News Crispin Blunt has survived an attempt by worthies in his local party to get rid of him

Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended

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Album: Lou Rhodes, One Good Thing (Motion Audio)

As the vocalist in Nineties trip-hop duo Lamb, Rhodes proved herself a grand mistress of melancholia, and though she's since headed folk-wards in her solo guise, her mood remains unlifted.

Faltering Leeds held by Roberts

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Shaun Johnson: 'The making into a saint of human beings is very dangerous'

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Manager McCall quits Bradford

Bradford manager Stuart McCall has resigned following a meeting with the club's joint chairman Julian Rhodes.

Dan Rhodes: 'Revenge is why I write'

His penned his first book to find a wife, and his subsequent deliciously dark novels to get back at the publisher who ditched him. So let's hope Dan Rhodes hasn't gone soft with his latest, a tear-jerker about a 'museum of suicide'...

Little Hands Clapping, By Dan Rhodes

Early in Dan Rhodes' fourth novel, a drunk meanders down a darkening street, singing about a soldier and his sweetheart. It begins with the soldier asking whether Frieda will love him if he only had one eye, to which Frieda says yes; and ends with him asking if she'll still love him if there's nothing left of him to love, to which she also assents. In the twisted world of Dan Rhodes, it is described as "a simple song of true love" – a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates his macabre and oddly touching attitude towards love, death and obsession.

Album: Eric Legnini Trio, Trippin' (Discograph)

Belgian pianist Legnini is a soulful, two-handed swinger in the style of Ramsey Lewis or Ahmad Jamal, and his trio boasts a terrific drummer in Franck Agulhon.

Album: Leif Ove Andsnes, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Schumann: Kinderszenen (EMI Classics)

Though lacking an important element when separated from the visual settings devised by artist Robin Rhodes, Leif Ove Andsnes' performance here has much to recommend it. There's his delicate, fluttering touch, almost like a hammer dulcimer, on the "Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle" section, and particularly the way the gossipy, chattering tone of "Limoges – Le Marche" is sustained until it founders on the funereal opening chords of the "Catacombs", in whose sombre progress can be glimpsed the promenading art-lover himself.

Dress Code: Zandra Rhodes, designer

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Citigroup shakes up top management

Citigroup shook up its management yesterday, replacing its finance chief and installing a new head of banking. It comes as the embattled bank prepares to hand the US government a 34 per cent stake in the company.

England return to two spinners

The hosts are set to pick Swann and Panesar as they seek to repeat past glories

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Swiss vote bans nude hikes after invasion of 'disturbing' Germans

Voters in the heart of the Swiss Alps have passed legislation banning naked hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.

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