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McCartney urges 'meat-free days' to tackle climate change

Chargrilled asparagus and lemon tart – that's the vegetarian menu for a glamorous cast of musicians, actors, writers and artists starting a mass movement today to limit meat eating and combat climate change.

Leading article: Flesh ideas for Monday

The suggestion by Paul McCartney and his two daughters, Stella and Mary, that we should abstain from meat one day a week has a certain irony, as well as historical resonance, to it; until the late Middle Ages, that was already standard practice throughout Europe.

Kenny Rankin: Guitarist and singer who played with Bob Dylan

Many of the reviews of Kenny Rankin's dozen albums compare him to James Taylor and certainly he fits into that soft rock, easy listening mould. He was as much influenced by the pre-war songwriters as his contemporaries, however, and this quality is noted both in his own songs and in the standards which he recorded. Paul McCartney was impressed with his exquisite versions of Beatle songs such as "Blackbird" and asked him to collect an award for Lennon and McCartney from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.

Pandora: Not just any old dispute: Dave's advertising woes

Goodness. It appears David Cameron's relationship with his local authorities has once again come under strain (you will recall that the Tory leader ran into a spot of bother back in 2007, after erecting a 6ft high, £3,000 wind turbine on the roof of his Notting Hill home.)

Pandora: Where Macca leads, Jordan follows

Those wearying of Katie Price's honeyed figure adorning tabloid front pages may want to breathe a sigh of relief: it appears that the multi-talented model is to pursue a lower profile for the foreseeable future.

Pandora: We can work it out, says Dylan of Macca tie-up

News, now, to bring joy to the hearts of music fans everywhere: it seems that a collaboration between Sir Paul McCartney and the ever-less-grouchy Bob Dylan may be very much on the cards.

Affairs 'left police chief vulnerable but did not affect job'

Tragic police chief Michael Todd's string of extra-marital affairs raised questions of his "integrity and judgment" but did not affect his job, a report concluded today.

Stephenson is named new Met Police chief

First task will be to form a good working relationship with the Mayor of London

Turn veggie to save planet, says Sir Paul

Ex-Beatle claims eating less meat is 'single most effective way' to cut emissions

Album: The Fireman, Electric Arguments, (MPL)

Paul McCartney has always been keen to counterbalance his perceived schlocky tendencies with a perceptible Stockhauseness.

The weirdest Beatles track of all may be released, 41 years on

Experimental 'Carnival of Light' will be heard at last, thanks to Sir Paul McCartney

Beatles document to be auctioned for charity

A document with the signature of the person who apparently inspired the Beatles hit Eleanor Rigby will be auctioned to raise funds for a charity.

My magical mystery tour: Sir Paul McCartney's return to Israel

Last week Sir Paul McCartney returned to Israel, four decades after The Beatles were banned. Here, with comments by Sir Paul, is the pick of his portfolio. And, left, Donald Macintyre reflects on a diplomatic triumph
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