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Boy bands never break up now – they just change  key and move on

Tea boy asked to make video for the millennium video

A CHARITY cover version of the Rolling Stones hit "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" is released today, with an accompanying video directed by a film-office tea boy.

Thank God, Cliff's hijacked the charts

`It's all so damned absurd that I can't help being chuffed. We are idiotic, and our dominant culture is idiotic'

At last - the list to end all lists

A bluffer's guide through the blizzard of Millennium polls

The stars who fell to earth

A big name isn't enough to sell a movie any more. Is this the end of our obsession with celebrities? HERO BROWN reports

Right of Reply: Paul Pascoe

The chief executive of the Unique Group, Noel Edmonds's company, responds to Deborah Orr's article about Mr Edmonds leaving the BBC

How Noel saved the BBC (He resigned)

For the first time in my life and his career, Noel Edmonds has managed to entertain me. His assertion that he's leaving the BBC because "he isn't happy about what is happening to the BBC, and very sad about the state of the corporation" is simply hilarious. His timing of the announcement to coincide with the loss of Des Lynam to ITV is surely testament to his desire to make the publicity around his departure as damaging to the beleaguered corporation as possible.

The Hit Parade: Top 10 singles

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Pop: wicked women

With Bryan Adams and Simply Red playing later in the week, Hyde Park is becoming a mainstream pop venue of some significance this summer. Boyzone's Ronan Keating is the big name at the Wicked Women concert, a fundraiser for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity and will be duetting with Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice). With a backing band led by Midge Ure, the concert will see short sharp appearances from around 20 artists. Republica (right), Martine McCutcheon, Honeyz Gabrielle and Lisa Stansfield are here, while Mark Morrison, Big Country and Errol Brown represent the guys. Dina Carroll and Kele Le Roc are sure to put in great vocal performances but the one not to miss live is the excellent Beverley Knight.

Pop music: The greatest show on earth

What better way to spend next month's eclipse? Pay pounds 150 to sit around in mud listening to rich pop stars.

Pop: Nice craic

THE FLEADH FINSBURY PARK LONDON

Music: The fleadh

In 1990, few non-Gaelic speakers knew what Fleadh (festival of music) meant, never mind how it should be pronounced. Now, with today's 10th instalment, "fleadh" has almost become a household word. It's impossible to predict the mood of the curmudgeonly Van Morrison (left), but there's always something of merit in his shows and when he's on form he's unmissable. Elvis Costello, the Pretenders and Ronan Keating are the other big draws on the main stage while the excellent Ron Sexsmith and other singer-songwriters populate the second stage, headlined by Shane MacGowan & the Popes. A third tent features Ardal O'Hanlon and other comics plus a few worthwhile musical nuggets including the Handsome Family.

Real people: Why are they famous? Adam Rickitt

Main claim

Pop Live: The raw and the overcooked

MEAT LOAF

Bands gotta split, politicians gotta plot - can anyone tell me why?

Tony Blair is not a tribalist. That is what distinguishes him from so many of his Labour colleagues
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Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

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Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

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Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

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'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
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Orthorexia nervosa

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Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

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