CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 1st July

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jackson recovering on holiday in Bahrain
- Disputes over disabled access limitations as Live 8 London approaches
- Coldplay and Ashcroft to collaborate at Live 8
- Roskilde 2005 under way
- SonyBMG enter partnership with legit P2P company
- James brown rape case dismissed
- Live Review: Stars at Buzzard, Camden on 29 Jun
- Babyshambles delay single release
- TCR announce annual breaks all-dayer BBQ
- Wyclef launches clothes range in US
- Sony revamp to better take on Apple
- Festival review: Glastonbury 2005
- Idol winner accuses manager of forgery
- Apple sign up a million podcast subscribers in 2 days
- New Sugababes album
- Fun Lovin' Criminals new video
- Timberlake movie release delayed
- Jack Osbourne can't remember anything
- Church to become radio star, possibly
- Liam Gallagher bans kids from swearing

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Underdog at Notting Hill Arts Club
The NHAC can be a little bit pretentious when it wants to be, but on Sunday I hear it's more relaxed, and with Jay Hannan's night it should be. Where better to recover from all that charity guitar twanging of Live 8? Underdog is the progression from Hannan and Ben Watt's legendary night Lazy Dog, and has been running in present format for over two years. Starting off with some deep house, seasoned with a party twist, Hannan is accompanied by Dusty promotions' DJ Jel. With Brazilian, Estonian and Turkish beers and coctels aplenty this one will be rammed early, the happy hour's from 4-7 so get your skates on.

Sunday 3 Jul, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3JQ, 4pm till 1am, £5 after 6pm, info at http://www.nottinghillartsclub.com and http://www.underdogclub.com

MARC'S CLUB TIP: Love Your Enemies
OK, I'm slightly biased, but what the hell? Jamie Manners, Johnny Valentine, Alex G Sarll and, erm, Marc Samuels present an evening of eclectic, non-conformist pop music. Includes Highway To él - a special set celebrating all the hits of él Records. OUR DJs ARE BANNED FROM PLAYING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING 'ARTISTS'. Art Brut, Beastie Boys, Bloc Party, British Sea Power, The Fall, Futureheads, Gang Of Four, Graham Coxon, Jeff Buckley, Kenickie, Killers, Ladytron, Le Tigre, Libertines, Nick Cave, Others, Pixies, Primal Scream, Razorlight, Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, Stone Roses, Strokes, The Tears, Velvet U'ground, White Stripes.

Sunday 3 Jul, The Pleasure Unit, 359 Bethnal Green Road (Bethnal Green Tube), 7pm-12pm, admission FREE.

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JACKSON RECOVERING ON HOLIDAY IN BAHRAIN
After reports in the Daily Express yesterday that he was in Paris last week talking to filmmakers about the possibility of making an 'actually I'm not that weird' documentary, the latest news on Mr Michael Jackson is that he is in Bahrain having a holiday. Lovely.

An official in the Gulf state confirmed Jacko was staying there, telling news agencies: "He is here in Bahrain on a friendly visit to relax and enjoy the hospitality. He is a long time friend of the [royal] family". Jackson's connections with Bahrain's royal family are probably via his brother Jermaine, who announced plans back in Jan to release a charity single with the king's son Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

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DISPUTES OVER DISABLED ACCESS LIMITATIONS AS LIVE 8 LONDON APPROACHES
As final preparations are made for the London date of the Live 8 concert, both event promoters and Westminster Council are trying to avoid responsibility for restrictions on the number of disabled people who will be able to attend the event. That follows reports that only 140 spaces are available at the concert for disabled ticket holders, which is a problem because some 300 disabled people were hoping to attend the event.

Promoters of the Live 8 event said that the number of places for disabled concert goers was limited by the size of the platform from which they will enjoy the event. That platform only has room for 140 disabled people and their carers, and all spaces have now been allocated. Live 8 publicist pointed out that there would be twice as many disabled people at this event than at last year's Party In The Park, the annual charity concert that Live 8 is replacing. Crucially he implied that the platform being used couldn't be increased in size because of restrictions set by the local licensing authority - Westminster Council.

