The Snow In The Summer or So-So

Week of 1 October 2007


Jonathan Woss's least favourite band
UK Singles Chart for w/c 28 September 1997
Number One
Candle in the wind '97, Elton John, 3rd week, 774th in sequence
Highest new entryStand by me - Oasis - number 2
Fastest climber
(within top 40)
So beautiful - Chris de Burgh - up 6 to 29
Fastest climber
(within top 75)
D'ya know worrah mean? - Oasis - up 9 to 50
Lemming-like fall (within top 40)South of the border - Robbie Williams - down 26 to 40
Lemming-like fall (within top 75)The love scene - Joe - down 33 to 55
Top 40 debuts2 Eivissa, House Traffic
Top 40 exitsChris De Burgh, Mark Morrison, Mrs Wood, Pixies, The Sundays
Top 75 debuts2 Eivissa, Black Science Orchestra Vs Lisa Stansfield, Pierre Henry And Michel Colombier, House Traffic, Rangers FC, T2 Featuring Robin S
Top 75 exitsBlack Science Orchestra Vs Lisa Stansfield, Brownstone, Pierre Henry And Michel Colombier, Mint Condition, Praxis Featuring Kathy Brown, Rootjoose, Staxx, T2 Featuring Robin S, TJR Featuring Xavier

The Rolling Stones had been founded in the 1960s, and became the decade's second most successful group, with eight number 1 singles, 14 consecutive releases into the top ten, and 13 top five albums. Unlike their great rivals The Beatles, the Stones didn't split while they were still popular, and continued to record and tour. The group's last top 10 hit had been Start me up in 1981, and though they were able to sell out Wembley Stadium on the night of two World Cup semi-finals in 1990, the group was primarily preaching to its existing fans. 1997's Bridges to Babylon album was produced by Don Was, with some tracks produced by the Dust Brothers, including the lead single Anybody seen my baby?.

According to Stones legend, it wasn't until Angela, daughter of guitarist Keef Richards, heard the track that anyone noticed how similar the song was to k d lang's classic Constant craving, and gave half the songwriting royalties to lang and her co-writer Ben Mink. lang has only had the one hit under her own right in the UK, and this is her only other top 30 songwriting credit. You wouldn't catch kd paying Angelina Jolie to appear in her videos as a stripper, as the Stones did for this song. Dirty old men.

(More: Chris de Burgh, George Michael, the M People, and Louise)

Dario G increased their sales over last week, but dropped a place to 3 as Oasis put Stand by me in at 2. Oasis continue to release an album every two or three years, and continue to have a fan base large enough to put every release into the top 5. The group's streak now stands at 18 consecutive top 5 hits since 1994, just three adrift of Pestside's current run. A new single is already clogging up Radio 1's playlist.

The second single from Be Here Now shifted almost 150,000 copies this week - almost as it would sell in the rest of the year - but was still beaten 5:1 by Elton John. He's now sold almost 3 million copies of Something about the way you look tonight and is on course to take the Biggest Selling Single in UK History early next week. Indeed, so great is his dominance that the Spice Girls have postponed the release of their new single by a week.

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Blow away!

We'll begin with the football result. Mr. The Teleprinter?

Geelong      24 19 163
Pt. Adelaide  6  8  44

Apparently, it's not that usual for finals games to be as completely one-sided as this. We're not convinced: Geelong won its first-round match by a hundred points, and Port Adelaide took its semi-final by a similar margin. On the other hand, Geelong won its semi by only 5, one of the earlier matches went into extra time, and there were some squeakers. Sports Economist has more.

Wales falls out of the World Cup at the round of 16. The problem: a failure to obey the immutable law of the rugby gods: Kick Early, Go for it Late. Ten minutes they spent fannying around the Fiji goal line; a quick penalty or drop goal, repeat the pressure, and the game's won.

Het Grauniad asks, Which successful bands haven't been influential? One of the comments suggests that Carter [the Unstoppable Sex Machine] belong to a whole swathe of bands that seem to have been excised from the history of rock and pop, as told by music journalists/Right-thinking People With Taste. That's one of the reasons we've been running the 1997 Nostalgia series all year, turning a spotlight on bands who were popular at some point during that year, but mostly whose moments in the sun have been forgotten. Kenickie, Symposium, Lisa Stansfield, Kavana, the Seahorses, Olive, the list goes on. All forgotten, when they deserve something in the way of a memory. We've long intended to do the same thing for 1991 next year. Carter USM will be included. Somewhere.

