Album review: Robbie Williams, Swings Both Ways, Island

Those who endured Williams’s recent X Factor performance need not fear: this brassy sequel to 2001’s big-band LP Swing When You’re Winning, is actually rather listenable. Not to say it’s great: he’s a karaoke kind of crooner and some of the covers here – such as “I Wanna Be Like You” with Olly Murs – should have remained the preserve of some celebrity charity ball.

Album review: Archie Shepp, I Hear the Sound, Archie Ball

Shepp’s latest release is a great 40th anniversary recreation of his famous 1972 live album Attica Blues, a black-consciousness riposte to the four-day riot at Attica prison – sparked by the death, in 1971, of the Black Panther George Jackson – which left 43 people dead.

Model Cara Delevingne presents a sporty creation during the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York

In pictures: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has become regarded as one of the world's most glamorous and vibrant events in the fashion industry.

Roger Federer enjoyed a routine victory over Richard Gasquet at the O2 in London

ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Roger Federer faces test of form against Juan Martin del Potro

The pair are bidding for a place in the semi-finals at the O2

Round-up: Scots wary of Japan recapturing Tokyo form

Scotland lock Alastair Kellock believes extra competition from within the squad and the growing strength of this afternoon’s opponents Japan mean every player in dark blue will need to be at their best at Murrayfield.

Polonium in Yasser Arafat’s body ‘could not occur naturally’

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal radioactive polonium before his death nine years ago, scientists have confirmed.

Marine Le Pen comments last night on her party's success

Local election victory for Marine Le Pen's National Front raises fears on both left and right

Mainstream groups concerned that National Front could gain more regional council seats

Virgule Tartan, £485, exclusive to Selfridges

Roger Vivier: In the footsteps of greatness

Roger Vivier’s signature comma-shaped heel is being given a new lease of life, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Travellers at Stansted Airport

Disruption to budget airlines as French air traffic controllers strike and Stansted suffers power outage causing flights to be diverted

The airport later confirmed on its Twitter feed that power had been restored

Jack-Alain Léger: Writer and singer who worked under multiple guises

As "Melmoth", Jack-Alain Léger was an award-winning singer-songwriter; as Paul Smaïl he wrote the scandalous "memoirs" of a young working-class Moroccan immigrant; as Dashiell Hedayat he was a furtive psychedelic rock star; and under his official name of Léger he penned the million-selling thriller Monsignore. He had many pseudonyms and disguises in his varied careers as a militant manic-depressive homosexual, public intellectual, prolific author, hippy music legend and bestseller hack, an unholy Gallic combination of Syd Barrett and Jeffrey Archer.

Postcard from... Paris

Book of a lifetime: The Old Wives' Tale, by Arnold Bennett

My friend Lottie Moggach gave me the Penguin Classics edition of this book and the truth is that I never got around to reading it. The appeal of "classics" rather gets knocked out of you when you study English Literature at university. There always seemed to be better things to do than tackle 615 pages by a writer better known for an omelette than for his work.

French chambermaids strike over pay

Employees of a high-end Paris hotel have launched a protest over pay – saying a single night in its most luxurious suite costs more than some of them are paid in a year.

Mamadou Sakho returned to his former club PSG to address the fans after leaving for Liverpool

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho makes a teary eyed return to former club PSG and promises his time in Paris isn't over just yet

Sakho featured in the Reds' 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday but appeared at the Parc Des Princes ahead of the Parisian club's Ligue 1 clash with Monaco

The Long Race to Glory, by Chris Sidwells

According to the poet Philip Larkin, "Sexual intercourse began in 1963 (which was rather late for me)". To casual observers, British cycling was also a late starter, springing to world prominence seeming out of nowhere at the 2004 Athens Olympics, when the GB team came third in the medals table, followed by an unprecedented dominance on both track and road.

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