However Council officials yesterday denied responsibility for setting the size of that platform. A spokesman told the BBC: "We take umbrage at the suggestion we told them how big the platform could be - that is up to the promoters and should be based on the number of people who want disabled access. We are surprised they are saying we are responsible for the decision. We would be more than willing for them to widen the platform, provided it satisfied health and safety requirements."

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COLDPLAY AND ASHCROFT TO COLLABORATE AT LIVE 8
Talking of Live 8 and, it has to be said, we don't have a lot to say about it given that it is now so close, but there is this one bit of gossip. Word is Coldplay are planning a duet with Richard Ashcroft. Ashcroft has been supporting the band at some of their European tour dates and apparently he and Chris Martin have come up with the idea of doing a version of 'Bittersweet Symphony' at Live 8. So there you go. Enjoy.

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ROSKILDE 2005 UNDER WAY
If you prefer your major music events to not involve making poverty history, then the Roskilde Festival in Denmark is already under way (it officially started yesterday, though people have been arriving since Sunday). If you want to catch Evil Nine, Armand Van Helden, Tom Vek, Sonic Youth and Velvet Revolver, well tough, because they all played yesterday. Still to come, though, are, among others, The Dears, The Tears, Junior Senior (remember them?), Audioslave, Snoop Dog and Black Sabbath (today), Jimmy Eat World, Duran Duran, Roots Manuva, The Raveonettes and Green Day (tomorrow), and Bloc Party, The Futureheads, Bright Eyes, The Game, Brian Wilson and Interpol. And to be fair Roskilde is pretty much like Glastonbury in its incorporation of humanitarian charities into its programme - so there'll probably be quite a lot of making poverty history stuff there too.

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SONYBMG ENTER PARTNERSHIP WITH LEGIT P2P COMPANY
The two men who might benefit most from the previously reported US Supreme Court ruling on P2P file sharing were both involved in creating the original P2P software which first enabled the illegal distribution of music online.

Less than 48 hours after US judges ruled that P2P networks could be held liable for the copyright violation they enable, the former CEO of the P2P company at the heart of the case, Grokster, signed a deal with SonyBMG. Former Grokster boss Wayne Rosso now runs Mashboxx, a company aiming to establish a legal P2P network where customers pay a subscription to use the service - a share of which is paid back to the record labels. For the subscription model P2Ps to have any chance of success the free-to-access networks like Grokster and Kazaa need to be forced to crack down on the sharing of copyright music - this week's Supreme Court ruling, of course, could really help with this, meaning Grokster's loss in court should really help the company's former CEO.

SonyBMG's endorsement of Rosso's Mashboxx is important in getting the subscription-P2P model off the ground. Without the support of the major labels and, therefore, access to their catalogues, few music fans are going to use the networks. With SonyBMG on board other major labels are sure to follow. Lending his personal support to Mashboxx, SonyBMG boss Andrew Lack told Reuters: "There's an opportunity to employ lots of different technologies that legitimize these file-sharing services. A lot of them didn't want to come to the table until this ruling."

Mashboxx will use the SnoCap tracking system in order to make their legal P2P system viable - therefore if Rosso's company is a success that will also benefit SnoCap boss Shawn Fanning, the founder of the original Napster.

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JAMES BROWN RAPE CASE DISMISSED
US magistrate Sidney Schenkier has thrown out a civil rape claim against soul legend James Brown, ruling that the two year time limit for such a claim had expired. As previously reported, Jaque Hollander, the singer's former PR assistant, says he assaulted her at gunpoint back in 1988, and was seeking £56million in damages from the singer. When the claim was initially made in Jan of this year, a spokesman said that she had been diagnosed recently with a neurological disorder sparked by the incident of alleged "rape and torture", and had only now been able to "gather the strength" to pursue the case. At the time, Brown's manager dismissed the charges as "absurd".