Iranian universities write to an uneducated fool.

The pros and cons of balloting all university lecturers on an academic boycott of Israel, a discussion at Crooked Timber.

Slate thinks about social networking etiquette, and answers hypotheticals from its reader.

G1 SMS - a primer for French SMS-speak.

Mauritius named the most stable sub-Saharan country.

Cor! Look at that bird! Bitstop has the blue jays in her back yard.

Janet Street-Porterteeth argues against periods.

Dan Roberts blasts the self-inflated importance of those who insist DAB is the future of radio. Folks, it's not. It's a working prototype, but nowhere near the finished product.

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It's only the second of October!

Earlier in the decade, we ran a Yuletide Countdown, spotting sure signs that the festive season was upon us. Here are the findings we made:

This year, we're going to use the 2004 list (which excluded Greg Lake), with two changes. Pre-packed mince pies have been available year round for at least the last eighteen months; we will only count pies baked in-store. And, mercifully, the curse of the seasonal ringtone appears to have died a death, we didn't hear one last year at all. We'll be replacing it with Any festive oldie appears in the UK top 75 singles. So, here's the 2007 list:

You'll be able to monitor progress on the sidebar to the left, and we'll be updating the score when it changes.

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Think about it

Liz Marcs points out that the revolution will be blogged. Comparing it to a commercial street, she remarks, If you look at the World Wide Web as a window onto other parts of the world, then you're gonna get yourself one hell of an education. Some of us have been around long enough to remember a web without banner advertisements, without commercial sponsorship; indeed, an online experience that primarily revolved around usenet and gopher and WAIS. It's these newcomers with their ideas of (shudder) capitalism that have rather ruined the experience.

Even before those days, there was a debate: is the correct construction If people think X, they've got another thing coming, or If people thing X, they've got another think coming? Certainly the thing construction is more popular, by about 3:1. Language Log points out that the OED cites both to the early years of the 20th century; there are unofficial citations to the very end of the 19th. The Times archive reveals that another think coming was first spotted in June 1949, uttered by Herbert Morrison:

The Labour Party, trade unionism, and Co-operation form the great trinity of the people's movement. If the Tories think they can split us asunder they have another think coming to them.

Irritatingly, the Times Digital Archive appears to treat another thing coming as a stopword construction, and returns no hits; a parallel search on another database, also covering 1985, returns a speech by Dr. David Owen on nuclear disarmament. Goodness, this isn't helping the good ship Scholarly Endeavours much, is it?

Mark Leonard proposes a four-cornered approach to world affairs, based on independent axes of democracy and multilaterality. The EU is democratic and multilateral; the rebel colonies are in favour of democracy, but not international agreements. Places like Red China are non-democratic and in favour of multilateral working, while somewhere like Saudi Arabia forms the last corner, neither democratic nor internationalist. We leave it as an exercise for readers to place other power blocs on this square:

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Oh, but they did!

Frayer writes,

There really needs to be a news/politics version of ohnotheydidnt, just because it might make me pay attention to what's going on in the world. It is sad that I should know within minutes of it happening that Britney Spears lost her children and yet it took me a week to realise that large portions of New Orleans had been destroyed. I still am not 100% sure what the protest in Burma is about. It's all about the reader response really. If we had people going "~BITCH SIT DOWN~" at the Burmese government, I'd totally be there. It's just not internets enough for me. And you know the response to the McGanns would be HILARIOUS.

To which we have a number of quick responses. 1: Has Miss Spears thought of looking behind the sofa? That's where missing things generally go. 2: The response to the McGanns would presumably include, You was shit at being Dr Who, you was. 3: The short-form on Burma - military seizes power by killing loads and loads of people, holds elections, ignores the result. Nothing much happens for about fifteen years, then there's a sudden rise in the price of fuel, causing a sudden rise in the price of food. Monks take to the streets demanding that the military gets out of power and holds elections. Military responds by killing a few people and instituting a bigger reign of terror.

On the general point: good idea. Mat, you're better at this sort of thing than I, any smart ideas?

Frayer also asks us to fix Miss Spears' career. Here goes. 1: Join Sugababes next time there's a vacancy, which (on past form) won't be very long. 2: You are now a famous and successful pop star. Victory condition!

