Album: Gabe Dixon, One Spark (Concord/Fantasy)

Having served time in McCartney's band, and more latterly with Supertramp, Gabe Dixon clearly has a penchant for stylish adult pop, an inclination he's reinforced on this solo debut by co-writing the songs with former members of Snow Patrol and Deacon Blue.

My Fantasy Band: Joe Jonas

30 years of MTV

From the moment The Buggles appeared on the new video channel, music was never going to be the same again. Paul Bignell looks back at the medium that revolutionised popular culture

Diary: Common scents for Emma

The fragrant Emma Watson surely needs no artificial perfume to enhance her intoxicating natural scent, so it comes as little surprise that she refuses to wear any.

Ayahuasca: a shamanic miracle or 'crazy tea'?

By her own admission there aren't many recreational substances that Courtney Love hasn't tried. In a candid interview with the latest issue of the American magazine Fix, the former Hole singer and widow of Kurt Cobain rattled off a long list of her past addictions. But there was one high that even a committed connoisseur like Love hadn't hit.

Man shot in 'punishment' attack

A man was recovering today after being shot in what police described as a punishment-style attack.

Water cannons deployed for Queen's visit

Water cannons from Northern Ireland have been deployed to Dublin ahead of the Queen's visit.

Police find third weapons haul in crackdown on dissident violence

Security forces in Northern Ireland made their third recent significant arms find at the weekend as they stepped up operations intended to halt a surge in activity by dissident republican groups. The Police Service warned, however, that splinter groups continue to carry out surveillance on its officers with the intention of killing them.

Cesc Fabregas fine after car accident

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was unhurt after being involved in a minor car accident this morning, the club have confirmed.

Album: Nicole Scherzinger, Killer Love (Polydor)

How to translate group success into solo stardom? It's pop's million-dollar question, but don't cha bet on the Pussycat Doll/sometime X Factor judge answering it with a debut that bludgeons the listener with faux-raunchy Euro-dance before flatlining with the obligatory earnest balladry and a Sting duet. At 14 tracks, it's at least 12 too long, much of it imaginably pilfered off Rihanna's reject pile. As papa Cowell might say, you really didn't make that album your own.

Police plan protest march over move to cut wages by £4,000

Police rank and file are threatening a mass demonstration in the run-up to the royal wedding next month to protest against moves to cut the pay of tens of thousands of officers by up to £4,000 a year.

'40% lose out' in police pay review

At least two in five police officers would lose out under recommendations outlined in the most wide-ranging review of pay and conditions in 30 years, officials said today.

Pipe bombs discovered in woodland

Police have uncovered two pipe bombs stashed in woodland in Northern Ireland.

Police numbers fall sharply as cuts bite

Fresh evidence of the pressure on police budgets came yesterday with figures showing the number of officers dropped by more than 2,500 in 2010. In the first significant fall for six years, police strength in England and Wales went down to 142,363 officers.

Fall in police officer numbers

The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by more than 2,500 last year, the first significant fall for at least six years, figures showed today.

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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League system no longer measures up

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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Magnetic north

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