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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

The festival saw a performance from The Ghetto Youths International Crew, a band formed by the sons of reggae legend Bob Marley

The new Mersey Beat: Thousand flock to Liverpool's Sefton Park for four-day music festival

With tower blocks peeping above the tree line, Liverpool's Sefton Park is just a stroll from Penny Lane and a city steeped in a history of poverty and division.

Josephine Baker dancing in 1925; Rihanna performing

Rihanna first choice to play legendary Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker

Rihanna’s sexy dance moves and skimpy outfits might shock your granny. But the singer and actress has nothing on legendary Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker whom RiRi looks set to play in a film biopic.

How to Get a Council House, episode one

TV review: How to Get a Council House, Channel 4

The Dealership, Channel 4

No time for Laugher: The Briton could only finish 19th in the one-metre event

Olympic legacy: No springboard to success for Chris Mears and Jack Laugher

There will be no British representation in the men’s one-metre springboard final at the World Championships after Chris Mears and Jack Laugher failed to progress here yesterday.

Album: Various artists, Daora – Underground Sounds of Urban Brasil (Mais um Discos)

"Daora" (meaning "dope", as in "cool") is a follow-up to the best Brazilian compilation of 2010; Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! And cool it is, in the way it avoids generic samba and bossa nova in favour of cutting-edge yet melodic hip-hop more sonically engaging than anything at present coming from the US or UK.

Album: Johnny Borrell, Borrell 1 (Virgin)

Rarely has a rock singer been as badly wrong as Johnny Borrell when, on his debut solo album, he informs the listener that "I am a masochist, you are a narcissist".

Rihanna takes legal action against Topshop for using her image on T-shirts

T-shirts bearing the singers image were on display at London's High Court

Brandon Flowers of The Killers, who headlined the final night of T in the Park

The Killers close T in the Park with Travis and Joy Division covers

The last day at Scotland's biggest music festival also saw sets from Frank Ocean and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Video: T in the Park artists

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from some of the artists at this year's T in the Park festival.

A classic case of the 'underbutt'

Summer’s fashion must have: the underbutt

It’s understandable that when the mercury rises, so too do the hems of the nation. But it’s surely an indictment of the extreme times in which we live that this phenomenon has been taken to the next level. It’s been taken there by the legions of women around the country wearing denim shorts so short that the lower section of their backside protrudes south of  the fabric.

Rihanna performs on the main stage during the 20th T in the Park music festival at Kinross

Festival Review: T in the Park, Balado, near Kinross

On the anniversary of Scottish music festival T in the Park’s 20 anniversary, two impressions might have struck those few who like to analyse their festivals rather than just file the memories away for a rainy day. They both go hand in hand – namely, that this is a festival which has exorcised the two-decade shadow of The Stone Roses’ ghost following their long, long-awaited headline appearance last year, and that it’s consequently one of the first to embrace a belatedly 21-century line-up in which futurist pop has at least as big a role to play as trad guitar rock.

Charlie Hunnam: Thinks geordies have nothing to fear from alien invaders

Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam: Geordies could defend the world from Kaiju invasion

Blockbuster star: 'We'd just band together. We wouldn't even need no robots'

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, 2013

Music Review: Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, East Sussex

In an infinitely less muddy, far smaller way, the first Love Supreme festival is a Woodstock moment for British jazz: an often isolated tribe of fans realising there are more of them than they thought, and many others discovering they like jazz after all.

Get the look: One-pieces swimming costumes

I've heard one-pieces are the swimwear du jour. Is this supposed to make me feel better?

Glastonbury 2013 reviews: From Bassekou Kouyate to Mumford and Sons, Sunday has its fair share of top festival moments

Glastonbury organisers Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily took a chance on turning Mumford and Sons into a headline act; with just two albums released to date, it’s early in the band’s career. But the four-piece folk-rock band, with Brit and Grammy awards to their name, more than rise to the prestigious post. It’s an even more triumphant performance, following the brain surgery and happy recovery of their double bassist Ted Dwane.

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She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Young carers to make dance debut

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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