D-squared on the BBC Pronunciation Unit, giving Jan Leeming lessons in how to say Joshua Nkomo, and Huw Edwards lessons in how to say Stourbridge. Most recently, Where's Andrew been? Off to see his wife - as he calls her, my Anne Marr.

We were interested to note a new link at the end of every article in to-day's Online Indytab. It was linking to Proximic, the latest company with a big claim to be Building A Better G****e. We've had a dig around the corporate claims, but all we can work out about what they do is that it involves spidering the web and using language-independent text strings to correlate documents. We don't claim to understand this at all, to be honest. What we do understand is the phrase in the proposed Term of Service, This agreement is governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, so if we can work out whatever it is they're doing, we might be interested.

Recommended: Mark Simkin, the ABC's correspondent in the Potomac Drainage Basin, explains baseball to the Aussies.

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A brow so high it could go to a fancy-dress party as the Mekon

A couple of months ago, we touched on the wide-ranging changes made to Radio 4 by James Boyle. Announced in July 1997, and effective from Easter 1998, these were the most wide-ranging changes since the ill-advised Radio In The Seventies changes took place in April 1970. At its inception, Boyle's Law brought about more than 50 changes in a single week.

(More: Many shows were cancelled, many new ones took their place. Plus the full schedule as proposed, including an unexpected appearance for Anne Robinson)

On Friday, we swing our spotlight from Radio 4 to Radio 1.

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Another Female-Fronted Band

Sleeper was Louise Wener (vocals, pouting in tight t-shirts), Jon Stewart (guitar), Andy Maclure (drums), and Diid Osman (bass, slightly silly name). Wener and Stewart started the band while studying politics at Manchester Uni, and recruited the other two (as opposed to The Other Two) when they returned to London. The band's first gig was in summer 1993, under the moniker of Surrender Dorothy. Diid's idea, surely.

Changing their name to their favourite part of a railway line - and let's be glad they didn't call themselves Frozen Points - Sleeper released their first singles. Alice in vain (Nov 1993) tickled the underbelly of the Indie 30, but Swallow (Feb 94) had the misfortune of peaking at position 76, missing the top 75 by just a Mariah Carey. May's Delicious peaked one place higher, but then they went on tour as the support act for Blur, and Great Success - though not Great things, for that was someone else's song - was just around the corner.

The end of 1994 was taken up recording their debut album Smart (Mar 95), presaged by single Inbetweener (Jan 95). Radio 1 had been waiting for some female talent to counterbalance the oh-so-slightly blokeish tendencies of 1994's Britpop stars, and while they waited for Elastica, and couldn't quite get the point of Echobelly, they could always play the ever-so-commercial Sleeper. The video, featuring Supermarket Sweep host Dale Winton, went down as a classic. It was a good song at a good time, peaking at 16 in a very busy month. Vegas (33 in Apr 95) was the album's final single.

The group spent most of 1995 on the road, stopping to record What do I do now? (14 in Oct 95). This would be the group's biggest hit at radio, a bright and perky number that was the shine to Garbage's dark side. Second album The It Girl (May 96) was full of life's little vignettes, three-minute psychodramas like the over-optimistic lover in Sale of the century (Apr 96) and the stalker of Nice guy Eddie (Jun 96). Both of these singles made the UK top 10, and Statuesque (Oct 96) continued the run of top 20 hits. The group toured with Elvis Costello in summer 1996, and spent the early part of 1997 trying to crack America, but the insular people there preferred the nonsense of their home-grown lack-of-talent. Hootie and the Blowfish ahead of Sleeper? [taps side of head.]

Back home, the Britpop bubble reached its peak with the Trainspotting soundtrack, to which Sleeper contributed a rather poor cover of Atomic. Though third album Pleased To Meet You (Oct 97) was a clear progression both musically and lyrically, radio and fashion were moving on to other thrills. Girl power had come along, and all the female-led Britpop bands looked decidedly old hat. Even Shampoo, and they invented the concept. Sleeper had always traded on Wener's good looks and tomboy-next-door style; the talents of Stewart, Maclure, and Osman were covered under the generic name "Sleeperblokes". She's a good girl (Sep 97) could only make 28, and Romeo me (Nov 97) barely made the top 40. The group toured to diminishing returns in 1998, and split at the end of the year.

