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O2, London, Thursday December 5

Global gigs planned to celebrate 250 years of Guinness

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (12A)

From the word "Origins," you might assume this is a Star Wars-style episode about how the X-Men characters evolved into super-heroes.

The Independent Film Forum: Have your say on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum will be X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Does Gavin Hood's new superhero flick with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine do justice to the Marvel original? Or was this a film too far for the franchise? Add your comments below and we'll print the best in the paper next week.

Testing, testing: why Obama was lost for words

Barack Obama shared top billing with Elmo from Sesame Street, Papa Smurf and Clifford the Big Red Dog, as children from across the US descended on the White House yesterday for the annual Easter Egg Roll. And for a brief moment, the great orator was silenced by a faulty sound system, reduced to tapping the mic and forced instead to make polite conversation with a giant Easter Bunny.

Ferguson red-faced after Ruby rejection

Ruby Walsh laughed when it was put to him that he had just become the racing world's equivalent of Alan Shearer after he had turned down Sir Alex Ferguson to join forces with a main rival. But then, he would have considered the analogy and said "to hell with that". Shearer happened to miss out on a treble because of his decision to snub Fergie for Newcastle; Walsh was in the process of doing exactly the reverse.

Album: Sergio Mendes, Encanto (Concord/Starbucks)

Old smoothie Mendes gets jiggy on a selection of bossa-favourites with a raft of guest stars including the ubiquitous Will.i.am and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Natalie Cole and Herb Alpert.

Album: Estelle, Shine (Homeschool/Atlantic)

Cee-Lo adds his own touch of class to Estelle's "Pretty Please", but the most dominant figure behind this follow-up to The 18th Day is pianist/producer John Legend, who made the London singer the first signing to his Homeschool label.

Thomas Sutcliffe: Perhaps we should silence the bells, too?

Writing of the defeat of the Saracens by Charles Martel in AD 732, Edward Gibbon knowingly scraped a fingernail down the blackboard of his reader's sensibilities. Had the Saracens been able to advance onwards into Europe and Great Britain, Gibbon wrote, "perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet". Gibbon was not a believer, so I have a feeling his counter-factual had a mischievous edge to it. He knew the idea of an "Oxford mosch" would grate on his almost exclusively Christian readership, and he rather enjoyed the fact.

Andrew Murray-Watson: Musical chairs leave EMI's Nicoli nowhere to hide

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Bin Laden denies Moussaoui link

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British talent rules in Chicago. Who says we can't hack it over there?

POP: Black Eyed Peas Hammersmith Apollo London ooo99

IT'S NOT often that Chiswick is name-checked at a hip hop gig, but this was no ordinary rap showcase. For Black Eyed Peas are a rarity in the genre as an outfit that came to fame on the live circuit. And it showed throughout the course of a vibrant hour-and-a-half set.

Black Eyed Peas, Hammersmith Apollo, London

It's not often that Chiswick is name-checked at a hip hop gig, but this was no ordinary rap showcase. For Black Eyed Peas are a rarity in the genre as an outfit that came to fame on the live circuit. And it showed throughout the course of a vibrant hour-and-a-half set.

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