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Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Prom 18: Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall

It’s been quite a journey, from Beethoven’s First Symphony to his Ninth in eight days. The Red Arrows even gave us a fly-past to celebrate at the end...

Prom 18: Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall

A fitting crosstown curtain raiser to the Olympics opening night

Pete Doherty in Cannes

Pete Doherty thrown out of Thailand rehab facility

Singer Pete Doherty has reportedly been asked to leave a rehabilitation facility in Thailand for disrupting the treatment of other patients.

Tour de France: What makes Bradley the best Brit on two wheels?

Bradley Wiggins has already made history as the most successful British contender in the history of the Tour de France. Riding this weekend wearing the coveted yellow jersey, Wiggins has been at pains to scotch insinuations that his amazing performance is fuelled by perfomance-enhancing drugs. Here we explain just what makes him the Best Brit on the Tour.

The Word for Snow, Purcell Room, London

Programmes were not distributed until after the show, but you were handed a single sheet of white paper, blank except for one typed word – mine, somewhat dispiritingly, was "sock" – as you made your way into the Purcell Room for this European premiere of a short play by Don DeLillo.

The Malarkey, By Helen Dunmore

Thoughts of time past and people lost

Indian court fails to see funny side of laughter

A court has ordered a laughter club to stop guffawing so loudly, after a neighbour complained of suffering "mental agony".

Brake says: 'We're both outsiders: Eddie looks more like a boxer and I'm a lanky man with a Yankee accent'

How We Met: Eddie Marsan & Richard Brake

Eddie Marsan, 43

The A303: Highway to the Sun, By Tom Fort

It's thejourney that matters

Boy's 'wicked' stepfather jailed for seventeen years for murder of five-year-old

A "wicked and controlling" man who murdered his "fun-loving, mischievous" stepson has been ordered to serve at least 17 years in prison.

Tim Burgess's golden rules of rock’n’roll excess

Tim Burgess’s wild years were the stuff of Britpop legend. Here, the Charlatans’ frontman instructs Nick Duerden in the 10 golden rules of rock’n’roll excess

'Independent' Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist: A whole world in their words

It called for soul-searching and sacrifice but, after much impassioned debate, the shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize took the shape that you see here. If anything, the panel of judges – Xiaolu Guo, Jon Cook, Nick Barley, Hephzibah Anderson and myself – had to contend with an embarrassment of riches. Whatever our perennial regrets about the limited quantity of fiction brought into English from other languages, the quality of translations felt as bold and bright as ever. In Britain, we owe so much of our view of global fiction to independent publishers of various shapes and sizes. Responsible for around two-thirds of all submissions for the Independent prize, they contribute five out of the six titles on this list – although I ought to stress that neither commercial nor geographical provenance ever sways the decision.

James Cameron with the Challenger Deep submersible

Into the abyss... James Cameron sets sail on voyage to bottom of the sea

Titanic director set to become first person in 50 years to reach foot of the Mariana Trench

Reverb/Aurora/Collon, Roundhouse, London

When the youthful Aurora Orchestra set themselves up in 2005, they had no aspirations beyond being musically first-rate.

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Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

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Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence. They are missing the point, and we all need to grow up
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A sun-kissed island - yours for the price of a London flat

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Pogues could enjoy fairytale Christmas No 1 thanks to digital streaming

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Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence

Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys

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