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Leading article: Oaths of allegiance

Losing your rag seems to be the order of the week. There have been reports of Susan Boyle, the star of Britain's Got Talent, launching four-lettered tirades in her London hotel. And the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, showed a bit of the fire that had been lacking from his team in the Champions League final when he dismissed a journalist's "bloody stupid question" in the post-match press conference in Rome.

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Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said she would like to age like Joan Rivers.

Demi Moore to attend Britain's Got Talent final

Demi Moore is planning on making an appearance at the final of Britain's Got Talent.

Struggling ITV clears schedules for talent show

Britain's Got Talent grabs 50 per cent of Saturday peak-time viewing audience

TV dead? Far from it, we're keeping all the others alive

Melvyn Bragg is off and 600 staff are being sacked but ITV will survive, says its commercial chief Rupert Howell

Mark Steel: It's almost heartbreaking &ndash; these people are so clueless

You can imagine Ed Balls crying out: &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s get Harriet on Britain&rsquo;s Got Talent

Editor-At-Large: Our bitching and bullying is a form of class warfare

As a nation we pride ourselves on our individuality – so why do we bully anyone who dares to be different? Tom Daley is a young hero – at 14, the youngest person representing his country during the Beijing Olympics last year. Competing against divers twice his age, the bubbly, enthusiastic young man came a creditable seventh, returning home to a rapturous reception. All Tom had to do (you might think) is be disciplined enough to maintain a rigorous training regime and he's more or less a shoo-in for a medal in the 2012 Olympics. Oh, if only life in modern Britain was that simple – not that getting up before dawn and spending 30 hours a week, on top of schoolwork, diving into a pool is a piece of cake. It's a tough choice for a teenager with plenty of other, more fun ways of spending his time.

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