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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?

Fred C Dobbs

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Can you teach an old Dogg new tricks?

Chancellor George Osborne details this year's Budget

Who says reggae music has no place in the House of Commons?

The Chancellor riffed on an "aspir-ay-shan nay-shan"

David Cameron urges Conservative spring conference to focus on 'the real enemy' ahead of 2015 election

The Prime Minister used  his address to assure members he is sticking to core Tory values

Album: Nuru Kane, Exile (Riverboat Records)

Along with the dry, rasping sound of the guimbri (a three-stringed lute) that's always been his trademark instrument, it's this London-based Senegalese singer-songwriter's urgent frayed voice that gives this eclectic set cohesion.

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon steps out for domestic abuse victims

Talent show judge Alesha Dixon took a walk in the sun this morning as part of a campaign supporting women affected by domestic violence, as it was revealed two women are killed by current or former partners every week in England and Wales - but she refused to comment on Rihanna's reconciliation with Chris Brown.

Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs
Kele Okereke of Bloc Party

Bloc Party, Earls Court, London

So here we are. After various side-projects, a three-year hiatus and the briefest of UK tours to promote 2012’s Four, Bloc Party have arrived at the not-long-for-this-earth Earls Court for their biggest ever show.

Chris Brown allegedly faked his community service

Down, down, deeper and Brown for Rihanna

Chris Brown continues to wow with his odious behaviour. This week it was alleged that the rapper faked some of his community service (part of his punishment for assaulting his girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009) after prosecutors claimed his community-service records contained “significant discrepancies, indicating, at best, sloppy documentation and, at worst, fraudulent reporting”.

I'm out: Theo Paphitis quits Dragon's Den

Theo Paphitis has called “I’m out” for good on Dragon’s Den after announcing he will leave the show.

Rita Ora may be a hot property, having chalked up three number one singles in 2012 – two solo and one guesting on DJ Fresh anthem ‘Hot Right Now’ – but dangerous is not her shtick.

Rita Ora, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

It might be a Radioactive Tour but dangerous is not this artist's schtick

Snoop Lion in his new Rastafarian guise earlier this month

From Dogg to Lion: Rastas divided over rapper's conversion

Bunny Wailer accuses Snoop Lion of embracing Rastafarianism simply to publicise his new reggae album. Tim Walker reports

IoS album review: Solus 3, Corner of the Dub (Solus 3)

Not exactly a dub version of last year's Corner of the World. More a dub sidestep, perhaps. But then what would you expect of a combo which comprises bass, drums and harp, plus voices/samples? Only asking.

One To Watch: Angel, musician, 24

Hailed as the new face of British R&B by Radio 1, Sirach Charles (aka Angel) from London's Shepherd's Bush was writing and producing for Pixie Lott and Roll Deep before he was signed to Island Records.

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