Arts and Entertainment Elton John performing at his 'Brits Icon' concert at The Palladium in London

Sir Elton John has become the recipient of the first Brits Icon award after being presented with honour by Rod Stewart at a special concert at the London Palladium.

Jagger's clowning moment revealed at last as Rock and Roll Circus comes to town after 28 years

US company to release CD and video of legendary rock film


Main Claim: Famous for not being famous. Paul Gallagher is brother of the more famous Liam and Noel. Thus we are a little bit interested in him. Paul, 30, is the oldest Gallagher, the one who's not in Britpop wonder band Oasis. But Paul shouldn't be compared with Sylvester Stallone's brother or Naomi Campbell's mother. Paul does not appear to harbour angry ambitions to secure a recording contract. No, Paul has contented himself with writing a book about his more famous brothers. See below.

Radio 1 refuses to play `boring' Beatles


What John saw in Yoko

Yoko Ono deserves to be remembered for more than breaking up the Beatles, argues Jonathan Glancey

So farewell then, John Lennon

I can't remember what I was doing or where I was the day I heard that John Lennon had been shot, but I do remember what I thought when I heard the news, which was: "Serve him right."

The Lennon heads; centrepiece

Here's one strictly for the die-hard fans: an exhibition and limited- edition book of photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken in New York over the last two decades of Lennon's life. "Bob Gruen was there at all the important moments," Yoko Ono says. And so he seems to have been - take the pictures of Lennon with his baby son Sean, sitting cross-legged on his bed, looking downright silly in a kimono and ponytail. Nothing unusual about that, you might say. But more unusual is the foolishly happy grin on his face - enough to make you look twice. How many pictures are there of Lennon, in his thirties, looking relaxed and at ease with himself? The face on the cover of his last album, Double Fantasy (in profile, standing outside the Dakota building), is unsettlingly mask-like, an image that belies the celebratory tone of what was, after all, a much-heralded comeback record.

RADIO / A man's world: Robert Hanks on misplaced machismo and the minds of murderers

IT'S USUALLY a mistake to identify an actor with the roles he plays, but Terry Molloy makes it hard to avoid. Time after time he ends up as a macho hardhead, a man with deep convictions about what it means to be a man - a testosterone-fuelled Picasso in the Radio 3 drama Guernica, Mike 'A man who can't hold his beer ain't a real man' Tucker in The Archers, and now Maurice, a Derbyshire butcher with the accent on the 'butch', in Big Boys Don't Cry (Radio 4, Tuesday). You just know it would be a bad idea to spill his pint.

Notebook: Many are called but few are chosen: The editor of the new Oxford Dictionary of Quotations on the ones that made it and the ones that got away

IN THE weeks following Angela Partington's compilation of the fourth edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, her head buzzed with bon mots that she might have included, but didn't. There was one on the pinafore hanging by the kitchen door: 'If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden.'
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