Her own boss, 13 June 2004: On the eve of the release of her second album, Patti Scialfa talks about her heritage and what it is like to live and raise children with Bruce Springsteen.

Patti Scialfa, 23rd Street Lullaby, 23 May, 2004: ‘I never intended to become a background singer. It was something that came up,’ she once said. But between singing on husband Bruce Springsteen’s records and raising three children, this is only Patti Scialfa’s second solo effort.

My three failed marriages…, 17 August, 2003: Arranged matchmaking can work, but a series of disasters has left one young Asian woman determined to find her own fate.

The Boss class, 25 May 2003: Tomorrow night Bruce Springsteen plays Crystal Palace National Sports Stadium. Like thousands of other fans I will be there, but unlike lots of fans I am going to start queuing this afternoon to ensure a front-row position.

Brief encounter with the king of steam, 29 April, 2001: A girlhood dream comes true for award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson as she drives one of the world’s greatest steam engines. Additional reporting by Herpreet Kaur Grewal.

Fallout of a royal farce, 8 April, 2001: The countess’s unguarded remarks have dented the reputation of the royals even further but there was one unexpected victim – the tabloid paper that set her up. Ben Summerskill reports. Additional research by Herpreet Kaur Grewal.