Arts and Entertainment

You have to applaud the restlessness and drive of a talent such as JTE's. At its best (see Harlem River Blues), the results are a beguiling blend of demon-driven countryfied rock-gospel and Earle could easily have stuck in that groove/rut.

Van's the man. (But he's not the daddy)

News of baby for rock star, 64, was posted by website hacker

Leading article: Days like this

To Mr Van Morrison: an apology. Sincere apologies for erroneously reporting that you had fathered a fourth child. If it's any consolation, many would consider it a complement to be thought capable of adding to the global population at the mature age of 64.

Van Morrison says baby story was hacker's hoax

Music veteran Van Morrison today described claims he had become a father again as "completely and utterly" unfounded.

Van Morrison is a father again at 64

The veteran singer Van Morrison revealed he had become a father again, at the age of 64, and said his new son was his "spitting image".

Album: Various Artists, You Heard Them Here First (Ace)

This compilation features the early, often largely unheard, efforts of performers who later became stars.

Van Morrison, Royal Albert Hall, London

Stellar classic is born again

The Tom and Rickie show: Why the relationship of rock's superstar couple was doomed

In 1979, Rickie Lee Jones became the rock superstar that her lover Tom Waits had never been. In an extract from his new biography, Barney Hoskyns recalls the drugs and envy that blighted Waits's wildest romance

Terence Blacker: Public service comes before public grief

Have you heard the one about Joe Biden, America's new Vice-President? It is something of an online favourite at the moment. During a television appearance, he urged viewers to visit a new US government website, and then sheepishly admitted he had forgotten "the website number". Apparently, he thought that one used the internet by dialling up numbers, rather like a telephone. Not since George Bush referred to "the Google" has there been such merriment.

Hiram Bullock: Charismatic jazz-rock guitarist

Hiram Bullock was a talented and charismatic guitarist, a rock'n'roller with a jazz head who bridged the world of sophisticated pop and the avant-garde New York jazz scene.

Album: Van Morrison, No Guru No Method No Teacher (Polydor/Universal)

The four great Van albums are ‘Astral Weeks’, ‘Moondance’, ‘Veedon Fleece’ and … this one. It is a little-regarded thing from the height of Morrison’s rapturous period in the Eighties and it is utterly beautiful.

You have all the time in the world in North Carolina

Slow and simple America – it's a movement that has been taken to heart in these laid-back Appalachian mountain towns, discovers Robert Nurden

Album: Counting Crows, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

In many ways, Counting Crows suffer from a Stateside version of the Supergrass syndrome.

Album: Bert Berns, The Bert Berns Story - Twist And Shout Volume 1: 1960-1964 (Ace)

Bert Berns was the crossover king of early-Sixties R&B pop.

Album: Dom Brown

Between the Lines, Remedy
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker