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David Schwimmer has become a father for the first time.

Tomorrow Morning, Landor Theatre, London

The title of Laurence Mark Wythe's musical (first seen at the New End in Hampstead in 2006) will serve as a wish for new musical theatre in Britain. According to Stephen Sondheim's lyric in West Side Story. "Something's coming, something good, if I can wait."

Rachel Stevens confirms pregnancy

Former chart star Rachel Stevens is pregnant with her first child, it was announced today.

Rachel Stevens wins Rear of the Year award

Chart star Rachel Stevens was named top of the bottoms today as she claimed the accolade Rear Of The Year.

Muggers rob pop star Rachel Stevens

Pop star Rachel Stevens was robbed of jewellery by three muggers who followed her home, it emerged today.

A knighthood at last for Brucie?

Tom Chambers wins 'Strictly' but the big question is left unanswered

Music: Singles

1 (-) I Have a Dream

Critics' Awards 1999 - Rock: Cutely unthreatening - and that was just the rap

There were lots of excellent albums released this year and lots of albums which sold well. But there weren't lots of excellent albums that sold well. In fact, at the last count there was one: Macy Gray's On How Life Is. The other queens of the top 10 were glossily beautiful women who sang middle-of-the-road soft rock and soul-lite. Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey came across the Atlantic. The Corrs came from Ireland. Tragically, the UK's contribution was Martine McCutcheon.

The Temp: They're playing our song

How do you tell that a company is likely to treat its employees like dirt it's trying to wipe from its shoe? One easy way is that when you call up and the switchboard puts you on hold, you have to listen to three renditions of George Michael's "Jesus To A Child" before they get you back again. The reasons for this are twofold: first, the switchboard is always one of the first areas to be hit by economy measures, so there will never be enough people working there to handle the volume of calls coming in, and secondly, someone somewhere has a slightly grotesque sense of humour when it comes to picking the piped music callers have to put up with.

Yodelling hamster tries to knock St Cliff off pedestal as Christmas No 1

ONCE UPON a time, the Christmas number one hit single was the province of crooners and swooners. A song in the fine tradition of "White Christmas', evoking chestnuts roasting on open fires and children's choirs, would top the charts.

Best Sellers: Music

Singles

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Fresh from Mr Spice!

He created the Spice Girls out of nothing, and they took over the world. With S Club 7, Simon Fuller has his sights set a little higher. Nicholas Barber braces himself
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Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
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Hipsters of Arabia

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Malaysian munchies

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

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'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

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If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

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