London Lite Monday, 29 June 2009 reunions all too much for albarn as he sobs on stage blur have a bit of a blub Ross brands rival Norton not good enough Inbrief 20p coins that are worth 50 AN error by coin makers at the Royal Mint means some 20p pieces are worth 50. Tens of thousands of the coins made at the Welsh plant earlier this year do not have 2009 stamped on the heads side. The London Mint Office, a private firm, is offering 50 for each one. They are the first undated British coins for more than 300 years. rich buyers pull up house prices HOUSE prices in Londons most expensive areas have gone up again, causing the first quarterly rise in nearly two years. Figures today show a 1.7 per cent increase in areas including Chelsea, Mayfair and Belgravia this month, giving a total increase of 3.7 per cent since April. It is the first quarterly rise since September 2007, according to estate agency Knight Frank. thatcher home after op on arm BARONESS THATCHER returned home from hospital today more than two weeks after breaking her arm in a fall. The former Prime Minister, 83, waved at reporters and smiled on the doorstep of her central London home with her left arm apparently in a sling. She underwent surgery to have pins inserted into her shoulder after her break failed to heal properly. fertilityproblem for male cyclists MEN who regularly cycle long distances may be damaging their fertility, experts warned today. A study of healthy triathletes revealed a direct link between those who do intensive cycle training and poor sperm quality. Spanish researchers found that among men cycling in excess of 186 miles a week less than four per cent of their sperm was classed as normal. Scorn: Jonathan Ross THE EMOTIONS of the eagerly awaited Blur reunion got to Damon Albarn last night when he broke down on stage. Closing the final night of the Glastonbury festival, the singer held his head in his hands as he wept during the set. The newly reformed band were headlining the end of the annual festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset, having last topped the bill in 1998. They enthusiastically opened their performance on the Pyramid Stage with new single Shes So High, as frontman Albarn declared: It seems like theres been a really, really positive atmosphere here. But, only a few songs in, it all became too much for the 41-year- old, who sat down on the stage and sobbed. However, he soon recovered and finished a raucous set that included an appearance on stage from actor Phil Daniels to narrate on their chart hit Parklife. The four-day festival also saw headlining slots by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, whose set ended up costing organiser Michael Eavis 3,000. The Boss, who wowed the 137,000-strong crowd, ran nine minutes over time, landing Eavis with a council fine. But he said it was worth it and added: Its not a lot of money -- come on, the last nine minutes were absolutely spectacular. He did a hell of a show. What energy that chaps got! Its probably the best show hes done in his life. by GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Tear-away: Albarn on stage at Glastonbury yesterday. Inset: with Alex James LONdON EyE: PAGEs 8 & 9 GLAsTONbuRy REVIEW: PAGE 26 JONATHAN ROSS has taken a swipe at his BBC rival Graham Norton, saying his show is not good enough. Ross is reportedly unhappy that Nortons new chat show will go head-to-head with his own from the autumn. Speaking on his Radio 2 show on Saturday, Ross poured scorn on Nortons family series Totally Saturday, and moaned about the lack of talent at the BBC. He said he missed shows like The Two Ronnies, and added: Wheres that now? What have we got on TV over the weekend? We had Graham Nortons Totally Saturday. Well, thats not good enough. Poor Graham, I feel for him watching that show. It makes even that series John Barrowman was in look like a work of genius. Ross, 48, has a three-year contract with the BBC worth 18m, while Norton, 46, is the second highest on 7.4m over three years. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html