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Behold: The Rubik’s Cheese Cube!

If you’re like me and probably have never finished a <i>real</i> Rubik’s cube, completing this cheesy-take on the original will be rewarding to no end. Well, that is until you eat it. Feast your eyes on the easiest and cheesiest Rubik’s cube you’ll ever finish… especially once it’s in your belly.<p>Below …

'Xscape' First Listen - the latest Michael Jackson album from beyond the grave adds nothing to his legacy, says NME's Ben Hewitt: http://nmem.ag/wERPM

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Metallica: five songs to rock Glastonbury

As Metallica prepare to headline Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, Neil McCormick suggests the must-have tracks for their setlist<p><b>5. Seek & Destroy (from Kill 'Em All, 1983)</b><p>A statement of intent from the time when Metallica just wanted to play faster, louder and tougher than everyone else. It’s a …

Rock Music

The playlist: indie

Here's some of best alt-rock around, from the sloth-like Oliver Wilde to The Antlers' hotel-soundtracking spectacle<p>Oliver Wilde - On This Morning<p>Oliver Wilde, not to be mistaken with Olivia Wilde, the feline faced former-vegan Hollywood actress, released his second album Red Tide Opal in the Loose …

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like, by Todd Snider: review

Country music star Todd Snider's memoir, I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like, is an entertaining read<p>You know when a book has a chapter called Jerry Jeff Walker's Balls that you're in for something a bit different. The chapter, in country singer <b>Todd Snider's</b> memoir I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like, …

Books

Lily Allen, Sheezus, review: 'butter wouldn’t melt'

British pop's wittiest star delivers more laugh-out-loud tracks on her latest album, says Neil McCormick<p>The title track of Lily Allen’s third album is an outrageous delight. Her cheekily sacrilegious proclamation that “Second best will never cut it for the divas / Give me the crown, bitch, I wanna …

Music

Benedict Cumberbatch to appear at Hay Festival

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and comedian Lee Mack are among the new acts announced for the 2014 Hay Festival<p>Benedict Cumberbatch, the award-winning star of Sherlock, is one of the new names announced for the 2014 <b>Hay Festival</b> line up.<p>The actor, who appeared in the film 12 Years a Slave and …

Albert Einstein

Memo on … Europe – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Dear minister of state for Europe,<p>Congratulations. Or should I say felicitations, gratulation, felicitaciones or complimenti?<p>Welcome to one of the …

Comment: Children's lives at risk in Grayling's new prison

<b>By Paola Uccellari</b><p>The plans for a huge child prison in the government's criminal justice and courts bill represent a failure to learn lessons about …

Axelrod for our own back – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

<b>Why are we making promotional videos about our advisers, asks Matt Forde</b><p>I feel so bad for saying this, but I can’t believe we put out a video …

Michelle Obama's #BringBackOurGirls Message Will Remind You Of Drone Horror

First Lady Michelle Obama backed efforts to rescue more than 270 teenage girls who had been abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group last month, …

NHS chiefs face backlash over gay marriage lobbying

Religious groups attack Scotland's health boards after they call for teachers and pupils to be given less leeway to opt out of sex education lessons that include gay marriage.<p>Scotland’s health boards are facing an angry backlash from religious groups after lobbying ministers to water down …

LGBTQI

Ed Balls will accept charge for failing to stop after car accident

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, has said he will accept a charge for failing to stop at the scene of a car accident without informing the owner.<p>In a post on his blog, the senior Labour politician said he will not fight prosecution and expects to accept points on his licence after bumping into a …

Gardeners right to be angry about extra wheelie bin charges, says David Cameron

Householders are right to be angry that councils charge them extra to take away their garden waste, David Cameron has said.<p>Householders are right to be angry that councils charge them extra to take away their garden waste, David Cameron has said.<p>A third of councils in England are now charging …

Ed Miliband is peddling the politics of resentment

The Labour leader may well regret embracing Thomas Piketty's theories of inequality<p>Listening to the <i>Today</i> programme yesterday, I heard a rousing song belted out by the people of North Korea. “Let us protect to our deaths the brain centre of our Revolution,” they sang. They clearly appreciate the …