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Christmas songs tend to be either brash and tinselly or calm and still. This collection falls as delicately and lightly as snow into the latter category.

Album: Nils Landgren, Christmas with My Friends Vol III (Act Music)

A third Christmas live album by the Swedish trombonist, recorded in a Stockholm church.

Album: Tracey Thorn, Tinsel and Lights (Strange Feeling)

Tracey Thorn takes a wider brief than usual for her Christmas Album Tinsel & Lights, mostly avoiding the routine carols and standards in favour of left-field choices from writers like Stephin Merritt, Sufjan Stevens and Low, the wonderfully oblique melody of whose "Taking Down the Tree" affords a lovely duet with Green Gartside of Scritti Politti. Gartside's own "Snow in Sun" is another highlight, cleverly paired with Randy Newman's "Snow".

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10 people, including eight firefighters, have been treated in hospital for breathing difficulties after toxic fumes were reportedly released following a chemical tanker fire which shut parts of the M6 motorway.

One dead and 10 injured in nine-vehicle M6 pile-up

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Beth Orton, Union Chapel, London


"Call me the sea/ Call me the stream/ Call me the sky/ Call me the leaves," Beth Orton informs us, in her distinctive nasally folk twang, on new track "Call Me the Breeze". There’s a great deal about the elements - the moon, the sun, the sky, the leaves, the breeze, the wind – in this patchy, mainly solo performance in these reverential environs.

Man arrested after brawl erupts on M1 as two are killed in crash

Four fire engines and six ambulances were sent to the scene this morning

IoS album review: Jason Collett, Reckon (Arts & Crafts)

Well this is most unexpected: a stands-up-in-its-own-right solo album from an affiliate of Canadian collective Broken Social Scene who isn’t Feist.

First Aid Kit, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Nearly 40 years after Abba burst on the scene, Swedish pop continues to amaze and delight and enthrall. How does it happen?

Mounted police during student protests in London

Budget cuts threaten the future of police horses

Police horses could become a rare sight on Britain’s streets as forces across the country cut or merge their mounted section units to save money.

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Blackpool give Crystal Palace permission to speak to Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace have been given permission by Blackpool to talk to Ian Holloway and he is set to become the club's new manager over the weekend.

Four seriously injured in M23 motorway crash

Four people were seriously injured in a motorway crash after a stationary car was hit by two other vehicles.

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