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

Would-be high-fliers rush for Dome job

MORE THAN 1,000 hopefuls yesterday rang a hotline to train as acrobats for the Millennium Dome.

Arts: You can't always get what you want ... even though the taxman does

They got no satisfaction out of their recent fiscal negotiations, but then the Rolling Stones have always been careful not to give too much to the Inland Revenue. By Pierre Perrone

Books: The apocalypse, now and then

Peter Jukes wonders if the time has come to curb our taste for millennial fantasy; Living at the End of the World by Marina Benjamin Picador, pounds 12.99

Times-a-changing for Radio 2

SHOOTING STARS frontman Mark Lamarr and former Squeeze star Jools Holland have been signed up as presenters by BBC Radio 2 in an attempt by the station establish a trendier image and capture the "fortysomething" market.

Media: New Royal Opera chief aims to keep out the riffraff

The new chairman of the Royal Opera House does not want to sit next to someone in smelly shorts and trainers. David Lister, Arts News Editor, meets Covent Garden's outspoken new leader.

Fashion: How to become a movie star in six (not so) easy steps

Helena Bonham Carter wanted to look the part for the London premiere of her new film `The Wings of the Dove' on Wednesday. Tamsin Blanchard watched the transformation.

Dance: Personal space in the balance

The edges of what is dance and what's not are blurring so fast these days that the heading of a column like this is becoming less an indicator of content, more a reminder of the gulf between mainstream and fringe. The small company that calls itself Slack Dance, what's more, seems determined to muddy the waters with a wilful misnomer. Dance it certainly ain't, and slack? What I saw at The Place on Thursday night was as taut as cut glass on a highwire, yet the movements of the two protagonists rarely strayed from the sort of everyday gestures you and I make when we get up and walk to a door.

THE IMAGE MAKER

Is Peter Lindbergh the world's greatest fashion photographer? Ian Phillips met him - and thinks the answer may be yes

Cool stamps tell the tale of a rhythm 'n' blues travellin' man

ROBERT CRAY keeps his blue American passport in pristine condition with a little green leather cover that he bought in Dublin. He laughs: "I bought the cover in a gift shop. It has `passport' written on it, and it's made for American tourists like me!"

Just don't say the S-word

Sex has become a game of narcissism which only the young - or young looking - are invited to play. Anna Raeburn reflects

Nonie Niesewand

On the 20th anniversary of Elvis's death, 16 August, Tribute stages a concert at Wembley called Sound and Vision 1996-56. Trolling back through 40 years of rock music, the show ends with four numbers written by Elvis and sung by the stars on stage - kd lang, Rod Stewart, Mary J Blige, Robert Palmer, Steve Winwood, Bon Jovi and Seal.

Election '97: Major flies in face of opposition

Election tour '97: Party chiefs put thousands of miles under their belts as campaign finally draws to a close

POPPING THE DEATH MYTH

Hard on the crepe heels of Tom Hanks's gluey, bubblegum evocation of 1960s pop That Thing You Do! comes Grace of My Heart, a film about 1960s songwriters at the Brill Building hit factory, by film-maker Allison Anders, director of Gas Food and Lodging and Mi Vida Loca. The film stars Illeana Douglas as Denise Waverly, a Carole King-like songwriter who spends that mythologised decade penning hits on a pop production line for producer Joel Millner (John Turturro) and failing at relationships with a string of songwriters, journos and producers.

Obituary: Richard Berry

"Duh duh duh, duh duh; duh duh duh, duh duh." You know how it goes. "Louie Louie, me gotta go . . ." A million garage bands (including the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Kinks, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Motorhead, and Bruce Springsteen) have immortalised those simple chords.

Obituary: Billy MacKenzie

Billy MacKenzie had the voice of an angel. Once you'd heard MacKenzie, the singer with The Associates, you were either hooked and became a fan, or your teeth were on edge every time one of his records came on the radio.
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