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Research carried out on albums and singles released this year shows that the number of recordings put on to the market reached an all-time high. There are also some startling statistics, for example the artist with the most album releases in 1996 was discovered to be French crooner Charles Aznavour. He was responsible for no fewer than 28 albums, including re-releases and compilations.

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Jane Horrocks, the woman of a thousand faces, has a new sketch show. Here's hoping she doesn't make the same mistakes as our Emma.

the revenge of the raging queens

By the time you read this, it will all be over. The march, banners, beers, slogans, pick-ups, snogs, rubber shorts and nipple-rings, Portaloos, gay and lesbian dance groups, the surprise guests (Bananarama, it says here), Boy George, and the inevitable Jimmy Somerville, all will have fused into a warm, sticky, fuzzy memory of Gay Pride 96. Or rather, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride 96, to give the event its full, delicious, have-we-left-anyone-out-here? monicker. There will be disco divas, there will be drag queens, there will be Chrystal Rose and Toyah and Shakespears Sister but not Vanessa Feltz, who is, apparently, shopping in Rome. Why on earth would anyone want Vanessa Feltz on a Pride march anyway? "Oh, you know, it's that typical misogynistic thing: she's a blowsy blonde with big hair, a big voice and hideous clothes, so of course gay men are bound to love her," says a sneery friend of mine.

Arts: Don't talk to me about the Sixties

Courted by Dylan and Dali, Francoise Hardy was the essence of Sixties chic until she retreated from fame. Now she is courted by Damon from Blur and, after eight years' silence, has a new album. Philip Sweeney meets a French national treasure

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4 Cock Lane is the only street where brothels once operated. `So why isn't it called Fanny Lane?' demands Mark unanswerably 4

Lady, it's cold outside

It's a wonder, given the virulence of the animal rights campaign, that anyone dares sport a fur. But look around you and you'll notice that women still wear mink. Or, at least, bits of mink. By Louise Levene

THE INVISIBLE MAN

Stanley Baxter is arguably the funniest man - and one of the most fetching women - in Britain. So funny, indeed, that he's disappeared. Why? How? And what does the master of disguise look like now?

Star wars break out between concert rivals

The heads of Britain's two best known concert halls were locked in a vitriolic row yesterday as the Royal Festival Hall was accused of using taxpayers' money to poach stars from the Royal Albert Hall.

girls who wear moustaches

METROPOLITRAN LIFE A curious new addition to urban club culture, beer-swigging, bearded drag kings - the lesbian answer to drag queens - are a playful backlash to the media's love affair with lesbian chic

What a week it was for ... David Bowie

Jon Ronson joins Weird and Gilly and various spiders from Mars at the star's art show opening

Aitken: the `Blue Peter' connection

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LIZ'LL FIX IT

When a certain class of person wants a party, or indeed needs one, Liz Brewer is the answer. AMANDA MITCHISON reports on the woman whose computer has all the best names. Photographs by PAUL REAS
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