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He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

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LIVE REVIEW Midge Ure Fleece and Firkin, Bristol

`Don't be expecting too much," said Ure as he took the stage. "We've only had one rehearsal, and this is the second." He needn't have bothered, for we were all too busy craning forward to see if those legendary sideburns still ended in their trademark point, which, unfortunately, they didn't. Once upon a time, the spirit of the age resided in the rakish angle of Ure's facial hair. Way back when, a generation had watched enraptured as the sideboards had grown from the bum-fluff of teeny-bop combo Slik (remember those baseball jackets?), to the punkish edge of the Rich Kids (Ure plus ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock), and onwards to the finely honed point of New Romantics Ultravox, dry-ice kings of the early pop-video age. Then, Midge was rock-bloke No1, aide-de-camp to General Geldof in the Ethiopian campaign, fond uncle to troubled youngsters Boy George and Marilyn and provider of sensitive trouser advice to Spandau Ballet. "They said there'd be a young audience," Ure said to the respectably full house of fans from his bygone days. "You're not, so why should we be?" replied a wit in the audience, as the pomp and circumstance of the opening number, "Fade to Grey" (a hit for Steve Strange's Visage), began to rattle over the PA.

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When I was much younger (11 years old, in fact), it used to fall to me to write essays of fewer than 200 words on such subjects as: "How to Change a Fuse" or "How to Use a Public Telephone". The idea was that the recipient of my instructions would be a being from another planet, so it was vital that I displayed perfect technical knowledge and an ability to express this knowledge clearly.

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NO GIGS this week. The code of pop practice decrees that famous bands may not play live in the first two weeks of January, hence the absence of names in bold print in today's column. Still, if we can't review any specific concerts, we can review shows in general.

All across the nation

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ticket offers

Today we have five pairs of free tickets to give away for each of the following shows at the Pleasance (venue 33):

one king's road summer

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Phoenix Festival Stratford-upon-Avon

Blistering heat. Expensive lager. Drivers inching their cars up dirt tracks toward men with walkie-talkies who will tell them that they're at the wrong entrance. Ah, the festival experience! At the Phoenix Festival, held near Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend, you sometimes felt that it couldn't have got worse if Margherite Pracatan had been wheeled on as a special guest. And then she was. She tickled her keyboard and rolled her "r"s. She opened with "I Will Survive". You didn't think you would.
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