Hollander's lawyer, Don Rosen, said: "The idea that somebody could get away with the brutality Mr Brown has - even after 17 years - and not see a day in court based on the idea that he has successfully managed to instill fear in my client is an injustice for any victim."

James Brown has had a number of brushes with the law over the years, and been accused of domestic violence, as well as facing charges of drugs and weapons possession. He was cleared in 2002 in a case of sexual harassment brought by another former employee, who did, however, manage to secure damages for wrongful dismissal.

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LIVE REVIEW: Stars at Buzzard, Camden on 29 Jun
The venue formerly known as the Purple Turtle has been given a facelift and a new name, and to commemorate this, Artrocker are hosting a series of gigs, including this hotly anticipated performance by the Canadian band, Stars, in their sole UK gig. Part of the superb Arts and Craft label, the band have recorded three albums to date, with 2003's 'Heart' and 2004's 'Set Yourself On Fire' (soon to be released here) standing out as sterling pieces of work. Their sound draws on a number of influences, mostly English in fact; The Smiths, New Order, and Saint Etienne spring to mind, whilst similarities could be drawn with contemporary acts like the recently dissolved Delgados (Amy Millan's vocals are strikingly similar to Emma Pollock's) and fellow Canadians, The Dears. In a sweltering environment, the band performed a peerless set, comprising tracks from the aforementioned albums. 'Elevator Love Letter', which is perhaps the band's strongest track, was played early on, but picking highlights is an impossible job when their repertoire is so strong. The vocal interplay between Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell is mesmerising, and their sharing of vocals demonstrates an understanding of their subjects (primarily love, its loss, and its growth) from different perspectives. An hour long set of pure energy and heart, taking in such delights as 'Ageless Beauty' and 'One More Night', has this small, but devoted crowd beguiled. Stars may well remain a cult band, which I find baffling, because whilst their music may have contrary values to the mainstream; subtlety, depth, and passion, it is still 'pop' music. Long may Stars' ascent continue! KW

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BABYSHAMBLES DELAY SINGLE RELEASE
Babyshambles have delayed the release of new single 'Fuck Forever', which was due out on 25 Jul, but now won't be available until 8 Aug. According to NME.com, the delay is due to "artwork" issues. As previously reported, the CD single will also feature the track 'Monkey Casino', and the 7" will have 'Black Boy Lane' on the B-side.

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TCR ANNOUNCE ANNUAL BREAKS ALL-DAYER BBQ
A quick date for your diaries for the weekend after this one. Top breaks label TCR is hosting its annual Breaks All-dayer and barbeque at Lockside Lounge in Camden on Saturday 9 Jul. Entry is free and all sorts of top breaks types will be on the decks, including Rennie Pilgrem, BLIM, Ellis Dee (exclusive old skool set!), General Midi, Chris Carter & JHz (Roxiller), Danny McMillan, Breakneck, Smithmonger, Vigi, Clive Tag, Pippa and more. The whole thing precedes the next installment of top breaks night HUM, which is taking place at the seOne club near London Bridge that night from 10pm to 6am, with Rennie Pilgrem, Meat Katie, Koma&Bones, Vigi & Mr B, Will Saul, Precision Cuts, Sideshow and Steelzawheelz all on the decks. Press info on either from TCR (or for Hum also from Leyline Promotions).

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WYCLEF LAUNCHES CLOTHES RANGE IN US
Former(?) Fugee Wyclef Jean has launched his new clothing range in America. 'Refugee By DIA Clothing' has already proved successful in Europe, and apparently combines French, Italian and American styles. Allhiphop.com reports that Wyclef hopes that his clothes will inspire and promote unity and cultural awareness in the US, (which is a pretty tall order for the average textile, in my opinion) and takes the statement "We Are All Refugees" as its mantra.

Anyway, Wyclef has commented on the fashion line: "People buy Sean John because it's owned by Puffy. People buy Avirex because it's endorsed by Method Man. People will probably buy my line because it's owned by me, but they will walk away with more. 'We are all Refugees' means that everyone is a refugee. Everyone in the United States is a refugee to some degree. No one's culture originated here. In the past either our parents or ancestors left their homelands to come here for various reasons. People die because they are refugees. People need to remember that."

