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Kinks and Zombies bassist Jim Rodford dies aged 76

The Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died at the age of 76. The British musician, who spent 18 years with the band from 1979, also played with Argent and The Zombies. His cousin and fellow bandmate, Rod Argent, paid tribute on Facebook to the “magnificent bass player”, who died following a fall on the stairs. He also highlighted his commitment to the music scene in St Albans where he had lived all his life, playing with family members in The Rodford Files. “He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and…

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Ed Sheeran engaged to long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran has announced he’s engaged to his long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. Posting on Instagram he said they are both “very happy and in love”, joking that their cats are happy for them too. The couple met in school although they only got together in 2015, spending most of 2016 travelling the world during his year off from music. Cherry is a hockey star and helped England U21’s win the bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships. Last year Ed said that he’d finally had the chance to fall in…

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Ed Sheeran announces engagement

Ed Sheeran has announced he’s engaged to his long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. Posting on Instagram he said they are both “very happy and in love”, joking that their cats are happy for them too. The couple met in school although they only got together in 2015, spending most of 2016 travelling the world during his year off from music. Cherry is a hockey star and helped England U21’s win the bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships. https://www.instagram.com/p/BeLG5CBlLYw/?hl=en&taken-by=teddysphotos Last year Ed said that he’d finally had the chance to fall…

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Alan Carr gets married to long-term boyfriend in LA

Comedian and TV presenter Alan Carr has got married to his long-term boyfriend Paul Drayton in Los Angeles. The 41-year-old’s publicist confirmed the couple had tied the knot at a “small, private ceremony” last week. The host of Channel 4’s Chatty Man had been in a relationship with party planner Drayton for about 10 years. His publicist said they were “planning a big celebration with all their family and friends” in the UK this summer, adding “they are both extremely happy”. Carr posted a picture of the couple on the…

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How Jeremy Deller is brightening the school day

Wakefield’s Hepworth Gallery has revived a pioneering scheme from the 1940s to introduce children to the best in contemporary art. It has commissioned several contemporary artists to produce prints of their work especially for local schools. The original School Prints were a product of their time: launched in the wake of a terrible world war by people who believed that wider appreciation of art and culture might help stave off another such disaster. Original lithographs, they appeared between 1946 and 1949, and the artists commissioned included big names like LS…

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