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"It's kind of kicking off," said Radio 1's Matt Edmondson, half an hour into his preamble to the annual Teen Awards that had already seemed to last for three days. "This is amazing, there are pop stars literally everywhere," panted his co-presenter Jameela Jamil, as if she had just clapped eyes on the Virgin Mary and not Jade from Little Mix.

Pop: Twist and shout: They came, they saw, they screamed - Mark Wareham on Take That at Wembley Arena

There are hidden bonuses to being an undercover thirtysomething male teenybopper. You can have a carriage to yourself on the tube to Wembley (Take That fans come in cars - their parents') and in the gents you get a stretch of urinal all to yourself. But that's about it. No amount of planning - a thrash-metal speaker strapped to your ear at volume 11? - can prepare you for the aural onslaught ahead.

Conference of Muslims sparks fears of violence: Jews want London meeting banned

THE Attorney General has been accused by Britain's most influential Jewish organisation of ignoring repeated pleas to investigate Hizb ut Tahir, a radical Muslim group that has called for the killing of Jews.

Letter: Reasonable price of a night at the opera

Sir: Your leading article about the remarkable Barbra Streisand (20 April) refers to her ability to command seat prices 'of which Glyndebourne would be proud'.

Briefly / Ice hockey: Ruggles shoots down Flyers

Hilton Ruggles scored three times to lead Cardiff Devils, the title holders, to a 9-5 victory over Fife Flyers at Wembley Arena yesterday in the British championship semi-finals, writes Steve Pinder. Devils effectively won the match in the first period, which opened with Ruggles scoring after 10 seconds. That seemed to unnerve Fife, who ended the period 6-3 down. In the final, Devils meet Sheffield Steelers, who beat Nottingham Panthers 8-0 with four goals by Les Millie.

First Night: A star reborn with a little help from her analyst: Barbra Streisand; Wembley Arena

ENJOY? they did. In the pounds 260 front-row seats they didn't, as John Lennon once suggested, rattle their jewellery rather than clap. They simply went sedately bananas.

Funny Girl spreads a little sunshine to disabled children before start of her world tour

Barbra Streisand taking a break from rehearsals for her forthcoming concerts at Wembley Arena, north-west London, yesterday to present the keys to 10 Variety Club Sunshine coaches for disabled and underprivileged children. Miss Streisand's concert tonight, which sold out almost immediately despite ticket prices of up to pounds 260, will be her first in Britain for 28 years. The 52-year-old entertainer's last appearance was in the West End musical Funny Girl in 1966.

Ice Hockey: Panthers spring a surprise

CARDIFF Devils play Fife Flyers and Sheffield Steelers meet Nottingham Panthers in the British Championship semi-finals at Wembley Arena on Saturday, with the final on Sunday, writes Steve Pinder.

Basketball: Kings nearer crown: Push for play-offs

KEVIN CADLE, the Guildford Kings coach, and his veteran playmaker, Alton Byrd, put their broadcasting careers on hold on Saturday night to steer the side to the Budweiser League play-off finals at Wembley Arena on 30 April and 1 May with a 66-53 win over London Towers, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: Rudge enjoys Bucks' fizz

TIM RUDGE, who founded Derby Bucks 10 years ago but took over as coach only two weeks ago, leads them to their first appearance in the play-off finals at Wembley Arena on 30 April and 1 May after ousting the league champions, Thames Valley Tigers, from the quarter-finals, writes Duncan Hooper.

Sports Listings: Saturday / Badminton: All-England Championships, Birmingham

After a 37-year period at Wembley Arena, the world's oldest badminton championships, the Yonex All-England Open, have moved to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham and tomorrow's finals provide an opportunity to watch the world's leading players. The All-England Open Championships are regarded as the top event on the grand prix circuit and before the introduction of a World Championship was dubbed the world's premier event. The first final starts at 1pm.

MUSIC / And what's more ..

Barbra Streisand's first ever British concerts will be to 12,500 people a night at Wembley Arena in April . . . The Butcher of Broadway is dead, long live David Richards, who has replaced the New York Times drama critic Frank Rich. .

Basketball: Towers go to Wembley

THE Wembley Arena Complex is to be the new home for the Budweiser League club, London Towers, who have yet to win any honours but can now boast one of the world's most famous sporting venues as their base, writes Duncan Hooper.

COMEDY / Over and out: Mark Wareham on Newman & Baddiel's 'last' act - the first Wembley comedy show

Outside Wembley Arena, the touts sought in vain to offload wads of tickets at knockdown prices. 'How much you got then?' said one to a group of youths. 'Forget it,' they replied. 'We're off down the dogs.'

Leading Article: It must be the way they tell 'em

SO FAREWELL then, Newman and Baddiel, the infant phenomena of 1993. Their catchphrase was 'That's you, that is'. Simple words, hysterical effects. At the Wembley Arena last week Robert Newman or David Baddiel had only to utter them and 12,000 people would be squealing in the aisles. These are the largest live audiences ever to attend the performance of a British comic turn, with the possible exception of those assembled in jungle clearings and airfields during the Second World War, and we may not see their like again. Mr Newman and Mr Baddiel announced after their last performance on Friday that they are going their separate ways. Reports suggest that their relationship was troubled. They are both aged 29 and Cambridge graduates.

COMEDY / Arena is no joke

FORGET James Brown. The hardest working person in showbusiness is Newman and Baddiel's PR. The appearance of these 'rock star' comics at Wembley Arena on Friday was preceded by the sort of hype normally reserved for, er, rock stars. Almost inevitably, the show failed to live up to it.
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Should pupils get a lie in?

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Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?