Wyclef is a long time activist in his native Haiti, and hopes to use DIA Clothing as part of his quest to inform and interest people in their cultural heritage.

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SONY REVAMP TO BETTER TAKE ON APPLE
Sony have revamped the structure of their digital music operations in a bid to better take on Apple. The revamp will mean that the development of the Sony Network Walkman and the group's Connect download platform will now be controlled by one division. The corporate separation of the Sony division responsible for digital music hardware and the division responsible for developing the group's download platforms has been identified as one of reasons why Sony has so far failed to win a significant share of the emerging digital music space. The move will put the group more in line with Apple where development of the iPod and iTunes has gone hand in hand.

No word, however, on how closely the new digital music division will work with Sony Playstation. When Sony launched the new version of the portable PlayStation, which included music player functionality, many felt that Sony had a better chance of stealing back a share of the download space through its PlayStation brand, rather than via its Walkman and Connect operations. The logic flowed that while Apple concentrated on a music only service, Sony could target the consumer looking for video, gaming and music (and possibly mobile phone) capabilities in one device. Of course the new PSP got rave reviews as a gaming console, but was criticised for its music playing abilities, which might have hindered those ambitions. It remains to be seen if the Sony group is capable of that level of integration and, if they are, whether the one-stop-everything device really is the future.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Glastonbury 2005
Well, given that Live 8 will steal everyone's attention tomorrow and Glastonbury will be but a distant memory by Monday, we better get the third and final bit of our review out of the way. Here we go with Sunday. Sorted.

MM: A sweaty mess woken up early by the heat. Bleary eyed and bedraggled, I blink my way down to the Jazz World in search of le Grande Bouffe. Tucking into a tartiflette, I survey my surroundings and collect my thoughts. The intense sun has baked the ground hard here. I sit on a brightly painted bench and suddenly the world seems just that much better a place. On stage are the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band and they're very good - I just love they're complex rhythm and percussion. I can't seem to get off the bench so stay on for SkaCubano, who explore what might have happened if the musical revolution in Kingston and the communist one in Cuba had met. They're very enthusiastic and the music is perfect for the setting - the crowd swells and dances in the sunlight. But suddenly their frankly fantastic suits and energetic dancing put me in mind of the Cuban Brothers and I have to run off giggling up towards the Dance village.

ISP: I started Sunday back at the Pyramid Stage because a friend of mine told me I should make an effort to see James Blunt. Immediate reponse - mmmm, I don't know. He's clearly a good songwriter, and he was putting on a fairly good show which was definitely appreciated by his fan base down next the front. But, probably because the aforementioned friend had raved so much, he wasn't as good as I'd expected. No such problems with Jools Holland. We all know what to expect here, and he always manages to deliver. It's all quite light a frivolous of course, but nevertheless it's hard not to be entertained.

MM: I'd intended on watching Cake for whom I've got a bit of a fond spot. I felt their sort of dry sardonic pop funk would be just right for a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Other stage is still very muddy so we find a little dry island miles back from the stage and park ourselves down. Some tiny figures far in the distance walk out onto the stage and begin to play some melodic, textured earnest rock. This was very clearly not Cake. After the instrumental song ends the tiny figure steps up to the mic and mumbles something. I catch "New York, Cake can't make it mumble mumble let out of rehab to come here..." Inertia. Their music is alright, sort of generic American college melodic guitar rock. Find out later they're Ambulance Ltd. Didn't note their name for future record shopping.

