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Nick Drake: the fragile genius

telegraph.co.uk — Not long before his death, Drake went into a recording studio. Such was his condition, his lack of equilibrium, that he was able to record only four songs. Heard now, they have the ethereal quality of the last breath of a dying person captured on glass.

Manson: the Life and Times of Charles Manson, by Jeff Guinn, review

telegraph.co.uk — Manson was 5ft 4in and softly spoken, but prison had given him the skills to manipulate people, and an uncanny knack for nosing out the vulnerable. Using a pitch cobbled together from Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People ("Begin in a friendly way..."), half-digested scraps of Scientology and the hippie platitudes of the day, he began to gather a following, scavenging food out of rubbish dumps and living on drug deals.

National Lottery turns 20: meet the millionaire winners

telegraph.co.uk — The country will be a lot richer because of the lottery,' the then prime minister John Major declared, launching the first National Lottery in November 1994. Well, some of us, at least, have become so.

Today's musicians have to be covered

timeslive.co.za — Insurance? The Rolling Stones? Who in their right mind would ever think of insuring the Rolling Stones? Well, 12 companies at least. That is the number of London insurance-market insurers and syndicates involved in the dispute arising from the postponement of the Australian and New Zealand leg of the Stones' 14 On Fire tour earlier this year, following the death of Mick Jagger's partner, L'Wren Scott.

The Rolling Stones: rock is now a premium package

telegraph.co.uk — Insurance - it's an ugly business. But for the Rolling Stones - and indeed any rock performers - a necessary one. By the time the 14 On Fire tour ends in Auckland, New Zealand, next week, the group will have performed to some 689,000 people at 29 shows and grossed around $120m.

Benedict Cumberbatch on Alan Turing: 'He should be on banknotes'

telegraph.co.uk — He has an army of adoring female fans that style themselves as 'Cumberbitches' - a term to which Cumberbatch himself has taken vocal exception in the past. 'It sets feminism back so many notches.' He apparently would prefer the term 'Cumberpeople'.

Video: Trying Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Iced for first time

telegraph.co.uk — For the Brits, autumn is about crunchy leaves, the smell of bonfires and roast dinners. Over in America, however, it means one thing: pumpkin spice lattes. Starbuck's "Fall" beverage is so insanely popular across the pond that the firm has sold over 200 million cups since it launched in 2003, and claims the drink inspires more than 3,000 tweets a day when it's on the menu.

We no longer see the funny side of clowns

telegraph.co.uk — Let's be honest, does anybody nowadays really like clowns? Certainly not in France. There has been a spate of reports this week of people dressed as clowns, some armed with pistols, knives and baseball bats, wreaking havoc in towns across the country.

Edward Snowden: the true story behind his NSA leaks

telegraph.co.uk — It was at that point that Poitras stopped using the telephone in her apartment, bought a new computer for cash and started checking her email account only in public places. 'If I really want to have a private conversation I won't have it in my home; I go to a public place.

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, review: 'car crash fascination'

telegraph.co.uk — There are two great themes running through this book. One is Jerry Lee's love-hate relationship with Elvis; the other is his struggle with the Devil. Lewis arrived at Sun determined to topple Elvis from his throne as the king of rock 'n' roll - and for a brief while he did.
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Nov 27, 2014

@chrisdeerin this is all very unlike you, Chris. No Big Star?!

Nov 26, 2014

RT @NickCohen4: "Nigel Farage , Russell Brand, George Galloway - why TV prefers loudmouths to democrats" Me in @StandpointMag standpointmag.co.uk/overrated-dece…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @alexneedham74: Lovely piece by @HagenMark on why What Becomes of the Brokenhearted is eternal gu.com/p/43f2y/stw

Nov 15, 2014

@WillGav Hi Will - sorry would have been happy to but late picking up your message. Cheers

Nov 12, 2014

RT @davidhepworth: Just as I thought. Rock stars have more dependents than the Queen. @mickbrownwriter on Rolling Stones & insurance. http:…

Nov 11, 2014

RT @Tibetans: #Shugden practitioners justify the use of violence in order to reach political goals. huff.to/1qmDYlZ #Tibet #China @DalesKadampaLad

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