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It's a pity that Paul McCartney's brief set on the final of The X Factor would have been the first sight of him in concert for many. Out of sorts, with his voice in poor shape and his normally personality awol, he cut a puzzling figure. A couple of weeks later in a one-off London gig, he served up a tremendous, high-energy show, disspelling any fears that at 67 he might have lost his touch.

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MPs who refuse to return extravagant expenses claims will have the cash deducted from their salaries, pensions or the “golden goodbyes” they receive when they retire.

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Nick Herbert: Meat-free Mondays won't save the planet

Sir Paul McCartney arrives in Brussels today to recruit support for his ‘meat free Mondays’ campaign. The argument seems so easy: cut down meat consumption, slaughter methane-belching cattle, and the planet will be saved.

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The woman who inspired the Beatles' song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" has died of lupus. The St Thomas Lupus Trust, which supported Lucy Vodden during her long illness, said she died last week at the age of 46.

Woman who inspired The Beatles' song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds dies aged 46

The woman who inspired the classic Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, has died aged 46, a charity said today.

Huntsmen 'filmed on McCartney deer sanctuary'

Anti-hunt activists claimed today that they filmed huntsmen trespassing on Sir Paul McCartney's deer sanctuary.

John Lennon and I didn't fall out says Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney has denied he and fellow Beatle John Lennon did not get on.

Zemeckis to steer Yellow Submarine through 3D remake

More than 40 years after the cinematic success of The Yellow Submarine, the animated film that epitomised the height of psychedelic pop culture and featured a Beatles soundtrack – it is to be re-made in 3D by Disney.

Pictures of a Beatle – many years from now

Can you spot the Beatle with his classmates, top, in this previously unseen photograph taken at the Joseph Williams school in Liverpool in 1952?

Women's Cricket: Australia denied again

Australia 225-7 England 226-8

Ex-Beatles, Rolling Stones manager Klein dies

Music manager Allen Klein, a no-holds-barred businessman who bulldozed his way into and out of deals with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died yesterday, a publicist for his company said. He was 77.

Sign of the rhymes: People's poet Roger McGough tackles death and ageing but doesn't ditch the comedy

A riddle dances through my mind as I walk through the tranquil, tree-lined, sunlit streets of Barnes in south-west London, towards Roger McGough's house. "Try this for size:/ Figure out or forfeit the prize/ And here's the clue:/ Not a red herring, but a passe-partout/ In leisurely pursuit, Holmes excels/ Hercule exercises those little grey cells..." It is a typically playful poem from McGough's latest collection, That Awkward Age. All week I have been trying to solve it, and now, only a few doors away from his house, I confess myself defeated.

Lisa Markwell: Spare me the meat-free Mondays

Thanks to Sir Paul, I'll struggle with my daughter's packed lunch
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