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Joy of goth: how sad music can help your mental health

Headlines saying that young goths are at risk of depression is missing the point – that joining the goth tribe can be an incredibly positive influence

Dracula’s birthplace: how Whitby is celebrating the count’s anniversary

If you stand on the pavement outside the Royal Hotel on Whitby’s West Cliff and look out across the harbour town as the sun goes down, you can pretty much see, in their entirety, the early chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Turfed out by his landlady, an Irish hack went roaming around Whitby – and turned what he saw into a horror classic. On the 125th anniversary of Dracula’s birth in the Yorkshire town, our writer retraces Bram Stoker’s trail of gore

Jimmy Savile’s £4,000 headstone removed ‘to be used as landfill’

Four-foot-high memorial is ripped out in night-time operation after family ask for removal 'out of respect to public opinion'

Martin Carthy: ‘I’m not interested in heritage: this stuff is alive’

On the eve of his 70th birthday, the singer and guitarist Martin Carthy talks about tradition, family – and why subversion is at the heart of English folk music

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