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First Night: Sir Paul McCartney, Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv

After 40 years, Macca makes his mark in Israel

Bethlehem all set for McCartney concert

The young John Lennon may have once irreverently boasted that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus. But not, it seems, in Jesus's birthplace and among some Palestinians at least.

McCartney prepares for landmark Israel concert

Sir Paul McCartney was today preparing for his controversial concert in Israel, more than 40 years after the Beatles were banned amid concerns over youngsters being corrupted.

Last Night's TV: Blinded by science but none the wiser

Horizon, BBC2; The Girl With Two Faces: A Bodyshock Special, Channel 4

Giggling Beatles tape sold for £9,800

A reel-to-reel tape of a Beatles recording which features group members cracking jokes and breaking into giggles has sold for £9,800, an auction house said today.

McCartney urges Quebec to 'smoke the pipes of peace'

Sir Paul McCartney was expected to find the appropriate French translation for "Let it be" last night while headlining an outdoor concert in Quebec, in the hope of finally disarming francophone indignation over his invitation to help the province celebrate its 400th anniversary.

Pandora: Macca's a man on the run

Sir Paul McCartney attracted public sympathy during his troubled marriage to Heather Mills. So heaven knows what kind of response he can expect now that he's being hassled by the Cheeky Girls.

The Culture Show: Strippers, gunshots and zebra sex...

Presenters Lauren Laverne and Mark Kermode tell Ciar Byrne why 'The Culture Show' is on the way up, despite being cut to half an hour

Judge ends McCartney marriage

The ill-fated marriage of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills was ended today by the same judge who awarded the former model £24.3m as a divorce settlement.

Divorce lawyers make a plea for dignity

The image of a wild-eyed Heather Mills declaring her legal victory over Sir Paul McCartney on the steps of the High Court last week was one that emblazoned itself on the memories of all who had followed the couple's epic divorce battle for months.

Mills was 'less than candid', says judge

Heather Mills was "a less than impressive witness" whose evidence was "not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid", a High Court judge says in a ruling the former model did not want the world to see.

Mills 'celebrates' £24m divorce

The divorce settlement was £100m less than she was looking for, but that didn't stop Heather Mills celebrating on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday, in her characteristically confrontational fashion.

Mills represents herself in showdown with McCartney over divorce settlement

Sir Paul McCartney and his estranged wife Heather Mills went to the High Court yesterday in the final part of their long-running and acrimonious divorce case.

Album: Ringo Starr

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The Wrestling, by Simon Garfield

The Duke of Kent, Paul McCartney and pop artist Peter Blake were big fans, and the television audiences tuning in at 4pm on Saturday were so large (over 10 million) that shopkeepers campaigned for a change in the transmission time, claiming trade was suffering. Then in 1988 ITV pulled the plug after 33 years, and the heyday of British wrestling was over. In a labour of love that began as an article for The Independent on Sunday, Simon Garfield tracked down and interviewed many of the larger than life in every sense heroes of the ring, and the result is an affectionate account packed with drama, humour, tragedy and intrigue. Choreographed much of the action may have been, but it was still wincingly tough, as the testimony of grapplers such as Jackie Pallo, Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy, all three no longer with us, indicates. "It's something very British we've lost," says Blake. "It had its day, and it was wonderful." As is Garfield's tribute; a celebration rather than an epitaph.

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