In the years since, Louise Wener has written two novels. Maclure and Osman became generic backing musicians for other groups, but the group's guitarist has found the greatest fame, as the host of a regular news parody show, and inspiration for this piece.

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Radio 1. As It Isn't.

The second part of our 1997 Nostalgia Radio Fest is January's turmoil at Radio 1. Breakfast host Chris Evans returned to work on Monday 13 January, criticising his bosses at the station, saying he wouldn't do that year's Roadshows, that the playlist was rubbish, and generally acting like a man scratching for the door. On 14 January, Radio 1 announced that it would be having a schedule revamp four weeks hence, from 10 February. By Thursday the 16th, Mr. Evans had walked into station controller Matthew Bannister's office asking for Fridays off so that he could work on his television show. Not unreasonably, Mr. Bannister denied that request, and Mr. Evans confirmed that he would not be renewing his contract when it expired at the end of March. Mr. Evans did not turn up for work on Monday the 20th, prompting Kevin Greening to play a sustaining service of records and no chatter. The following day, Simon Mayo began a Slight Return to breakfast, filling until Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley took over on 17 February. The revised schedule changes took place on the same day, a week later than originally billed.

Our interest is in the schedule announced on 14 January, and torn up within a week. The root cause of the change was Lisa I'Anson's maternity leave, which would leave a hole over lunchtimes. Other changes had been in the works for a little while, and could now be resolved. After almost a decade on daily shifts, Mark Goodier wished to spend more time with his family and his business, and requested a move from his drivetime slot to week-ends. John Peel was unhappy with his week-end slots, and wished to move back to mid-week. After two and a half, it was finally realised that the soul show was not working on Sundays immediately before the chart show.

(More: That revised schedule in full, and some thoughts on what happened to the presenters)

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The Independent's Relaunch

Earlier in the week, we mentioned The Independent's re-launch in September 1997. Roy Greenslade summarised the changes at the time,

Every aspect of the layout has changed, from masthead typeface to the amount of space between the lines of body type. Headlines are smaller, stories are introduced by an explanatory paragraph, and every page is labelled. Left-hand pages are devoted to small news items, while right-hand pages are given over to longer reads that are not written in the usual breathless style of news stories. Every section is similarly designed. The end result is clean, if a little grey, especially since there are no column rules. The front page takes the biggest risk of all. It contains one major story and one large picture, with a panel containing a digest of other important stories published inside.

Hmm. Briefs on the left of a broadsheet double-page, something substantive on the right. One big photo-story on the front page has become standard practice at the Independent papers. From our faint memories, the depth of the deep articles seems to have been diminished, but that could well be our memory playing tricks.

The editor in 1997, Andrew Marr, was right when he said that daily newspapers are there to analyse at least as much as they report. He was ahead of his time, and the Independent's joint ownership (Mirror Group and current owner Tony O'Reilly) ensured there wasn't the money to wait for fashion to catch up, especially when Mirror Group wanted the paper to slot in between the Times and Mail, a thin-enough gap then. The trend Mr. Marr spotted has only continued in the decade since, with the growth of the 24-hour news culture, and Sunday papers have always done far more analysis anyway. We said at the time that the Indy was a Sunday paper published in the week; it's a bit of a shame that the Sunday paper hasn't belatedly followed this lead.

Of course, the concept of a crisp and concise Sunday newspaper is nothing new. In 1988, The Times summarised the vision of the Sunday Correspondent, quoting editor Peter Cole:

People don't want this overwhelming bulk; they want a paper that is organized and selective. It'll be more entertaining, more lively, with softer features, more leisure reading, more analysis, more projection, more agenda-setting. He proposes a 50-page upmarket broadsheet newspaper in two sections News and Culture/Living with 27 to 30 pages of editorial, to be accompanied by a 62-page magazine with 30 pages of editorial.

Thirty pages of broadsheet editorial plus 30 pages of magazine editorial – almost exactly what the paper contained on launch in 1989 – translates to roughly ninety pages of tabloid and magazine space. In turn, and excluding those useless television listings, that's almost exactly what the New Sindytab contains. Any danger of bringing back Pass Notes, the Questionnaire, and that strange game involving coloured hexagons?

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Have you made up your mind, sir?

