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Evidence of forme  detective who ‘exposed’ corrupt network in Met Police called into question

Solid pop sales pump up the profits at EMI

EMI, the music recording, publishing and retail arm of the now- demerged Thorn-EMI, yesterday cheered the City with better-than-expected half-year results, buoyed by solid sales from such lead acts as George Michael and Tina Turner.

Kenickie: 100 Club, London

Live pop

Ceasefire fear after UVF man is shot dead

John Major yesterday announced plans to meet the political representatives of loyalist paramilitary groups just hours after a leading loyalist was shot dead on a north Belfast street.

I don't get it and I don't want it either

ROCK

Killing of INLA leader may not end feud

Opinions differed yesterday on whether or not Tuesday night's assassination of a leading figure in the Irish National Liberation Army meant the end of the vicious feud which has claimed six lives this year.

INLA feud claims latest victim

One of Ireland's most notorious republican terrorists was shot dead in Co Armagh last night in the latest murder in a long-running feud within the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Drug dealers' release sparks row

Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, came under heavy fire yesterday for authorising the release of two convicted drug dealers who had served barely 12 months of their 18-year jail sentences.

Rock: Britain's best band - for tonight, anyway

The Critics

Pop Live: Kula Shaker London Astoria

For anyone sitting an A-level in Nineties psychedelic pop, here are your Kula Shaker pass notes: 1) "Tattva", the title of the group's recent top-five single, refers to an ancient Indian script that claims to contain the secret of life. 2) Singer Crispian's mother is Hayley Mills but he doesn't like to talk about it (Why? Offspring of Hayley Mills have long been missing in rock - it's where Black Grape always fall down).

To Britpop: six Britpups

Britpop arrived on a wave, and kept rolling.

Tune in, log on, download

There are hits and there are 'hits'. The Cocteau Twins prefer the second kind: a place in cyberspace where the adored can correspond with the adoring. It's a low-fi gig for hi-tech heads

Terrorvision Regular Urban Survivors Total Vegas VEGAS CD 3

Trading in spunky pop-rock with self-consciously clever lyrics, Terrorvision seem poised in the yawning gap between Jesus Jones and the mercifully departed Wonder Stuff. Not, you'd think, the best place to be at this moment in pop history, but it seems to be working for them: "Perseverance" was a substantial hit, and a welcome one too, being one of the few pop songs of recent years to deal with such unfashionable issues as commitment.

where were they then?

You are being interviewed by Mr Big Cheese. Nervous? Just remember that it's odds on that he was once the spikey haired bassist in some two- bit pub band

Blur and Oasis in clash for Brits

JOHN McKIE

Don't give up the day job

The Dublin Castle pub in Camden helped launch the likes of Madness and Blur. But of the hundreds of bands who; play there each year, most will sink without trace. So why do they do it? Well, you never know your luck, say one week's hopefuls
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing