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Logue performs at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1968

Christopher Logue: Poet and playwright celebrated for his version of Homer's 'Iliad'

Christopher Logue – occasionally "Homer" Logue in recognition of his remarkable versions of the Iliad – first made his mark in the late 1950s. He invented the poster-poem and recorded Red Bird, the most successful British jazz/poetry disc, wrote lyrics for the singer Annie Ross at the Establishment Club and two scripts for the director Lindsay Anderson at the Royal Court Theatre. For Private Eye he edited "True Stories", which ran almost continuously for 30 years, and "Pseuds Corner". He also wrote the script for Ken Russell's Savage Messiah and acted in two of his films (including Cardinal Richelieu in The Devils).

Yakubu: The Blackburn striker scored all four goals but the bile against Steve Kean shows no signs of abating

Yakubu asks fans to give Kean a chance

Blackburn 4 Swansea City 2

Martin Jol reveals contract dispute with Fulham striker Andrew Johnson

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits the length of contract is the stumbling block in their negotiations with Andrew Johnson as they look to agree an extended deal with the striker.

Angus Robertson says the push for Scottish autonomy starts now

SNP starts its biggest campaign

Scottish National Party leaders are building a "war chest" to help fight their "biggest ever campaign" in the run-up to an independence referendum.

The Old Spring, By Richard Francis

A pub that specialises in strong shorts

Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde, By Franny Moyle

The importance of being in earnest denial

Who is Ozymandias? And Other Puzzles in Poetry, By John Fuller

A welcome bit of reason to the rhyme

India takes a NAM-style route on $11bn fighter contract

India used to be a proud leader of the old Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), standing notionally between the US and Soviet blocs, but always tilting towards Moscow.

Letters To A Young Poet, By Rainer Maria Rilke

A letter written to Rilke by a young man entering a military career who secretly wished to become a poet himself forms the basis of this slim, jewel of a volume of ten letters, written in response by the Bohemian-Austrian poet over six years in the early 1900s when he was still cementing his reputation.

Contractors group warns Osborne of job losses

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG), which represents more than 30 of the country’s biggest construction companies, has warned the Chancellor, George Osborne, of “significant contraction and job losses” in 2012-13.

Powell returns to Valley as manager

Chris Powell has taken up his first permanent managerial job at Charlton where he had three spells as a player.

Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets, By Don Paterson

This is not a conventional work of criticism and is all the better for it. Indeed, so far does it depart from the norms of academia that at times it is unclear whether Paterson is writing about Shakespeare or Shakespeare about Don Paterson. As the introduction declares, "reading a Shakespeare sonnet is an act of authorship".

A Poet's Guide to Britain, ed Owen Sheers

In his introduction to this anthology of British landscape poetry, Owen Sheers imagines the book as a "conversation" between poets of different eras. His inclusions are solidly predictable, but the juxtapositions are shrewdly done, setting up a kind of call-and-response effect across the ages. Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" ("Dull would he be of soul who could pass by/ A sight so touching in its majesty") is placed next to Alice Oswald's "Another Westminster Bridge" (in which "a million shut-away eyes glance once/ restlessly at the river's ruts and glints" and then "wander swiftly away"), so the reader can compare contemplative romantic and restless modern.

Mears picks up Connaught deals

The number of redundancies at the collapsed social housing firm Connaught rose to 1,100 yesterday – but a new deal with a rival company could offer hope to nearly half of the out-of-work employees.

Connaught shares down 46% after warning over losses

The social housing specialist Connaught said it will likely make a material loss this year and will write down the value of its assets after government cutbacks hurt its core business.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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