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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?

Video footage showing a vigilante brawling with a man who allegedly stole his phone

Vigilante brawls with thief after using app to track down iPhone

The construction worker and his friend, Greg Torkelson, took the law into their own hands after calling the phone repeatedly to no answer

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Retiring from radio?

Internationally renowned reggae selecta, David Rodigan

BBC unveils 61-year-old DJ as its latest voice of urban music

Radio 1Xtra, the BBC urban music station charged with attracting young listeners, has named a 61-year-old trained actor as its latest DJ signing.

Reggae DJ David Rodigan lands BBC Radio 1Xtra show

Veteran reggae broadcaster David Rodigan is to join BBC Radio 1Xtra, just weeks after he quit an award-winning show on a commercial station after 20 years.

Tupac most popular artist among inmates

The late US rapper Tupac – who was no stranger to the cells himself after serving 10 days for beating another musician with a baseball bat – has been named the most popular artist among British prisoners.

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YolanDa Brown - Sax appeal

YolanDa Brown won two Mobo jazz awards and topped the charts. Yet, she tells Emily Jupp, music still has to compete with racing-cars and a PhD

Beth Orton, Union Chapel, London


"Call me the sea/ Call me the stream/ Call me the sky/ Call me the leaves," Beth Orton informs us, in her distinctive nasally folk twang, on new track "Call Me the Breeze". There’s a great deal about the elements - the moon, the sun, the sky, the leaves, the breeze, the wind – in this patchy, mainly solo performance in these reverential environs.

You scumbag, you maggot: Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' contender for Christmas number one

Plus the ten best Christmas songs in pictures

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A stellar end to Stella McCartney's Olympic year

There couldn’t have been a happier ending to 2012 for designer Stella McCartney, who was named both Designer and Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last night.

Rihanna on 777 tour: Sometimes you just wish you could give more

Rihanna defends 777 tour after media furore

Kiss FM star David Rodigan quits in reggae protest

One of Britain’s best-known specialist radio presenters, David Rodigan, has ended his 22-year relationship with the commercial station Kiss FM by resigning over the “marginalisation” of reggae music in the schedule.

DJ David Rodigan resigns from Kiss FM over 'marginalisation' of reggae music

The Jamaican music expert has worked at the radio station since 1990

What on earth is going on with Rihanna's 777 Tour?

Luke Blackall reports on streaking hacks, a missing star and near-anarchy

Album: Soothsayers, Human Nature, Red Earth Records

Although this London band have shifted focus towards a more roots reggae vibe, the emphasis is still on capturing the spirit of the 1970s Jamaican and Nigerian music that inspires them.

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