ISP: When I get to the Other Stage The Bravery are kicking off their set. They tell us they've not been to Glastonbury before, and you could tell. It was an OK set, but you couldn't help thinking they were going through the motions, that Glasto was just another date on a UK tour. Perhaps I'm being unfair, perhaps they did realise the importance of a Glastonbury set and that was making them nervous - but they didn't seem as awe-inspired as their contemporaries who'd performed the day before, and their set lacked energy and charm as a result. Shirley Manson never looks awe-inspired, but then she never lacks energy, so it doesn't matter. Manson was as passionate and charismatic as ever as she worked her way through her band's set. Garbage are Garbage, and the Garbage fans in the audience got what they wanted. Expectations fulfilled. Thanks Ms Manson.

MM: Back to the Pyramid stage for Van Morrison. I'm now light of heart and of feet as the mud has mostly baked dry. The rest is covered with bales of bright golden straw. This really is a farm! Morrison in fine form. He plays a lot of his sort of classic smoky blues/jazz type stuff. His band is incredibly good, very tight. I'm a little sad he doesn't play any work circa Astral Weeks but he gives us 'Avalon Sunset' and 'Brown Eyed Girl' and nothing could have been lovelier in the sunshine. Next up Brian Wilson, who comes on to great applause. He looks a little squirrely, gazing blankly at a prompter beside his piano and abruptly getting up and shuffling off stage at the end, but his very large and talented accompanying band pull him through. Sadly it's too hot to stay for my favourite song so I nip around the corner and find myself gazing rapturously at a pie while 'God Only Knows' fills the air.

Back to Other Stage for Rufus Wainwright's brilliant, beautiful, multi layered, complex and confiding music. Having seen him many times in small cafes and clubs, I'm overawed at seeing him at Glastonbury with a great big band. It looks like a religious cult has gathered when he sings Cohen's 'Hallelujah' as a tribute to Jeff Buckley. When his sister Martha joins him on stage for 'In my arms' it's just really, really lovely. He ends with 'Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk'. Wow.

At the gangs' insistence, we go to see Primal Scream. Not being a big fan, I'm only really familiar with the big hits and the persona. That might explain why I thought their performance was so utterly shite. Somehow after an afternoon of lovely, confessional music from extremely talented songwriters a set of cynical, posturing rock & roll swagger and empty mouthed political haranguing just seemed unnecessary. Abuse of Kylie, of Ian Brown, of hippies, of whomever else. The aim? Anger as creativity? Whatever. The sight of Gillespie's rolling eyes and foaming mouth and the band's astonishing gurn count is just too much of a damper on my sunny afternoon. I fight my way through dense crowds and residual mud bogs to get the fuck out of there. And realize I've missed Tori Amos and the Wailers. That's the trouble with going to Glasto with your mates: you always have to make some sacrifices. At least we are all in agreement about Basement Jaxx.

ISP: Too right. Basement Jaxx aren't a band I've paid too much attention too before last weekend, and when I heard they were being shunted up the bill to fill Ms Minogue's Sunday headlining shoes, I started to doubt that the Eavis' knew quite what they were doing. But they completely stepped up to it with a real storming set which brought on one of those "I never knew I knew so many of these guy's songs' sensations. A copy of Basement Jaxx's greatest hits will be finding its way on to my iPod this week.

MM: He's right, Basement Jaxx really were a tour de force! Magnificent energy, frenetic dancing, a full brass marching band, Brazilian carnival dancers - they had it all. Every one of the vocalists dazzles with their skill, charisma and very impressively quick costume changes. Felix needed restraint from running out to embrace everyone of the crowd who were so completely on his side. Their tribute to Kylie was fantastic. They completely took over that song (yup, still can't get you out of my head). I don't know who the man who sang it was but wow does he have a honey sweet, soulful voice! What a fantastic end to Glastonbury! I didn't even mind the slightly absent firework display. I just wandered off with everyone else in the crowd, arms linked and singing.

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IDOL WINNER ACCUSES MANAGER OF FORGERY
Ruben Studdard, the 2003 American Idol winner, has made claims to police that his former manager stole money from him by forging his paperwork to gain power of attorney over his finances. The singer says Ronald W Edwards misused more than $264,000 (£137k) of his cash, but Edwards denies the claim, and in fact says that Studdard owes him money. The manager filed for bankruptcy last month, therefore putting Studdard's lawsuit on hold, but denies that it was a move to avoid giving evidence in the case.

