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A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail

Sir Paul McCartney: 'There was something a little bit suspect about Jimmy Savile'

The Beatle speaks to The Independent's arts editor David Lister about his friendship with the disgraced DJ

I Am Kloot

I Am Kloot, Islington Assembly Hall, London



"This song is about drinking... and disaster," frontman John Bramwell drily announces before launching into the astringent "To the Brink".

Simon Calder: Romantic tales of America's airports

Will Rogers World may sound like a theme park dedicated to the cowboy celebrity, but it is actually an airport: a gateway to Oklahoma City. When you touch down, doff your Stetson to the statue of the man who had a foot in both stirrups – the Wild West and Hollywood – then track down the fascinating National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Before your flight home, the Route 66 Grille is waiting airside to provide a last taste of the city celebrated in song as "oh so pretty".

The Bash Street Kids

What's the best way to get to Bash Street, kids?

Roads are often named after famous residents. Usually it is an honour bestowed on the most distinguished in order to give them immortality, ranging from streets bearing the moniker of Queen Victoria to that paying tribute to Alan Turing.

Thom’s sideman has a new sound

Music producers rarely leap from mixing desk to live room – even Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds fame had form on the Liverpool band scene before he worked with Echo and the Bunnymen.

Fantasy Band: Colin Blunstone

'If you don't have good songs, you can just go home'
A call for morality: Mary Whitehouse

BAN THIS FILTH! Letters from the Mary Whitehouse Archive, Edited by Ben Thompson

In hindsight, the hate-figure of the permissive era put tough questions to her time, and ours.

The Beatles and Sex Pistols top world's priciest vinyl list

The Beatles and Sex Pistols are top of the costs, dominating a newly compiled list of the world's priciest vinyl.

Make a splash: fountains outside Kosice’s cathedral

Every street tells a story in Kosice

This intriguing city with Slovakian and Hungarian heritage is next year’s European Capital of Culture

The Fashion Audit: Liverpool love, Knickerbox, Whistles and Meadham Kirchhoff jackets

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

We may as well face it, tweet seats are the future

In the rush to be the first to react to a new performance, audiences are drawing the curtain on traditional theatre etiquette

Jimmy Savile portrait buyer tells charity: ‘Keep the money, but I don’t want the painting’

A woman who spent £400 on a portrait of Jimmy Savile at a charity auction just days before the allegations about his paedophilia made headlines across the country has told the charity: “Keep the money, but I don’t want the painting”.

Bruce Springsteen performs during Hard Rock Calling at Hyde Park earlier this year

Future of Hyde Park concerts in doubt after Live Nation pulls out over 'flawed' bidding process

The future of concerts being held in Hyde Park is in doubt after the world’s largest live music reportedly pulled out of the bidding process over noise restrictions.

My Fantasy Band: Andy Burrows

First Night: Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, O2 Arena, London

At last, Jackson appears at the O2 (but this off the wall tribute is no thriller)

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?