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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Festival goes back to School
The boom in 1980s-style club nights has led to a one-day festival in London for pop fans to relive their memories.

About 40,000 clubbers are expected to descend on Clapham Common on 13 July to wallow in the sounds of the decade at School Fields.

On the bill will be former chart stars The Human League, ABC, Modern Romance and Kajagoogoo frontman Limahl.

The night is a spin-off from the School Disco club nights, which have been a huge hit in London, with 20 and 30-something fans dusting down their school uniforms for a night out.

The mini-festival will be hosted by Madness star Suggs, who now fronts Channel 5's karaoke show Night Fever.

Other guests will include Geoffrey, George, Zippy & Bungle, from Rainbow, as well as Sooty & Sweep.

Rivers in 'bad taste' storm

Comedy performer Joan Rivers has defended herself after mocking the relatives of firefighters killed in the 11 September attack on New York.

The 68-year-old, who herself lost 11 friends when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, cracked the jokes during performances of her stand-up show Broke and Alone at a performance in the West End of London.

One audience member said: "She said that they had got paid five million dollars each and how disappointed they'd be if they were told, after all, that their husbands had been found alive."

A spokeswoman for Rivers said: "That's Joan for you. She's close to the bone, edgy and racy and she makes no apologies for that. As far as I could tell the joke went down a storm with the audience.

"She will go on cracking it until the audiences stop laughing. She could certainly teach a lot of stand-up comics in this country about comedy."

Bjork expecting baby

Icelandic singer Bjork is five months pregnant, reports her London management company.

The former singer of The Sugarcubes, who has had a string of solo hits, is expected to give birth in September.

The father is her boyfriend Matthew Barney, best known in the US as a sculptor and film maker.

Two years ago Bjork won best actress at the prestigious Cannes film festival for her part in Dancer in the Dark.

Western director becomes Rome landmark

The late film director Sergio Leone, known for making some of the most famous spaghetti westerns, has had a square in his native Rome named after him.

Leone, who died in 1989, directed classics including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dollars.

The ceremony, held by Rome mayor Walter Veltroni, was attended by Ennio Morricone, who composed the scores for many of his films, as well as some of Leone's close friends.

His widow, Carla, said her husband would have been "a bit embarrassed because he was very shy".

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