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Q. I'm a single mother in my forties and I think I've begun to develop some kind of social phobia. People think of me as quite a confident person. I'm fine dealing with people in my work and at the school gate (I have two sons aged 11 and 14), but I dread any social event.

The opportunity of a lifetime for a young drumming sensation

Linden Berelowitz started playing the drums aged 10 and now, eight years later, has applied for Great Britons flights so he can attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, US, where he has been offered a scholarship to study the drums, following an audition in which the college described his playing as ‘outstanding’

Gary Numan, Dome, Brighton<br/>Paloma Faith, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Once alienated from much of the music scene by his Asperger's syndrome, Gary Numan is bringing himself back in from the cold

Album: Alesha Dixon, The Alesha Show &ndash; Encore (Asylum)

Doubtless figuring that Alesha is a more bankable prospect following her adoption as judge on Strictly Come Dancing than she was a year ago, when the original version of The Alesha Show was released, Asylum have chosen to reissue it with a handful of extra tracks to tempt the undecided.

Rhiannon Harries: I'm in the middle of a chain reaction &ndash; and I don't like it

A couple of years ago I went on a date with a self-confessed food snob. When he began quizzing me on my favourite restaurants, I knew judgement was imminent. "What if I say Café Rouge?" I ventured suspiciously. His incredulous guffaw summed up the popular consensus on global brands and chains – they might be the places where we drop most of our salary day in, day out, but the only acceptable justification is convenience. We are not allowed to genuinely like them.

Paloma Faith, Forum, London

Have faith, she's here to stay

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Terry Gilliam, 123 Mins, (12A)

Through the looking-glass with Terry Gilliam, what do you find? An imaginative mess

Album: Paloma Faith, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? (Epic)

The ancients may have believed that art was all about truth and beauty; these days, as Paloma Faith recognises from her previous stints as burlesque performer, it's more about interesting lies.

An act of Paloma Faith

Burlesque, magic and modelling &ndash; Paloma Faith has done it all. Fiona Sturges meets the multi-talented popstar

Wham! star 'stone cold sober'

George Michael insisted last night that he was "stone cold sober" when he was arrested at the scene of a car crash yesterday morning.

Revealed: The 15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain

Audacious artistic entrepreneurs, from Peckham to Glasgow, have defied the recession by forming small but perfectly formed businesses on the cutting-edge of creativity

How to tell La Roux from Little Boots

The charts and festivals are bursting with quirky-looking popstrels with weird names and big voices. Confused? Let Gillian Orr be your guide

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Cannes Film Festival

A triple dose of confusion in Dr Gilliam's box of tricks

Piaf, Donmar, London<br/>Dybbuk, King's, Edinburgh<br/>The Tell-Tale Heart, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

From the gutter to the stars &ndash; it's Edith's life laid bare

Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton

Premier baron of England who in 1999 was elected a member of the reformed House of Lords
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