Arts and Entertainment Still charming: Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty

Tonight we have come expecting the casual, ramshackle charm and strangely whimsical grace of Babyshambles circa 2009 and Grace/Wastelands but the band’s new album, Sequel to the Prequel seems almost unnaturally controlled and surprisingly vibrant.

Arctic Monkeys have made history as the only independent group whose first five albums have gone to the top of the charts

Arctic Monkeys make history as fifth album AM enters chart at number one

Sheffield’s noisemongers have seen their first five albums go to No 1

Private firm growth drifts to the South

Private companies in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North-east are struggling for growth as the centre of business power moves "inexorably southwards", according to a report published this week.

Justin Timberlake has retained the number one spot on the UK singles chart with

No bad blood: Bastille storm to the top of the album charts and Justin Timberlake hangs onto UK singles top spot with 'Mirrors'

South London rock band Bastille were celebrating their first number one today after storming to the top of the charts with their debut album.

Kelly Jones of Stereophonics

Stereophonics, Electric Brixton, London

This brand of dirge-rock can feel like being drenched in cheap lager at the end of a Rod Stewart tribute night

David Flatman: Signing Alex Corbisiero and his knee allows Saints to be flexible

From the Front Row: Gomarsall looked like Bilbo Baggins dressed up as Boy George
The sumptuous Prince's Suite

B&B and beyond: Oak House No 1, Tetbury

The Kennedys travelled the world collecting art and anecdotes, now Laura Holt enjoys both – and in a stylish Georgian setting

Duran Duran and Snow Patrol to play Olympic Games opening concert

Duran Duran are to represent musical talent from England at a concert marking the start of the Olympic Games.

Stereophonics, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

You would think Kelly Jones would have to more to say at his first gigs in a year, yet, true to form, half an hour passes before he can muster a simple “Here’s one for ya.”

Gary Speed's widow Louise with their son in the stands yesterday

Family, friends and fans join in tribute to Gary Speed

A ceremony at Leeds United's ground and a record by Stereophonics frontman honour the Wales manager

Japan Disaster Benefit, Brixton Academy, London

Boasting a line-up more suited to the Glastonbury main stage than the Brixton Academy, Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller and Primal Scream were among the cream of British rock acts who performed a one-off gig in aid of relief efforts for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Nani helps United to open gap at the top

Manchester United 2 Stoke City 1

Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable choked to death on vomit

Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable choked to death on his own vomit at the end of a three day bender.

Simon Price: You're not unusual, Sir Tom. You're totally unique

Our writer celebrates the world's most famous Welshman, tonight expected to become, at the age of 70, the oldest male artist to top the album charts
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project