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Some bands are too trendy for their own good.

Totnes electro-pop fourpiece Metronomy are certainly flavour of the month at the moment, as evidenced by a sold-out Trinity crowd.

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These days, Van “The Man” Morrison’s reputation precedes him – gruff, cantankerous and unlikely to indulge in banter between songs.

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Major music scenes pretty much follow the same pattern – a few big names at the top above a sea of chancers and imitators.

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For anyone who watched TV in the 1980s, the idea that Les Dennis would one day be a critically acclaimed actor would have been frankly ludicrous.

This was the guy who played second fiddle to the dreadful Russ Abbott and trotted out ropey light entertainment on the ironically titled Les Dennis Laughter Show.

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It’s a brave theatre company that takes on Metamorphoses , the 2,000-year-old masterpiece of Roman literature.

Doubly so when the performance is staged by a group as young as the students and graduates of Bristol’s own Hecate Theatre.

So it’s a tribute to their burgeoning talent that their interpretation, Fables from Ovid, is so entertaining.

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You can be the greatest performer in the world, but if the atmosphere on the night isn’t right a gig can still fall flat.

Sarabeth Tucek’s intimate gig at the Thekla was by no means a disaster but there was definitely something missing.  Mainly an audience.

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Sam Baker was travelling through Peru in 1986 when a terrorist bomb blew up the train he was on. Several passengers died including the German boy he was sitting next to, and Baker suffered brain damage, gangrene, renal failure, a mangled left-hand and shrapnel in his leg.

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