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Dave Dee: Singer with the pop group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

With their name of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the 1960s hitmakers were never going to have much credibility, but they made some of the most enterprising and entertaining records of the era, including "Hold Tight", "Zabadak!" and "The Legend Of Xanadu".

Coming Soon: The big band of folk bellow it out

Folk seems far too quiet, cosy and small a word to comprehensively sum up the eclectic and exuberant big band sound made by the English group, Bellowhead.

Britain facing serious flu outbreak

Britain is facing the first serious flu outbreak for nine years, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) warned yesterday. Figures released yesterday show a 75 per cent rise in people consulting doctors with flu-like symptoms compared with the previous week.

Epic voyage of the veterans

It is a story of adventure in the face of adversity: twelve ex-servicemen, each missing a limb, braved high seas and dodgy prosthetics to cross the Atlantic. Terri Judd introduces the inspiring diary of their journey

Pensioners had been battered to death

Two pensioners murdered in their home were battered to death, it emerged today.

Philip Hensher: Scent and the secret of daily hedonism

Daily aesthetic delights are all around us, if only we have the energy to take pleasure in observing them. It is as easy for food to be a pleasure as not, and a fresh apple can offer more enjoyment than many a pretentious £40 supper. If you stop to observe the typeface, say, that this, or anything else you read today is printed in, you will see that somebody once designed it. They took immense care to make the different letters of the alphabet harmonise with each other, and to give some pleasure to the eye. It is all a matter of paying attention.

County Championship round-up: Salisbury turns on style to put Bears up

The sleeping Bears have awoken. Or at least, at the first time of asking under Ashley Giles, Warwickshire have shaken themselves from their self-inflicted torpor.

More borrowers set to lose homes as repossession orders soar

The number of court orders granted to mortgage lenders, allowing them to repossess the homes of customers who have defaulted on their loans, rose by more than 12 per cent between the first and second quarters of the year, breaking through the 30,000 mark for the first time since the housing crash of the early 1990s.

The Verve, The Eden Project, Cornwall

Richard Ashcroft and co stroll on stage and launch into the muscular "A New Decade", from their second album, A Northern Soul. Picking up an acoustic guitar, Ashcroft dedicates the second song to his father, and suddenly we are in familiar territory: "Sonnet", from the bands career-defining third album, Urban Hymns. Ashcroft is soon enveloped in a huge sound as Nick McCabe's FX-laden guitar and Peter Salisbury's relentless drums kick in.

Looker an attractive buy for Biggs the builder

Away from the high-rolling mainstream of Group One wins and priceless pedigrees, the rewards for perspicacity can, relatively, be as sweet. A week today, the value of one man's good judgement – backed up by a little luck – will be tested under the hammer in a Newmarket auction ring.

Secret files reveal a man of humility

The seeds of Robert Mugabe's hatred of the British may have been sewn in the heavy-handed way ministers treated his first wife's claim for residency in the United Kingdom while he was serving a prison sentence in Rhodesia, newly released secret documents reveal.

First Stonehenge dig in 44 years

Archaeologists have begun a historic dig which they hope will unravel the ancient mystery of Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain.

Friends rejects new Flowers offer

Life assurer Friends Provident today said it had rejected a revised £3.5 billion offer from private equity firm JC Flowers.

Point-to-Point: Scare Lotte's luck to change at Horseheath

While some rain is generally welcome at this time of year you can have too much of a good thing and tomorrow's Old Surrey and Burstow at Penshurst, in Kent, is subject to a 2pm inspection today.

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