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Students at BIMM Manchester might like Mondays after all if Shaun Ryder is taking the lecture

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Sheffield's John McClure is never happier than when he's having it both ways, quoting Leonard Cohen while pushing the buttons of a demographic more attuned to Sacha Baron Cohen.

From Pasty Tax to Bubbly Tax: After a strange week in the news it wouldn't be at all surprising if readers fell for this Daily Mail effort. It claims: 'The Government is planning to mitigate the damage caused by adding VAT to pasties by introducing a new ‘green’ tax on chilled champagne.' - and quotes, amongst others 'Frank Beers', MP for Theakston South...

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Shaun Ryder doesn't understand his own songs.

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Zadie Smith hasn't been keen on Evening Standard hack Sebastian Shakespeare since his 2002 piece headlined: "We reveal what the famously guarded young author would rather you didn't know".

Sunday show for Chiles

Adrian Chiles is to present a new Sunday night talk show with regular guests including the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, musician Shaun Ryder and football manager Harry Redknapp.

Chiles to present new Sunday night talk show

Adrian Chiles will present a new Sunday night talk show with regular guests including former deputy pm John Prescott, musician Shaun Ryder and football manager Harry Redknapp.

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It's taken a reality-TV show for Shaun Ryder to finally be cast in the best light – and not just in terms of his character.

Mr Happy goes native: Dom Joly reveals what he learnt in the ‘I'm A Celebrity’ jungle

For 20 days, Dom Joly withstood the tarantulas and tantrums of 'I'm a Celebrity', his moves controlled by a jungle army of 500. So what did he learn?

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Ian Holloway: Referees need technical help, not our abuse

I sympathise with the Scottish strike and I won't criticise men in black anymore – it costs too much

Snake bites Lembit Opik on Celebrity challenge

Former MP Lembit Opik has been bitten by a snake while enduring the latest I'm A Celebrity challenge.

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