Mr. The Soup Dragon has announced his decision about an autumn general election. We're not having one, not least because polls in Con-Lab marginals show a 42-35 split in favour of the Tories. That would yield marginal seats including: Corby, Loughborough, Battersea, Northampton S, Croydon C, Finchley, Bury N, Chester, Pendle, Ribble S, Crawley, Dartford, Harlow, Hastings, Hove, Milton Keynes, Dorset S, Stroud, Swindon S, Cardiff N, Carmarthen W, Burton, Redditch (yep, knocking off the Interior Minister), Stafford, Stourbridge, Tamworth, Calder Valley and Colne Valley. In turn, that yields a parliament of various hungitude, depending on how the LD vote breaks. It is a fool's errand to even think about converting the results of a poll in Con-Lab marginals into an overall result; the sample will hopelessly under-represent the LD vote, and sheds no light on what will happen in the Lab-LD marginals, which will be crucial to Mr. The Soup Dragon's hopes of retaining an overall majority. Nor do they tell us about the Con-LD marginals - these only really come into play if the Tories near an overall majority.

Het Grauniad asks, where did Brown get it wrong? The error was allowing speculation about an autumn election to get out of hand. There was never a constitutional reason for it, the psephology never supported the move, and we're mystified why the election season has opened at least 20 months before the likely time for a vote.

Currybet has a look into the absurd flap about Socks' name. It's a cat. It doesn't much care what the presenters call it, so long as it gets the chance to upstage Zoe at least once a week. But the comments go on to discuss the Daily Hell's tactic of trawling the BBC's messageboards for negative comments, and reprinting them as a groundswell of opinion. Curiously, both comments posted by Dobbin2 (two were substantively identical) have turned up in the Daily Hell. Even more remarkably, other users have a similarly good strike record. Anyone would think that the Daily Hell was deliberately trying to pass off its own skewed opinions as the undiluted truth. And we know that that would never happen.

Dan Lane pretends to be a Daily Hell reader, bars union activity from his freely-provided service, and sees toys flying out of the pram. He's unhappy with the week-long strike by postmen, and has enough control of the means of production that he can make life a teensy-weensy little bitty bit more inconvenient for them. It's not addressing the root cause of the problem: Labour's insane view of the Royal Mail as a profit-making business, not as a social service. Allowing competition in collection and sorting, but not delivery, was always the idea of a quarter-wit.

And finally, Sebby on the complete unfunniness of LOL Cats. We asked Next Door's Cat for a comment about these pictures, but he turned away without deigning to give a response. Waste of a good plate of fish 'n' chips.

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European hits

A rather quiet week on the European charts. Biggest news comes from Germany, where Rihanna's Don't stop the music displaces Culcha Candela from the top spot. The song's only on release in Germany and Ireland, where it scrapes into the top 20. Lower down, we shudder to think about Lemon Ice's cover of Right here waiting - yes, the 1989 Richard Marx classic. Pleased to see British band Rooney have outsold Jennifer Lopez. A new leader at Latvian airplay, Ripoja akmens heads for Cacao, but Dave Gahan's Kingdom comes straight in at 4. And a new best-seller in Norway, Alejandro Fuentes's Hell if I.

North Europe's Top 20

20 re DJ Ötzi - Ein stern
19 NE Ora Mate - Kamate
18 NE Monrose - Strictly physical
17 12 Kayne West - Stronger
16 14 Ich + Ich - Von sielbern stern
15 19 Julien Dore - Moi ... Lolita
14 13 Culcha Candela - Hamma
13 re Nightwish - Amaranth
12  9 Mika - Relax (take it easy)
11 10 Scouting For Girls - She's so lovely
10 11 Mika - Big girl (you are beautiful)
 9  7 K T Tunstall - Hold on
 8  6 Sean Kingston - Beautiful girls
 7  4 Stacey Ferguson - Big girls don't cry
 6  5 Robyn - With every heartbeat
 5  8 24 New Pence - Ayo technology
 4 15 Sugababes - About you now
 3  3 Plain White Ts - Hey there Delilah
 2  2 Timberyokel - The way oi are
 1  1 James Blunt - 1973

Ora Mate are a bunch of men chanting in a manner that's clearly inspired by the New Zealanders. It's a popular song in France, where it's the theme to that country's coverage of the rugby world cup. Monrose are the German answer to the Council Estate Slappers, now on the third single of their comeback career. Nightwish return to the top 20 and their highest position so far. Note also the high climb for the Sugababes, missing the top 3 by a fraction of a point.

