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Why the Bataclan was right to reopen

No one can forget the horrific events that happened in Paris last November, nor should we. But with the re-opening of the Bataclan, there was a glimmer of hope – a resounding message that our collective voice cannot be quelled 

Music review: Gabriella Cilmi - She may be sweet, but she also shows

“My boots keep getting stuck on the gum on the floor,” Gabriella Cilmi observes. The dirty surface belongs to Mayfair’s version of a bohemian dive, all shadowy corners and murals of topless, brazen rock chicks. Though Cilmi had one of the hits of the summer of 2008 with “Sweet About Me”, and her naturally throaty voice drew comparisons to Amy Winehouse, success since has been patchy at best. This low-key gig in advance of her third album, The Sting, has the feeling of starting again.

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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.

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.

'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.