News Dappy’s management were allegedly forced to pay bailiffs £6,000 after the debt collectors threatened to raid the Celebrity Big Brother house to extract the money they claimed to be owed.

Dappy apparently signed a £100,000 deal for the latest series of the show

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/mixtape-karen-d.html" target="_blank">MixTape: Karen Dalton, the original folkstress</a>

In this age of folk revivalism, I would like to bring to your attention Karen Dalton who is an unsurpassable folk and blues singer.

Album: Dowland/Britten, Lute Songs/Nocturnal &ndash; Padmore/Kenny/Ogden Hyperion

Since Emma Kirkby's first recording in the late-1970s, we have known what to expect from Dowland's lute songs. Some fine discs have followed, but not until Mark Padmore and Elizabeth Kenny's new release has there been one as radical in its potential impact on our understanding of the music. With tonal purity intact, voice and lute add subtle decoration, rhythmic fluidity, drama and rich poetic sensibility to these songs, using Craig Ogden's expressive performance of Britten's 'Nocturnal' as their foil. Odd to hail "Come again" as the highlight, but the vivid reading of this ostensibly simple song is a revelation.

The Week In Review: Office heartland heating up

John Hodson, the chief executive of Singer & Friedlander, has announced his retirement from the banking and fund management group after 35 years with the company.

The Investment Column: Chief goes but S&amp;F remains a buy

Dividend yield makes CI Traders worth holding - Foundations solid at Keller, but not the time to buy yet

Arts: It's raining, raining on my head

Pop: TINDERSTICKS SKIBBEREEN LISS ARD FESTIVAL WEST CORK, IRELAND

Singer charged

DANA INTERNATIONAL, the Israeli transsexual who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest, was charged yesterday with assaulting two waitresses.

Potter's daughter tells of `unreal' last days

The daughter of the writer Dennis Potter yesterday described watching her father slave to complete his final two dramas - knowing he had only weeks before he died of cancer.

Correction: Janice Chapman

Correction

Jesus saves : LETTER

It was fascinating to be taken into Los Focos and to see the photographs of the ex-junkie flamenco singers ("Gypsies for Jesus", 11 February), but why did Justin Webster get so worked up about the success of an evangelical ministry in Madrid? Like him, I find the happy-clappies drab and aesthetically unpleasing, but it is surely no great surprise that they should flourish in a community battered by the assault of heroin - fertile ground, I'd have thought.

Letters: The doors of perception

Of course the Weasel is quite right, there can be no comparing Larry Grayson with Peter Cook, but I do think that a word on behalf of "Shut that door" is in order.

BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks

For those who are bats about cats but tired of cat-aerobics and feline thrillers (see 'In The Lists', below), 'Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics' by Heather Busch and Burton Silver (Weidenfeld pounds 9.99) offers arty felines alarmingly reminiscent of those embarrassing singing dogs they used to have on 'That's Life'. The answer to the 'Why' of the title isn't given: perhaps cats paint only when their owners decide to produce a cutesy moneyspinner? Look out for 'Why Goldfish Write Hexameters'.

Ivory Towers: Music to a grasshopper's ears

SERENADING females is a common courtship ritual in many species, but how long is it advisable to go on singing? That important question is answered in 'Song duration and female response behaviour in the grasshopper Omocestus viridulus' by Thorleifur Eiriksson (Animal Behaviour, 1994, 47, 707-12). The conclusion is that, for grasshoppers at least, it pays not to go on singing too long.

Singer threatened

The Irish country singing star, Daniel O'Donnell, has called off a series of concerts in Newcastle, Co Down, after he received death threats.

Letter: Alternatively . . .

Sir: Katherine Hill (letter, 12 May) suggests that 'it is not possible, or at least etymologically accurate, to have more than two alternatives'. The (or an) other view might be that one alternative only at any one time is logical, for the other is just that.

Deaths:

Robert Doisneau, photographer, aged 81; Lee Brilleaux, singer (Dr Feelgood), aged 41.
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