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UK hits
UK Singles Chart for w/c 7 October 2007
Number One
About you now - Sugababes - 2nd week (Number 1054 in seq.)
Highest new entryIndian summer - Manic Street Preachers - number 22
Fastest climber
(within top 40)
Do it well - Jennifer Lopez - up 23 to 11
Fastest climber
(within top 75)
It means nothing - The Stereophonics - up 29 to 12
Lemming-like fallHard headed woman - Elvis Presley - down 82 to 97
Top 40 debutsAly and AJ
Top 75 debutsAly and AJ, One Republic

More Timberland nonsense to begin the chart, his protoges One Republic sneak in at 75 with Apologise; one place higher is Biffy Clyro's Machines, and the Hives enter at 73 with Tick tick boom. Back amongst us at number 70 is the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK, still sounding as fresh as a daisy, and re-released on seven-inch. Mia comes back at 66 with Jimmy. Back up 10 to 65 for Snore Patrol's Chasing cars; on the official lists, it now ranks 57 weeks, overtaking Englebert Humpendink's Release me, which had 56 consecutive weeks in the top 50. Snore Patrol had to go right thorugh the 75, and had a six-week break when the song was deleted out late last year. What a bonkers rule that was!

Neyo's Can we chill enters at 62, and Chamillionaire's Hip hop police is up 20 to 53. The Coral just miss the big leagues, Jacqueline enters at 44. Scraping in are Kayne West, whose Good life climbs 12 to 40; and Lethal Bizzle, Police on my back enters at 37.

Aly and AJ (Alyson and Amanda Mychalka) are stars of the Dismal Corporation's shows: Alyson from Phil of the Future, Amanda from Cow Belles. They released an album in 2005, and toured with Dismal's Cheetah Girls group, but in spite of saturation play on both Crapital Dismal and UCB, didn't do anything over here. Album two is now in the works, and Potential breakup song has been on the video channels rather a lot, as one might expect from any video showing two attractive young blondes. The single's in at 33, beaten by the latest release from Mika, Happy ending lands at 29.

Katherine Nash had two just outside the top 20, Mouthwash climbs 24 to 23, moving past Foundations, a non-mover at 25. Robyn prevents the pop toff from having back-to-back hits. Highest new entry honours to the Manic Street Preachers: if they can't have a number 2 hit, they'll settle for the number 22 entry (and, we must assume, peak) of Indian summer. This week's Elvis Presley Re-Issue is King Creole, in at 15: his recent record is 14-14-14-15-15, a model of consistency. The Stereophonics have the worst record in the top 20, as It means nothing scoots up from 41 to 12 on full release. Also released: Jennifer Lopez, whose Do it well is up 23 to 11.

Two records move into the top 10: Feist's 1234 provides the obligatory Canadian talent, up 8 to 8; Amy Whingebag's insipid cover of the Zutons; Valerie is up 5 to 7. Sean Kingston dips out of the top 5, allowing the Plain White Ts to move back up a place. 24 New Pence and Shayne Ward both drop one, as Ida Corr and Freddy le Grand climbs from 5 to 2. No shifting the Sugababes, second week at number 1, and full release to-morrow.

On the albums list, the Battle of Radio 2 is won by Bruce Springboard, as Magic pushes Ketevan Melua's Pictures into the number 2 spot. Foo Fighters and James Blunt both drop two places, with Babyshambles' Shotter's Nation in at 5, and Annie Lennox launching Songs of Mass Destruction at 7. Dylan is 10, and Gabrielle's Always 11. Climbs for Mark Ronson (29-18) and old albums from Presley (30-21) and Whingebag (32-23). Many hurrahs for Nightwish, Dark Passion Play becomes the most successful album by a Finnish group this year, in at 25. Boo as Ryandan slumb 7-30, and the Bee Gees re-release a 1979 greatest hits album to 35. Feist re-enters at 44, and Steve Earle and the solo best of Mick Jagger enter lower down. So do new work from Harry Connick Jr, the Puppini Sisters, and The Cult (were they still going? You surprise us.) and hits of Don McLean. After quite some months, albums from Peter Björn and John, and from Kate Walsh make their top 75 debuts.

