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

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

One-click Wonder: Forgettable reunions

Eighties popsters Spandau Ballet have confirmed they’re putting differences aside to embark on a comeback world tour. With the whiff of cash-strapped desperation in the air, here we recall some other dodgy musical reunions...

We predict a riot: Meet the anarchists plotting to overthrow capitalism

As the world's grandees jet into London for the G20 summit, they'll be confronted by a mob of incensed anti-capitalists intent on revolution. But since anarchists live by chaos, will they be organised enough to change the world?

Lee Byrne Column: I just couldn't watch as Steve Jones lined up that last kick

All the talk after the match was about Ireland's Grand Slam and all I got left with was plantar fasciitis. What a night.

Ten facts about Duffy – but which one is false?

* Rock Ferry is in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Duffy named her album after it because it is where her grandmother lives.

Larry Ryan: Caught in the Net

In mid-January, at about 10am on a Tuesday, the Los Angeles-based radio station Indie 103.1 played the Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious versions of "My Way" followed by a recorded announcement that the station was ceasing its FM broadcast and would in future broadcast only online – another media venture suffering in these recessionary times.

Leading article: John Mortimer - Wine, wit and wisdom

Rumpole by name and rumpled by nature, Sir John Mortimer was an author who became his most famous character in the public mind and busily lived up to the billing. If a country's character can be found in its comic "types", then Rumpole/Mortimer was an English model in the Falstaffian mould, a lovable old rogue for ever putting his duty aside and keeping his wife at bay as he pursued a course of wine, wit and bonhomie. Alongside, of course, a certain dogged defence of truth and the underdog.

Understanding the English

The national psyche must be about more than a lack of working-class solidarity and the ability to hound out radio DJs or turn a former punk into a national pet

Beatles document to be auctioned for charity

A document with the signature of the person who apparently inspired the Beatles hit Eleanor Rigby will be auctioned to raise funds for a charity.

The birth of The Clash

An epiphany at a Sex Pistols gig led to the formation of the most enduring of punk bands. Here, in an extract from a new book, The Clash reveal how they started in a London squat

Pandora: Tory donor: I'm still hedging my bets

As the Conservatives prepare for their autumn conference, one of their most generous benefactors is still threatening to throw his considerable clout behind another party.

Urban gardener: An echium in the UK

I don't make a habit of singing punk rock anthems in my garden, but a line from the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK" came to me the other day while trying to find a spot for a tree, echium (Echium pininana). What's so anarchic about that? I hear you say. Well, in the face of climate change, nothing really, it's just that it's been sitting in a pot in our backyard since June and really needs to go in the ground if it's to do its spectacular thing next year. It was the frustration of not knowing where to put this frost-tender biennial that brought on the rendition (I had to change the words slightly to fit the occasion), "I know what I want / But don't know where to plant it!" which then became my working mantra for the rest of the day.

Story of the Song: 'Vienna', Ultravox (1981)

Fans thought Ultravox had pulled the plug on any chance of success in 1979, when their frontman John Foxx quit and they were dropped by Island.

Hamfatter, Proud Gallery, Camden, London

During the day, the Proud Gallery in Camden is exhibiting a series of photographs of Sid Vicious, whose Sex Pistols did a remarkably effective job of hiding the commercial forces behind their music. Hamfatter, playing the same venue by night, will forever be known as the band backed (to the tune of £75,000) by businessman Peter Jones on BBC2's Dragons' Den. The relationship between their art and commerce has been laid bare from the beginning.

Neil Norman: Lydon - a loaded Pistol with his sights trained on humbug

There could be something rotten in the heart of John Lydon. Last week came reports of a backstage fracas at the Summercase festival in Barcelona, when Kele Okereke, the Nigerian singer in Bloc Party, was allegedly subjected to a racist attack by the Sex Pistols singer and was left nursing a bruised face and a split lip when members of Lydon's entourage weighed in. And then yesterday he was reported to have sung boozily about "bloody Arabs" and "towel heads" during a lengthy pub session.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee