The Feral Beast: Be quick to catch a fake sheikh

If you want to know what Mazher Mahmood looks like, have a peek at the newly published paperback edition of
News of the world? Fake Sheikhs & Royal Trappings, by Peter Burden. The book contains a picture of the
NoW's rarely photographed undercover reporter, arriving at Prince Michael of Kent's house, Nether Lypiatt, in the guise of a potential purchaser. But hurry, hurry. Last time anyone tried to print an image of his face, an injunction was swiftly applied.

Blood on the studio carpet?

Last week's edition of Channel 4's Surgery Live showed an operation drilling up through the nose to the base of the brain. Just before it went on air, presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy told the audience: "I'm amazed by the lack of blood. I suffer from nose bleeds terribly and it bleeds like a fountain." He ploughed on, ever the professional, despite expecting his own, empathetic explosion. He kept checking his nose, muttering, "I keep thinking it's going to bleed. It must be psychosomatic".

It's all Wright on the radio

BBC political reporter Ben Wright was detailed by Radio 4's The World At One on Friday to investigate the fat pay-offs MPs will get if they leave Parliament at the general election. Wright looked at two Tory MPs and two Labour, but he could have done his research more easily. His father is Tony Wright, Labour MP for Cannock Chase, who is himself standing down at the election.

The incredible shrinking net-mag

Trouble at The First Post. The online magazine, which was acquired by Felix Dennis last year, has lost a little of its lustre. I'm told that the struggling publication, which boasts a list of grandee writers, such Niall Ferguson and Peregrine Worsthorne, and which was well known for its generous fees, has just let go another two members of staff. One former writer said: "When it was sold, there were loads of us, when I left it was six. Heaven knows how few there are now." Who said the internet was the future?

Mystery mother's MP ambition

Julie Kirkbride's article in The Times last week, in which she played the childcare card to no notable effect, contained an intriguing reference. She mentioned a conversation with a woman journalist thinking of entering Parliament. Evidently she was worried about the effect it might have on her children. Julie assured her it was possible to be an MP and a good mother. But who was it? No one knows, but a degree of speculation surrounds The Times's Alice Thomson.

Book festival makes Hay

At the Hay book fest, which ends today, each Guardian journo is given £20 a day for food and provisions. Per person, that sounds a lot. They then got there, and, as Matthew Engel noted sharply in his talk, prices are hefty. Bottles of water are £2.50 and a pint of beer £6. Quite a few of them ended up paying out of their own pockets.

News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Extras
indybest
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Travel
Dinosaurs Unleashed at the Eden Project
travel
Arts and Entertainment
music
Sport
football
Life and Style
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale
techDespite a host of other online auction sites and fierce competition from Amazon, eBay is still the most popular e-commerce site in the UK
News
i100
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Legal Recruitment Consultant

Highly Competitive Salary + Commission: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL BASED - DEALING ...

Digital Project Manager / Web Project Manager

£45-50k (DOE) + Bonus & Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced ...

Account Manager

£30 - 35k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Account Manager to join ...

Social Advertising Manager / Social Media Manager

£Excellent + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Social Advertising Manager / Social Med...

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home