 1  1 Sugababes - About you now
 8 16 Feist - 1234
 9  9 Scouting for Girls - She's so lovely
22 NE Manic Street Preachers - Indian summer
24 19 Robyn - With every heartbeat
27 17 Jack Penate - Second minute or hour
29 NE Mika - Happy ending
30 28 30 Seconds to Mars - The kill (rebirth)
33 NE Aly and AJ - Potential breakup song
34 36 Hoosiers - Worried about Ray
38 27 Jonny Trunk and Wisby - The ladies' bras
41 24 Babyshambles - Delivery
44 NE Coral - Jacqueline
50 39 Newton Faulkner - Dream catch me
51 43 Enemy - You're not alone
55 54 Hard-Fi - Suburban knights
56 53 KT Tunstall - Hold on
60 60 Mika - Big girl (you are beautiful)
61 46 Joy Division - Love will tear us apart
64 70 Åvril Lavignnesøn - When you're gone
67 56 Reverend and the Makers - He said he loved me
68 48 Leann Rimes - Nothing better to do
70 re Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
73 NE Hives - Tick tick boom

.. 45 Air Traffic - No more running away
.. 49 Ian Brown - Illegal attacks
.. 58 Annie Lennox - Dark road
.. 68 White Stripes - You don't know what love is
.. 72 Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
.. 74 Holloways - Two left feet

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Shows of the week

This week, we've been watching and hearing...

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News of the week

The Ukranian general election was won by Yulia Tymoshenko, whose Orange Party won the most seats. Viktor Yanukovich's Party of the Regions came a close second, but will be excluded from government in favour of Our Ukraine, headed by president Viktor Yushchenko. Ms. Tymoshenko said her priorities included reforming Ukraine's visa regime, joining the World Trade Organisation, and maintaining good relations with Russia.

Prochain ancien British prime minister Mr. The Soup Dragon announced a small cut in the number of British troops occupying Occupied Iraq. Rather than the expected 2000 out, Mr. The Soup Dragon recalled just 1000 army staff, of whom 500 were due to return by the end of the year anyway.

Burmese military leaders said that they would meet with opposition leader Ang San Suu Kyi. Over 2000 people had been detained following the street demonstrations of the previous week.

A two-day summit between the leaders of the People's Democratic Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea saw much progress, including an outline commitment to draw up a formal treaty to end the Korean War of the 1950s.

Postal workers in Britain staged another strike; further action scheduled for Monday and Tuesday means that the service will effectively be at a standstill for over a week.

Prochain ancien British prime minister Mr. The Soup Dragon confirmed that there would not be a general election this autumn. Speculation had been encouraged by the Labour party, but had been quenched following a successful conference by the opposition Conservatives.

Pervez Musharraf won an election for the presidency of Pakistan. His candidacy has been stayed, pending a court ruling on whether members of the army may stand.

Vishy Anand won the World Chess Matchplay Championship in Mexico City, taking the title on a score of +4=10-0. He will play the Knockout Chess champion, Vladimir Kramnik in the new year.

We regret to report the deaths of Ned Sherrin ubiquitous raconteour; and of Ronnie Hazlehurst, television theme composer.

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A fairly quiet week: low cloud on Monday lifted slightly, and was swept away by another front on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday were clear, sunny, and surprisingly warm for the time of year. Cloud was more reluctant to lift over the week-end.

01 Mo cloud, showerss   10/14, 2.0
02 Tu cloud              9/14
03 We drizzle, cloud    12/15, 1.0
04 Th sun               10/18
05 Fr sun                6/16
06 Sa cloud              9/15
07 Su cloud             10/16

Rainfall in October: 3mm; monthly average: 69mm

Degree heating days: 4½
2006-7: 0/499
2005-6: 0/684
2004-5: 0/556
2003-4: 4½/754

High pressure over the United Kingdom will drift eastwards over the Continent, allowing trailing fronts to bring some light rain to parts away from the extreme south and east on Tuesday. Another area of high pressure will then move up from the Azores, bringing more settled weather to the south, and leaving the north and west open to the passage of fronts. By Friday, there will be a deep area of low pressure somewhere between Greenland and Iceland; depending on the actual evolution, it possible that this could bring rain and storms for next week-end, so do wrap up.

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