Golden ticket: British theatre's dynamic duo bring Don Giovanni to Glyndebourne

Can Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown make 'Don Giovanni' as relevant today as it was when Mozart wrote it 223 years ago? Those lucky enough to hold Glyndebourne's golden ticket are in for a big surprise

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Not the Galapagos, but Britain, where Darwin spent 40 years researching after his global adventure.

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Kent County Council pulls plug on TV service

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Soundtrack of Our Lives, Scala, London

You can hear why Oasis heavily supported the Soundtrack of Our Lives a few years back. The brassy guitar sound tonight could come straight from the Gallaghers in their pomp. The debt to the dirty swagger of the early 1970s Faces and Stones must have counted in their favour too. But these veteran Swedes have a vitality that goes beyond their influences: an idealistic conviction in rock'n'roll's power. With burly, bearded singer Ebbot Lundberg to the fore, they could be refugees from the Swedish commune in Lukas Moodyson's film Together, insisting on counter-culture verities in the 21st century. Their fine new double-album, Communion, makes the point explicit, with its sinisterly bland photos of the corporate rich who repulse them.

Album: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Communion (Rawpower UK)

All good rock bands listento their inner thunder, aswell as the thunder theymake.

Parnell and Tredwell take Kent to T20 finals day again

Kent 149-7 Durham 93

Travel by numbers: Kent

As Britain's first high-speed domestic train service launches, Simon Calder calculates the appeal of the Garden of England

Album: Kent Nagano, Beethoven: Ideals of the French Revolution, (Sony Classical)

Beethoven was famously energised by the principles of the French Revolution, before being disillusioned by Napoleon's betrayal of those principles.

Album: Maxine Brown, Best of the Wand Years, (Kent)

Revered by Dave Godin and the early aficionados of soul, Maxine Brown – who's still singing – has failed to gain her rightful place in the pantheon, perhaps because her good-time, New York City pop-soul lacked southern sass or tragedy in the-making.

Glitter banned from travelling





Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter has been banned from travelling to France and Spain under an order granted by magistrates, it emerged today.

Power station protest 'cost £6m to police'

The estimated cost of policing a week-long protest against climate change stands at just under £6 million, it has been disclosed.

Kent 241-7 v Lancashire: Jones mounts salvage operation to earn unlikely bonus for Kent

Geraint Jones dragged Kent out of a hole yesterday against fourth-placed Lancashire as he made his highest score in the Championship since July last year.

Album: Various Artisits, BBC Jazz Awards 2008 (Specific jazz)

Credibility-damaging decisions (Stacey Kent and Anita Wardell getting gonged ahead of Norma Winstone, a nominee this year; Curtis Stigers?) and a need to create a buzz has made this annual BBC shebang look like PR spin holds more sway than musical excellence.

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