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Steady Mercury

The Mercury Music Prize shortlist has been announced. There's not much call for smelling salts or counselling with the comfortable, surprise-free list. Read More »

I’m telling stories – trust me

The South Bank Show - ITV's last claim to be serious - pitches Cumbria's Melvyn Bragg against Lancashire's Jeanette Winterson Read More »

The Festive Fifty 2003

This year's Festive Fifty - the antidote to predictable end-of-year best singles lists - throws up its usual mix of David Gedge, Mark E Smith and Half Man Half Biscuit, and is none the worse for that. Read More »

Cable At End of Tether

The Stereophonics imitate the Libertines, only with lawyers rather than housebreaking. Read More »