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APPLE SIGN UP A MILLION PODCAST SUBSCRIBERS IN 2 DAYS
A million people have subscribed to podcasts via Apple's iTunes. Well, a million subscriptions have been processed - chances are most people have subscribed to more than one podcast stream, so the actual number of unqiue users is probably quite a bit less than that.

As previously reported, podcasting is the broadcasting system where by punters sign up to receive regular programmes, which are delivered directly to a subscriber's iTunes library as MP3 files using a slightly enhanced RSS feed. Most of the podcasting content currently available is from the US, including the Apple proprietary content, which includes an audio version of their New Music Tuesday newsletter. The main UK podcast is a version of Virgin Radio's breakfast show, although that has all the music edited out, because quite how the royalty payments will be made on this kind of thing is anyone's guess.

As we may have mentioned, and certainly will be mentioned quite a lot in the next couple of months, CMU will soon launch an audioDaily service offering a free daily round up of music news type stuff as an MP3 download or podcast service (you choose which you use). We're doing test transmissions as we speak, and you can check it out at http://www.cmumusicnetwork. Let us know what you think. And if you want to use our podcasting expertise to distribute your content - well, you'll need to speak to the guys at UnLimited Digital then won't you - hello@unlimiteddigital.net.

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NEW SUGABABES ALBUM
Hurrah! Sugababes return. And that's not sarcasm, by the way, you cynical lot. I love Sugababes. Anyway, the girls are to release a fourth album on 10 Oct this year, preceded by a single release 'Push The Button' on 26 Sep.

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FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS NEW VIDEO
Oh, it just gets better. Well, it does for those of us who love Fun Lovin' Criminals. The video for 'Mi Corazon' starts appearing on TV today, but if you're not near a TV you can see it online at http://www.sanctuaryrecords.co.uk/media/video/flc_corazon_hi.wmv. The new album, 'Livin In The City', which has already had a fair amount of airplay in the CMU office, is released on 1 Aug.

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TIMBERLAKE MOVIE RELEASE DELAYED
'Alpha Dog', that movie about alleged killer Jesse James Hollywood starring Justin Timberlake, may have a delayed release because of legal issues. James Blatt, Jesse James Hollywood's lawyer, told a court in Santa Barbara that the release of 'Alpha Dog' might make it difficult for him to get a fair trial.

Blatt said the release of the film, in which Timberlake plays one of the Hollywood's sidekicks in a gang that kidnapped and tortured Californian youths, was timed to coincide with the start of the trial. The judge will give a ruling on the matter next week.

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JACK OSBOURNE CAN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING
Jack Osbourne is having trouble writing his autobiography, and not just because he's only 19 and barely anything's happened to him yet. The Sun reports that Jack is struggling to remember enough information. "I want to make the book as real as possible but I can hardly remember a thing," he said.

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CHURCH TO BECOME RADIO STAR, POSSIBLY
The Sun also reports that Charlotte Church may become a radio DJ after a recent appearance on Radio 1 when she co-presented a show with Jo Whiley. The tabloid says bosses were so impressed with her they instantly offered her a job. A Radio 1 'source' said: "She has a wicked sense of humour and a fantastic voice. They want to try her out with a one-off slot and see how it goes. The boss of daytime shows rang her up while she was on air and offered her a show there and then."

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LIAM GALLAGHER BANS KIDS FROM SWEARING
One now from the 'leading by example' file, with the news that Liam Gallagher has banned his children from swearing, and claims to go to church regularly. According to the Sun, the Oasis singer says he's "practically a fucking saint" and wants to teach good manners to his two kids. He said "I won't have my kids getting lippy. No swearing. I don't smack either. I give them a dropped eyebrow look and then they know."

Gallagher added: "I want to live until I'm 120 and be near me kids. I don't go out much now - I'm just loving my kids and eating healthy food. Life's mega."

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