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Canadian popstar beat both Beyonce and Kate Middleton to take the top spot in the UK, moving up from fifth place in 2012

Last Night's TV: Heroes, BBC2<br />The Baron, ITV1

There aren't many stories that wouldn't be improved by the addition of a few superpowers, preferably in conjunction with skin-tight costumes and masks, but I'm not going to be dogmatic about that. All that "from his mother's womb untimely ripped" nonsense at the end of Macbeth, for example: much more satisfying for Macduff to pull out a hunk of green kryptonite, thereby depriving Macbeth of the super-strength and invulnerability that have got him where he is. Wouldn't it be a breath of fresh air if Mr Darcy disclosed that the reason he's been acting so cold is that he had to protect his secret identity, and was wary of Elizabeth Bennet cottoning on to the fact that he has the proportionate strength and agility of a genetically modified spider? And there isn't a single short story by Raymond Carver that doesn't scream for the presence of a band of costumed mutant vigilantes, preferably ones who've been trained in a lost oriental martial art.

Siouxsie, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The Cure are packing them in on the Continent, Bauhaus have just released a new album – and promptly split up again – and The Cult have been trying to sell us sanctuary again. So it's no surprise to see Siouxsie, the original grande dame of post-punk with the Banshees, playing a sell-out concert in the capital at the end of a British tour to promote Mantaray, the full-length solo debut album she released last autumn.

Leonard Rosenman: Oscar-winning film composer who introduced modernism into Hollywood movie scores

Four dozen films after 46 years in Hollywood might seem a slender output but Leonard Rosenman was determined to compose as he saw fit, and his outspoken criticism of musical illiteracy lost him some commissions. But those who kept faith were often richly rewarded. Rosenman mixed avant-garde techniques with deep psychological insight: "Write sad music for a sad scene – sure, I'll do it; but it doesn't offer me a great challenge."

Jennifer Garner: 'I feel like I kind of have it all'

Family, friends, a role in an Oscar-nominated film &ndash; it's all coming up roses for Jennifer Garner.

John Milton: the poet who gave us 'Star Trek' and 'The Matrix'

Without him nothing would be terrific, nobody would be sensuous, and we would never have gone into space. Those three words are among the many still in use that were invented by John Milton, author of Paradise Lost and second only to Shakespeare among English poets. This week, there is an unprecedented chance to see how his mind worked, when Cambridge University Library displays documents written by Milton rarely or never viewed by the public before.

My Mentor: Iain Lee on Danny Baker

'I sat in the studio saying nothing for two hours, a nervous wreck in front of him'

'I blasted my husband's ashes into outer space'

When her husband (and fellow 'Trekkie') Alan died, Naomi Mihara knew there was only one fitting send-off

Indonesian earthquake kills at least 70

A powerful earthquake flattened hundreds of buildings in western Indonesia today, killing at least 70 people and leaving hospitals grappling with scores of injured, officials said.

Premier takeover of RHM creates UK's top food maker

Britain's biggest food producer, spanning a vast range of iconic brands from Bisto and Mr Kipling cakes to Golden Shred marmalade and Smash instant potato, is to be created through the £2bn takeover of RHM by Premier Foods.

Genetic breakthrough that reveals the differences between humans

Scientists hail genetic discovery that will change human understanding

Tissue firms accused of falling short on recycling

It may sound like an impertinent question: does your loo paper really need to be quite so bright and fluffy? But it's serious, according to the green pressure group WWF, which says that too much virgin fibre from the world's forests is being used in lavatory tissue, when recycled fibre would be just as good.

Indigenous peoples: The dispossessed

For 350 years, they have been derided by white settlers and denied access to their homelands. Now South Africa's Khoekhoen tribe are on the brink of a settlement. Steve Bloomfield reports

Shalimar the Clown, by Salman Rushdie

Noman - the name of a killer

Nikos Dimou: The agony and the ecstasy of being Greek

A completely normal being (such as Star Trek's Mr Spock) would say that we're insane. In analysing our behaviour, Adler would have referred to an inferiority complex and our inherent need for compensation. Marx would have said that football has become "the opium of the people".

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