath London Astoria London

First Night: Ozzy's irony-free trip down thrash metal's memory lane

Black Sabbath London Astoria London

Media: Still hazy after all these years

High Times magazine is 25 years old this month and still selling 250,000 copies. Not bad for a bunch of dope-smoking hippies.

New Music: Strange meeting

JAZZ PUNK CONNECTION THE CUBE BRISTOL

Comment: Confessions of a TV hoaxer

FOLLOWING ALL the recent revelations about fake TV documentaries, I have a confession to make: I am not really a woman trapped in a man's body awaiting surgery and masquerading as a boy while dating a lesbian. I am an ordinary bloke, and I'm sorry that I misled you, Vanessa. I shouldn't have done it, but I was upset when your researchers turned me down for the necrophilia thing, after I'd lugged that coffin all the way up on the train from Bristol.

First Night: Welcome to the Manson family

Marilyn Manson Brixton Academy London

Pop: The real wild men of rock

Why use lawyers when a spot of GBH will do? Marion `Suge' Knight was not the first music biz manager to use direct methods, nor will he be the last.

METAL IS HOT

Be afraid, be very afraid. Heavy metal - the sound and look - is escaping our rural backwaters and becoming super-hip. Rachel Newsome runs for cover

Scottish imps reluctant to give a fence

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills Flamingo pounds 9.99

Pop: Novel acts carry off the prizes

The Technics-Mercury Awards were an open book - but what did it all mean?

Pop: Tall stories, tight trousers and elves

Rock Family Trees returns to our television screens tonight, with another batch of pop secret histories. James McNair celebrates the rockumentary series which reminds us that, regardless of pedigree, most bands have had their Spinal Tap moments

Cozy Powell died in the fast lane

THE SEVENTIES' rocker Cozy Powell, who once said that he drove cars like he drummed - madly - was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a motorway at 104mph without wearing his seatbelt, an inquest heard yesterday.
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Power dressing is back

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor