Arts and Entertainment Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

The band in their glory days

How The Clash fought the law from a public toilet armed with a monkey wrench

To mark a retrospective of the band’s music, Ian Burrell hears the stories behind some of their greatest hits

Video: Andy Gill's Mercury Music Prize

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from some of the 12 artists that Andy Gill believes should be recognised on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist.

A urinal from legendary nightspot the Hacienda which is being sold by Mike Shepherd.

Are you taking the piss? Hacienda urinals go on sale for £15,000

Music fans will have to spend more than a penny if they want to get their hands on a unique piece of memorabilia which has come up for sale - the urinals from legendary nightspot the Hacienda.

Gareth Malone's new choir will sing

Gareth Malone unveils new choir to reinvent choral music

The television choirmaster's new recruits will sing "Guillotine" by Death Grips and other unconventional arrangements

Drummer Jacob Moore of psychedelic rock band 'Splashh'

Fantasy band: Jacob Moore, Splashh

'Kody won't just sit back and drum, – he'll steal the show'

Teenage kicks: ‘One Direction – This Is Us’

Film review: One Direction - This Is Us (PG)

The news that Morgan Spurlock was to direct this account of 1D's meteoric rise to stardom may have encouraged you to hope for a subversive agenda, or at least a pinch of irreverence to set it apart from the usual boy-band cash-in.

Rocking it: punk plaid on the catwalk at Moschino

Never mind the Punk here’s the fashions

Punk. It’s one of those slightly dodgy fashion trends that rears its head every few years, generally amid much heated ideological debate.

GTA 5: Soundtrack and radio stations leaked online

Tracks ranging from classic rock to contemporary rap listed after digital pre-order download analysed by fans

The big fashion cover-up: Coats

Make hay while the sun shines but remember cold weather is closer than you think. Now’s the time to invest, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The Fashion Audit: Flawless thighs; dirty faces; birthday bras; pearls of wisdom; Maje

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Book review: The Interestings, By Meg Wolitzer

In her doorstopper of a novel, Meg Wolitzer follows the lives of six friends – from summer camp in 1974 to the present day

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs live on the main stage during day one of Reading Festival

Reading Festival 2013: Green Day bring first day to vibrant close with headline set

This year may be the first to see a dance stage across all three days

Number one: Ellie Goulding is top of the UK singles charts with 'Burn'

Ellie Goulding scorches her way to first UK number one single with 'Burn'

Ellie Goulding's new single "Burn" has scorched its way to the top of the charts to score the English singer-songwriter her first ever UK number one.

Jello Biafra

Simon Price on pop: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine: If you missed punk's first two waves, it's back - and it's fracking furious

What a difference an apostrophe makes. Punks in Camden Lock. Any year you choose, from 1986.

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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable