David Cameron meets war heroes

Prime Minister David Cameron met heroes of the Battle of Britain at the start of a week of commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the RAF's historic struggle with Germany's Luftwaffe.

The event in central London was Mr Cameron's first public engagement since the death of his father Ian.

He told the veterans and their wives that his father, who was born with stunted legs, had always been proud of meeting flying ace Douglas Bader, who lost his legs in an air accident and encouraged him to make the most of his life despite his disability.



GAGA'S BEEF OUTFIT

Lady Gaga caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards when she took to the stage in a matching dress, boots, hat and purse - that appeared to be made of cuts of raw beef.

The Poker Face singer, 24, dominated the bash with eight awards - matching A-ha's record for the second highest number of wins in one night in the history of the event.

Tears ran down Lady Gaga's face after Cher presented the US singer with the most coveted award of the ceremony, Video Of The Year for Bad Romance.



FRY MEMOIR

Stephen Fry's latest memoir has been published simultaneously in hardback, as an eBook and an iPhone app.

The Fry Chronicles follows the life of the comic, known for his love of technology, from his time at university to his first steps into the world of stage and screen.

Publisher Louise Moore described the move as "innovative and groundbreaking". The hardback is priced at £20, the eBook is £12.99 and the app - dubbed myFry - is £7.99.



PLAN B

Sir Elton John is to team up with chart-topping star Plan B at this year's Electric Proms, it was announced.

The music veteran will also perform with hotly-tipped singer Rumer, as well as old pal Leon Russell, at the show at London's Roundhouse on October 28.

The annual series of concerts is renowned for its innovative collaborations. Sir Elton's appearance is the first name to be unveiled on this year's bill. This year the concerts are to be broadcast live only on Radio 2.



X FACTOR VICTORY WALTZ

Ann Widdecombe's dance debut could not compete with the X Factor, with the ITV1 show pulling in almost four million more viewers.

The Saturday night programmes did not run against each other, with Strictly Come Dancing finishing at 7.25pm - 20 minutes before X Factor started.

But the average viewing figures will make uncomfortable reading for BBC bosses, with 7.1 million tuning in to the ballroom show's opening night, while ITV1's talent search pulled in 10.8 million.



FLOOD WARNING

Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan warned that the flooding in his country could have a greater impact that the Indian Ocean tsunami.

More than 200,000 people died when the huge wave devastated large swathes of the coastline of Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries in 2004.

The flooding, which has laid waste to a vast area of Pakistan, has so far killed more than 2,000 people. But Khan said the knock-on affects could devastate the country for years to come.



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