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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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It began with Queen. So, as you might expect, video has always pandered to pop's worst instincts. By Michael Collins

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A SINGLE featuring a yodelling hamster seems the only threat to Sir Cliff Richard's chart supremacy this side of Christmas. 'Cognoscenti versus Intelligentsia', by The Cuban Boys, is a dance mix of the cult rodent taken from the eighth most-visited Internet site

Media: How the BBC dug for rock and struck gold

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, DLT: the BBC had them all, and never gave it a second thought. Until now...

Books for Christmas: Music: popular - Missing several beats with the critics who believe in yesterday

IF YOU credit one of the many myths to come out of New Orleans, it's just 100 years since Buddy Bolden and his pals first played what we might label "jazz". Another legend (spread by critics) claims that, after an elastically-defined Golden Age, things have gone downhill ever since. Here, Philip Larkin became the most notorious decline-and-fall merchant; the scattered jazz pieces collected in Reference Back (Univ. of Hull Press, pounds 19.95) showcase his entertaining grumpiness about post- Bop modernism, and his loving appreciation of the music it replaced.

Handle with care

Take seven contemporary artists, put them in a high-street pottery- painting cafe and what do you get? Art that's far too good to eat your dinner off. By Simmy Richman. Photographs by Claudia Jancke

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Film: Johnny Rotten, Coleridge and me

From punk high to Absolute Beginners low, director Julien Temple has `felt' the critics. Now he's back - and wiser.

The secret of my success: Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux, former lead singer with the Banshees, was at the forefront of the punk movement in the Seventies. Twenty years on, she has formed The Creatures with her partner Budgie and created Sioux, her own independent record label.

How we met: Stewart Lee & Richard Herring

Stewart Lee, 30, grew up in Solihull and studied English at Oxford University, where he met Richard Herring. They formed a comedy act, first performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987. His solo work includes stand-up comedy for Channel 5, and being script editor for Channel 4's `Harry Hill' show. He lives in Finsbury Park, north London,

Books: We're so pretty, oh so pretty ... old now

Vacant: A Diary of the Punk Years 1976-79

Punk: Out of Bondage

Whatever happened to all those punks who scared the tabloids and upset the Queen with their safety-pin fashions and calls to anarchy? As a new book is published celebrating this unique moment in British culture, Jonathan Dyson tracks down those who made it all happen. Original photographs by Ray Stevenson. Portraits by Florian Jaenicke

Tried and Tested: Taming the screw

Uncertain which way to turn in a DIY crisis? Our panel measures the mettle of cordless screwdrivers

So you wanna be a blues hero... well, here's the guitar

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