Arts and Entertainment Alesha Dixon and fellow Britain's Got Talent judges Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is pregnant with her first child.

Britain's Got Talent final turn into the eggs factor: 13m watch shell-shocked as Simon Cowell is pelted by protester

More than 13 million people watched the Britain's Got Talent live final on Saturday night, which saw Simon Cowell get pelted with eggs by a suspected former reject, ITV said today.

Veteran television broadcaster David Dimbleby

'Charming dinosaur' David Dimbleby calls for cultural shift at BBC over age discrimination of women

TV veteran David Dimbleby has criticised the BBC and other broadcasters for demeaning older women.

'One Pound Fish Man' set to enter the slippery business of Pakistan electoral politics

Muhammad Shahid Nazir, famous for his catchy ode to cut-price fish, is to compose an election song for the country's main opposition party - the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) of Nawaz Sharif

Pudsey: Anyone who can convince Simon Cowell that they’re the most talented mammal in Britain is a very good doggy indeed.

No animal magic in this year's Britain's Got Talent

There has not been much animal magic in this year's Britain's Got Talent after a string of pet performers failed to live up to the success of last year's winners - dog trick act Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Hit it off: David Walliams with Simon Cowell

David Williams teases boss Simon Cowell about his age

Comedian David Walliams could not resist ribbing show boss Simon Cowell at the latest Britain's Got Talent audition - teasing that he looked as though he has had some "work done".

Gary Barlow honoured with Music Industry Trust Award

The Prince of Wales paid tribute to Gary Barlow as the Take That frontman was honoured at a prestigious music industry bash.

Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler said today she felt 'overwhelmed' by support from the public after she and her dog Pudsey triumphed in the live final of the competition

Cowell to create X Factor for performing pets

Simon Cowell is going to the dogs - with a TV show for performing pets.

From Pasty Tax to Bubbly Tax: After a strange week in the news it wouldn't be at all surprising if readers fell for this Daily Mail effort. It claims: 'The Government is planning to mitigate the damage caused by adding VAT to pasties by introducing a new ‘green’ tax on chilled champagne.' - and quotes, amongst others 'Frank Beers', MP for Theakston South...

Were you fooled? The best of the April Fools' Day jokes

The newspapers have outdone themselves with an eclectic collection of April Fools' Day japes, but were you taken in?

Emeli Sandé, Koko, London (4/5)

Before the major record companies snapped up Emeli Sandé she projected a girlie look with luscious, long curls.

Young, gifted and black – and ignored

Why is the record industry failing to nurture more urban female singing talent? Matilda Egere-Cooper blames stereotyping

Big names 'paws' for thought

Tracey Emin, John Barrowman, Dame Vera Lynn and Ronnie Corbett are just some of the big names 'lending a paw' to raise money for the Cats Protection feline welfare charity.

Susie Mesure: Who said the sisterhood was dead? The BBC

With some cosmetic help, ageism is alive and well at the Beeb

Business Diary: Rogers slams Ben's pawn shop

It doesn't look as if Jim Rogers, the investment guru who famously moved to Singapore after deciding Asia offered more opportunities than the West, plans on changing his bearish outlook for the US any time soon. "We have [Ben] Bernanke, who is running the Federal Reserve, who does not know what he is doing," he complains. "The man is taking $400bn on to the Federal Reserve balance sheets – of dicey loans, bad debt. I mean he is turning the Federal Reserve into a pawn shop." An enraged Rogers concludes: "Some day somebody has to pay for this and you know who this somebody is – my little girl, you, me." Get that man a blood pressure tablet.

Poor treatment is the BBC way, says Sissons

Veteran newsreader Peter Sissons waded into the BBC sexism row today by claiming the corporation treats men just as badly as older women.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project