Voices A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

Watch out, within five years 7,500 drones may be plying American airspace

The Gossip, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Ditto rewrites the rules, again

Lyrics Born, Jazz Café, London

New artists, cost cuts and digital growth cheer EMI

EMI overcame an 11.4 per cent fall in sales to deliver increased profits and margins in the six months to the end of September, it announced yesterday.

Steamed-up driver makes musical protest at garage

A man who was angry because his Volkswagen Sharan kept steaming up decided to make a musical protest. Patrick Bissett was so annoyed he parked his vehicle outside the dealer in Lillyhall, Cumbria, and blasted Tina Turner's song "Steamy Windows" out of the stereo for seven hours.

Stars Imagine an end to homelessness

"IMAGINE THERE'S no Heaven, it's easy if you try..."

Rock: And all she does is sing the tune

Macy Gray

The grateful undead

Too young to die, too old to rock'n'roll? Not if you're Paul or Mick or Keith or Tina or any one of a host of Sixties rockers back from the grave and back on stage. Personal trainers, wig manufacturers and St John's Ambulance brigades stand by...

Books: When irregular verbs can be exciting

Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language by Steven Pinker Weidenfeld pounds 14.99

Arts: Pop - One-way track to nowhere

SOUL TRAIN VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE LONDON

CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: More laughs than the Chuckle Brothers

BELAY there! Today, I want to have a serious word with you about trivia. For it is now time to get really cracking with my ultimate millennial list, Captain Moonlight's Triumphs of The Millennium, a celebration of innovations that have had a major minor effect on the quality of all our lives. It will be a list building inexorably, interestingly and excitingly to a comprehensively remarkable conclusion in the heady days ahead. I am even offering that ultimate yet discreet black and silver enamel-effect symbol of discernment and exclusivity, the Moonlight Badge, for assistance in its compilation. Here follow the first 10: 1) The toothbrush (1498). 2) The collapsible silk opera hat (1832). 3) Hanging, drawing and quartering (1241). 4) Margarine (1869). 5) Logarithms (1614). 6) Bread and butter pudding (c1700). 7) The Venetian blind (1769) . 8) Robinson's Barley Water (1823). 9) The indoor swimming pool (1742). 10) The vaulting horse (1761). Just try to imagine life without any of that lot, then, fired, send me your suggestions. And remember, it's not every day you get a chance to participate in history. Or, for that matter, to get a Moonlight Badge. Next!

You'll believe a card can fly

Robert Butler prepares to be tricked by Ricky Jay. At pounds 75 a seat, he can hardly wait

Music: White men sing the blues

Muddy Waters gave them their name. They stole riffs from Chuck Berry. And as for Jagger's funky chicken dance... The Rolling Stones wouldn't be were they are today without black music.

Arts & Books: What's love got to do with it?

Egotist, cokehead, wife-beater... crashing bore. Ike Turner hasn't had the greatest press in the years since Tina went it alone, which is perhaps why he's now decided to tell the world `how it really was'. By Glyn Brown
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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

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Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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

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