Album: Richard Thompson, Dream Attic (Proper)

Thirteen new songs recorded with full band and great energy at assorted American venues, in all the favoured Ricardian registers, from sardonic (you can imagine what he has to say about bankers, and how he says it) to harshly elegaic to bleakly whimsical (Sidney Wells is a serial killer, you know!).

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Senior police officers are planning to cull thousands of injured officers as part of a cost-cutting drive.

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Coming soon: Exclusive Sting interview

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Police force tries to stop corrupt officer getting his pension

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Coco Sumner - Every little thing Sting's daughter does is magic

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Pandora: Where is thy Sting?

Momentous news from Capitol Hill. As luminaries and their guests prepare to gather at this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, one couple will be conspicuous by their absence. To wit: Sting and Trudie Styler, first lord and lady of M-O-R and, inexplicably, regulars at the event, have decided to stay at home.

Revenge of the epic movie flops

They've tried remaking hits from the past – now Hollywood studios are planing to revisit the films that failed. Arifa Akbar reports on a plot so bizarre it might just work

I Blame Coco, Proud Galleries, London

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You don't have to be bipolar to be a genius – but it helps

Study reveals that high-achievers are far more likely to be manic depressives

Police given more powers on under-age drinking

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland is to look at evidence from an Irish Cup tie that was abandoned after a mass brawl.

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