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Well, it’s about time. The good people at the Wellcome Trust charity have given £60,000 to the Clerks choral ensemble to explore the science of misheard song lyrics. The initiative hopes that the research into mistaken song words – otherwise known as mondegreens – will give a clearer understanding of how we perceive music.

Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees

Gig review: Barry Gibb - O2 Arena, London

"This place is full of Gibb," enthuses the last surviving Bee Gee.

Singer Alison Moyet is to be honoured at annual music event the Silver Clef Awards.

Alison Moyet to receive 'icon award' at Silver Clef Awards 2013

Singer Alison Moyet is to be honoured at annual music event the Silver Clef Awards.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

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Undemanding, fairly low-maintenance and very visible, the Golden Gate Bridge may be the ideal popstar.

Bee Gees' Robin Gibb fights for life with pneumonia

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is fighting for his life after contracting pneumonia in his battle against cancer.

Albums of the year: Rock, pop and dance

From an electro Scandipop queen to grizzled old-timers

Album: James Blunt, Some Kind of Trouble (Custard/Atlantic)

Three years ago, James Blunt was struggling to come to terms with the implications of his sudden success on All the Lost Souls, the follow-up to the all-conquering debut album Back to Bedlam.

Album: Jamiroquai, Rock Dust Light Star (Mercury)

In the five years since Dynamite, electro and dubstep have made significant inroads into the dance-pop mainstream, which leaves an old-school full-band funk exercise like Rock Dust Light Star sounding more than a little dated.

£113m Lottery prize paid out

The £113 million EuroMillions Lottery jackpot won earlier this month has been claimed and paid out to a UK winner, Camelot said today.

Lottery officials wait for record winner to come forward

Lottery officials are hoping a lucky British jackpot winner will come forward today to claim a record-breaking £113 million EuroMillions prize.

Katy Guest: Slip on a tight jumper and you can save a life

We must learn first aid, St John Ambulance says. I did

Shirley Valentine/Educating Rita, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Feminism with lashings of fun

Stand up guy: Bill Bailey on music, marriage and the moment he refused to sell out

He wooed his wife with love letters. He plays every instrument under the sun. And he lives in a menagerie. What's not to like about Bill Bailey?

Hardeep Singh Kohli: The Nearly Naked Chef, The Gilded Balloon

Known for fleeting small screen appearances, Hardeep Singh Kohli's stock has simmered with the short-lived sitcom Meet The Magoons, another Channel 4 series Hardeep Does, Celebrity Masterchef and BBC's The One Show, from which Kohli was last month suspended for "inappropriate behaviour" towards a female colleague. Tonight, Kohli says he will deal with this issue in the show. But he doesn't, which is a shame as his show desperately needs some flavour.

Comic Relief tops singles charts

"Islands in the Stream," a Comic Relief reworking of the 1980s Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers hit, went straight in at number one on the singles charts yesterday.

Free love has its price, but the Gibbs are stayin' married

A hiatus in the open relationship of the Bee Gee and his wife hasn't stopped them stepping out together
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