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Most brothers of the groom use their best man’s speech as an excuse for some mild teasing and emotional childhood tales.

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.

A brief encounter with Noel

Coward's approach connects to a more recent, and outre gay media figure: that of Boy George

Music: Auto-destruction - anyway, anyhow, anywhere

Live THE EGG AND PETE TOWNSHEND MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OXFORD

Monday Book: Theory of turntable toiling

DJ CULTURE

Interview: Harry's game anyone can join in

Harry Hill's humour may be quirky, but it's certainly not exclusive. It even works on Americans. Vanessa Thorpe meets the man who subverted stand-up

Hedonism rules; for this funk soul brother

A nervous breakdown and bankruptcy haven't stopped ex-Housemartin Norman Cook becoming the hottest DJ in the UK. Karen O'Brien meets the infamous 'Fatboy Slim'

Interview: Jonathan Harvey - It's a beautiful thing

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

Pop: So Who Were Those Voices?

A short history of some of pop's unsung female singers

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.

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

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

FAN'S EYE VIEW NO 248 bristol city BY DAVE MASSEY

Design: Robin's latest objects of desire

Our Foreign Secretary has a message for the rest of the world: British design is brilliant. But, says Nonie Niesewand, somebody else needs to listen - us

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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