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.

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain