News Hanging Rock is under threat

Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

Album: Rod Stewart, Sessions 1971-1998, (Rhino)

Four discs of out-takes, alternate versions and "lost" sessions, covering three decades of, some might say, diminishing artistic achievement.

Paddy McAloon: The return of Prefab Sprout's elusive genius

Paddy McAloon remembers it all too well: 23 January 2006, when the maverick genius behind Prefab Sprout was last able to sing his own songs. So how, asks Craig McLean, has he managed to create a new album in spite of a hearing disorder that has made his life a 'nightmare'?

Size matters: Seahorses and the Bernie Ecclestone syndrome

In the search for a perfect partner, bigger is definitely better for the male of the species

Album: Various Artists, You Heard Them Here First (Ace)

This compilation features the early, often largely unheard, efforts of performers who later became stars.

Album: Maxine Brown, Best of the Wand Years, (Kent)

Revered by Dave Godin and the early aficionados of soul, Maxine Brown – who's still singing – has failed to gain her rightful place in the pantheon, perhaps because her good-time, New York City pop-soul lacked southern sass or tragedy in the-making.

'You wear it well' – Rod Stewart to lead 60th birthday tribute for Prince

What do you buy the man who has everything? The answer, if plans for Prince Charles's 60th birthday celebrations are anything to go by, is a performance from Rod Stewart, conversations with the Kumars and dinner with Carla Bruni.

Car Choice: As Rod Stewart almost put it, the first car is the cheapest

That's a short and to the point question from someone in need of both style and substance.

Days Like Those: 'Surely I would remember having an interview? Media Studies teacher is a responsible, proper job'

It was my friend Gill, who has a son in the same school as Louis, who pointed out that, according to this year's Parent Handbook, I am the new Media Studies teacher. "You dark horse," she said, and I asked what on earth she was talking about. "Look under the list of teachers," she said. And there I was. Or there I seemed to be, albeit with the addition of an extra L to my name: "Rebecca Tyrrell," it said, "Media Studies".

My Way: Penny Stephens of the Jet Centre gives her tips for success at work

'Aviation is a man's world and it's tough'

Tom Waits, Playhouse, Edinburgh<br />Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Pure Groove Records, London

His grotesque dancing may be stomach-churning, but Tom Waits attacks the blues like an avant-garde radical

Rhys Ifans sparks row with outburst in praise of date rape

The Welsh actor, infamous for making inappropriate comments, does it again in radio interview

The Feral Beast: Moir&rsquo;s not thinking what her proprietor&rsquo;s thinking

After she defected from 'The Telegraph', the first column by Jan Moir, right, for the 'Daily Mail' appeared on Friday under the line "Are you thinking what she's thinking?" Unluckily for Jan, proprietor Lord Rothermere may not be on her wavelength. One of her stories attacked Edward Eggins's sponsored rickshaw drive from Nepal to southern India, in memory of his friend James Wentworth-Stanley. "Why can't those who want to raise money for charity do something useful, instead of embarking on self-indulgent adventures?" she ranted. Alas for Jan, young Eggins happens to be a pal of Rothermere. Couldn't a colleague have told the new girl?

Pandora: Floyd's man lets off steam

Keith Floyd has long had a turbulent relationship with his manager Stan Green. Not for much longer, it would seem, as the two appear determined to go their separate ways.

So had my sushi spent four hours on the conveyor belt?

Sushi is good for you, and eating it makes you hip and healthy: the subliminal message behind the rash of new Japanese food joints all over Britain is hard to miss – and it goes a long way to explaining how, in the space of just a few years, cutely presented raw fish has become one of the country's favourite fast-food snacks.

Do ya think I'm stylish? Rod Stewart launches his own range of clothing

Platinum rooster hair, leopard skin leggings and spandex silver vests were just some of the fashion atrocities committed by Rod Stewart, as he strutted his way through the nation's consciousness during the 1970s and 1980s. One of his most popular songs was entitled "You Wear It Well". But many would say Rod, generally, didn't. So perhaps it comes as something of a surprise that, deep into the 21st century, the Anglo-Scottish singer has decided to launch his own clothing range.

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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