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

Sir Paul McCartney performing on stage

Get back! Sir Paul McCartney swaps Beatles for grasshoppers as his stage is invaded by the insects

Sir Paul McCartney has swapped Beatles for grasshoppers - after a stage invasion by a swarm of the creatures.

Directing Directioners: Obsessive One Direction fans subject of new documentary from Channel 4

If One Direction fans can't get enough of forthcoming 3D documentary on the boys, This Is Us, from Morgan Spurlock, then they can look forward to another factual programme on the boy band from Channel 4 - and can expect to play a starring role themselves. 

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, left, and Thomas Bangalter of the duo Daft Punk

Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' to score first number one single with song featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Disco is back on the dancefloor. Daft Punk have scored their first No 1 single with one of the funkiest songs to top the British charts in years, their comeback track “Get Lucky” .

Emeli Sandé has broken an album sales record held by The Beatles for nearly 50 years

Emeli Sandé makes Official Chart history and smashes record held by The Beatles for 50 years

The Scottish singer's version of events is going rather well. Next stop? America

Emeli Sande's

Emeli Sande takes The Beatles' record for debut album 'Our Version of Events'

Scottish singer says it's 'quite surreal to even have your name mentioned in the same sentence as The Beatles'

Badfinger in 1971: from left, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Joey Molland

Badfinger: last act in a rock'n'roll tragedy

They were ‘the next Beatles’, until rip-offs and suicides destroyed them. Now, finally, they are being honoured

Ian Hart as John Lennon in Snodgrass

John Lennon reimagined as a washed-up a shirker aged 50

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Kevin McNaughton of Cardiff City celebrates with fans at the team's promotion to the Premier League

Cardiff City 0 Charlton Athletic 0 match report: Malky Mackay plans for Premier League as Cardiff end long wait for promotion

Cardiff become the second Welsh side to occupy the Premier League along with Swansea

Jack Stokes was the animation director behind Yellow Submarine

Jack Stokes: Animation director behind Yellow Submarine

The animation director Jack Stokes modestly said of his groundbreaking film, Yellow Submarine (1968), that it was "a minor miracle or a hell of a lot of good luck". At the time many thought it was a product of the psychedelic Sixties and that hallucinogenic drugs had prompted its storyline, vivid colours and kaleidoscopic images. "It's not true," said Stokes. "I only drank red wine myself and if I had taken LSD, the film would have been in trouble."

If you want to get ahead: (from left) cream hat, £50; blue cap, £39; cream cap, £42; checked cap, £32; all from Kangol mainline collection. All available from kangol.com

Kangol: you can leave your hat on

During its 75-year history, Kangol's caps have been on the heads of everyone from squaddies to Princess Diana to LL Cool J. The label just keeps staying ahead of the game, as Emma Akbareian explains

The Boy Least Likely To: another indie-pop duo making a comeback
Jazz legend Ginger Baker

Field Day 2013: Our guide to... Ginger Baker

We’re very excited to have Ginger Baker perform at Field Day next year with his Jazz Confusion. Baker is a true artistic legend of the past 50 years; his list of credits reads like a who’s who of pop music.

Chris Martin of Coldplay performing in Melbourne last November

Are Coldplay's lachrymose ballads really better than The Beatles? Rush Of Blood To The Head voted 'best album of all time'

Coldplay's second album has been named the favourite album of all time by radio listeners. A Rush Of Blood To The Head triumphed in a poll of Radio 2 listeners which saw The Beatles placed at just number eight.

Draft letter from John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney that reflects the deep animosity between the two Beatles around the time of the foursome's breakup is shown

John Lennon letter revealing animosity with Paul and Linda McCartney to go under the hammer

Letters from John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Dwight Eisenhower are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions of Dallas shows a a copy of The Beatles'

Signed Beatles album sells for record $290,500

A signed copy of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been bought for a record price of $290,500 (£191,000) at auction.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links