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Terrorists laid bare by authors on the inside

Lucrative royalties have eased informers' fears of retribution says Ian Burrell

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The tough-talking, hard-hitting, and copious drinking antics of Regan and Carter in the television series The Sweeney, immortalised the men from Scotland Yard's Flying Squad.

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Rock: I'm the urban spacehog

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Must Have/Must Do: bring back the Pogo Stick

The pogo stick

Media: After Perfect Day, Perfect Night

After showing us how to have a `Perfect Day' with its radio network, the BBC is planning to tell us how to have a perfect nightlife with its dance music DJs. Paul McCann, Media Correspondent, explains how you will need more than sangria in the park to stay up with Judge Jules.

Greenpeace should be so lucky

Rock stars and celebrities are backing a call to the Government for action on the threat to the climate from fossil fuels, and have signed a Greenpeace petition to be presented to Tony Blair underlining the growing demand for a halt to North Atlantic oil exploration.

Rock: Be nice with our feathery friends

Rock `n' Roll has always been about attitude, angst and anomie: upper lip curled in a sneer, shoulders hunched in leather-jacketed rebellion. We know that Counting Crows' lead singer, Adam Duritz, had the requisite wild childhood, and so seems ideally placed to look back in anger. But no. This is rock'n'roll with attitude - a really nice, really friendly attitude.

Supergrass Apollo, Manchester; Brixton Academy, London

Manchester is a disaster. There's no other way of putting it. A mishap? A misfortune? An accident? None of them portray the full enormity of the first night of the Supergrass tour. This is the band that dazzled everyone with an unforgettable Top 10 summer hit, "Alright", the video of which led to a Monkees-style offer of a television show from Steven Spielberg. Their recent single, "Richard III", an Iggy Pop-style stomp, breezed into the top three without any effort after a year's absence. And, of course, by the morning of the gig the majority of fans were ecstatic to find a new government.

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'Brimful of vim and vigour, it's the sound of glorious spring, of new life bursting out'

Who's for a fat lip?

Doug Lucie used to be known as a bit of a bruiser, merrily laying into assorted Oxbridge and media types with witty abandon. Now, in his latest play, he's turned his pen on Fleet Street. Should we hold the front page? By Adrian Turpin

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