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It was the dance station that promised always to play innovative music. But now Kiss FM's owner, Emap, has discovered that a mainstream music policy makes better business sense. So is it the beginning of the end for independent radio? By Paul McCann

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Essay: I know which films you won't be seeing this summer ...

... Because Hollywood has now decided that it's had enough of screen violence.

The Joys of Modern Life 48. The Baseball Cap

THERE CAN be few sartorial signifiers that carry a more embarrassing message than the baseball cap. It's strange to remember that this unflattering headgear was once only recognisable to readers of Peanuts cartoons.

A sari doesn't make us fair game

I AM sure people were giving me looks of pity on the Tube last Friday. I was wearing a sari. I was a visible Asian woman, born to be beaten, raped, killed by close members of her family. This, after all, was the week when we heard how Ruksana Naz was murdered by her mother and brother for getting pregnant through an affair with a childhood sweetheart.

Tennis: Experience proves worth

YOUTH CULTURE may be all the rage in women's tennis but the French Open quarter-finals today will have a strikingly mature look.

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Peter York on Ads No 273: Canderel: They rob the Fifties in such sweet style

Advertisers have robbed the Fifties blind. The low Fifties, that is: primeval youth culture; the golden years of rock and roll; every kind of kitsch Americana and every kind of old newsreel from Mr Cholmondley- Warner's cod Public Education films to Deep South front porch life. But they haven't, until now, really tapped the Golden Age High Fifties, the world of American photographers and movie-makers who took the best of everything for their settings in the search for elegance. I'm thinking Richard Avedon, Suzi Parker, Babe Paley, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. And I'm thinking about the advertising that evoked that world for American glossy magazines. Those models, impossibly tall, hatted, gloved and pearled who presented new miracle fibres from Du Pont and new appliances from Westinghouse by twisting themselves into weird attenuated positions, one leg behind the other, one long-gloved arm outstretched in amazement like very posh magicians' assistants.

Leading article: Grind on in our war against drugs

THERE IS a voyeuristic horror in watching the self-destruction of a minority of young people in ordinary British towns, but it is a fascination at a distance, informed by a feeling that heroin is nothing to do with us. We hope that in our series this week we have captured accurately and vividly some of the destructive power of the new wave of cheap heroin which is worrying the police and drugs agencies. But we also hope that we have shown how this is a problem which ought to worry the rest of us.

Leading Article: No one should feel complacent about the Littleton horror

THERE IS always a tendency for the British to react to horrors such as Littleton, Colorado with an air of "it could only happen in America". The instinctive response is to think that, with so many guns in the United States, it is not a matter of if, but when, the next high school will be attacked by resentful teenagers.

The Books Interview: Robert Irwin - No sympathy for the devil

Robert Irwin - cult novelist, Arabic scholar, ex-wizard and ace Roller-blader - meets Jane Jakeman

Punk: Out of Bondage

Whatever happened to all those punks who scared the tabloids and upset the Queen with their safety-pin fashions and calls to anarchy? As a new book is published celebrating this unique moment in British culture, Jonathan Dyson tracks down those who made it all happen. Original photographs by Ray Stevenson. Portraits by Florian Jaenicke

Arts: Why Irish culture leads by a head

In just a few decades Ireland, once almost a byword for parochialism, has become a world-beating brand name in contemporary music, film, theatre, comedy and literature. How did this happen?

Music: Remix your television set

First there was the Portastudio. Then there was the home sampler. Now, there's VJamm, a box of tricks that allows you to mess with both sound and vision in your own bedsit...
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