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Hundreds flock to say they loved her

NEIL TENNANT, of the Pet Shop Boys, reached into another era yesterday for the adjective which summed up precisely what made Dusty Springfield special. "Dusty was special," he said, "because Dusty was fab". Laughter rippled through St Mary's Church in Henley-on- Thames at the funeral of the finest female soul singer Britain ever produced who, with her beehive hair and panda eyes, personified "fabness".

Dusty, soul of British pop, dies

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD died at her home in Henley-on-Thames on Tuesday night after a long battle with cancer.

Obituary: Dusty Springfield

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD was one of the finest singers to emerge from the froth and bubble of the Swinging Sixties. In many ways she epitomised the sound and style of the era. Yet her unique voice, powerful, sensual and rich in passion, had a timeless quality that has proved appealing to new generations of fans.

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this writing business: A new comedy, a commission from the NT, and a musical with the Pet Shop Boys wunderkind playwright Jonathan Harvey is on a roll, says Tobias Jones

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Noel: the last stately homo of England?

Homosexuality was once the love that dared not speak its name. Some gay men preferred it that way.

Football: Davidson wants to put City's name up in lights

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Books: All boys' complaint

About a Boy by Nick Hornby Gollancz, pounds 15.99 No More Mister Nice Guy by Howard Jacobson Jonathan Cape, pounds 15.99

Cook has designs on selling Britain

ROBIN COOK unveiled a collection of designer gizmos in his office yesterday which he is going to sell around the world.

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