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School of rock: The Smiths, Happy Mondays and Elbow to tutor at Manchester music college

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...

Were you fooled? The best of the April Fools' Day jokes

The newspapers have outdone themselves with an eclectic collection of April Fools' Day japes, but were you taken in?

Letter from the editor: A proper Mancunian Miserabilist

In my letter on Saturday (Yes. Didn't you know? We're open for business on a Saturday, too), I solicited your ideas for a guest editor for i in the wake of the Archbishop of Canterbury's rather successful effort in the chair at the New Statesman.

Dave Gorman: Games for a laugh

Dave Gorman's latest left-field comedy quest saw him visiting fans to challenge them at board games. But not everyone played by the rules, he tells Nick Duerden

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Shaun Ryder doesn't understand his own songs.

The Feral Beast: How to play the Zadie Smith game

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.

Album: Shaun Ryder, XXX Thirty Years of Bellyaching (Rhino)

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?

Deborah Ross: Happiness is Essential

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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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Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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Paul Scholes column

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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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