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Pet Shop Boys have come a long way since the ill-fated disco musical Closer to Heaven.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the Pet Shop Boys' ballet

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My Dad’s a Birdman, Young Vic, London

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Pet Shop Boys, Empress Ballroom, Blackpool<br/>Klaxons, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Readers review this week's festival featuring Gorillaz, Dizzee Rascal, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Muse, Scissor Sisters, MGMT, Laura Marling, The Flaming Lips, Tinie Tempah and The xx

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Lily Allen broke down in tears as her song The Fear scooped major prizes at the Ivor Novello Awards today.

Flight of the Conchords, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dulcet duo in pretty fine feather

Be afraid. Janet's on the stump

In Islington South and Finsbury, former home of Tony Blair, the main parties have all chosen female candidates. Janet Street-Porter met them

A very modern military partnership

Only 10 years ago, the Army was expelling soldiers for homosexuality. Now gay weddings get the regimental blessing. Terri Judd reports

Blaze, Peacock Theatre, London

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