Arts and Entertainment It began here: Oliver Stone's series gives an account of US foreign policy since 1945

Unsure of global politics since the war? Don't worry, Oliver Stone has it all sewn up

A mystery, like the rest of us: He wanted to do the right thing. He wanted to be a husband. Ian Jack on the Stephen Milligan he knew

I DID not know Stephen Milligan very well. On the other hand, judging from the reports of the past week, I seem to have known him as well as most people who have been called on to judge his character, and perhaps better than some of them. We were colleagues on the same newspaper, and he was my immediate boss. I think we quite liked each other. I went to his house and he came to mine, the first more frequently than the last. He was more attentive to his friendships, I think; we met several times, at his suggestion, even when we were no longer colleagues and had little in common outside shared memories. He sent Christmas cards with a message as well as a signature. I never bothered to return the thought.

The Death of an MP: Politics 'disappointed Milligan': Friends and constituents baffled by tragedy - Security risk denied

FRIENDS OF Stephen Milligan yesterday painted a picture of a kind, caring man who was deeply committed to liberal Conservatism, but who was also lonely and disillusioned with politics.

Garlic confirmed as heart protector

SCIENTISTS may have come a step further in unravelling the reasons why the 'Mediterranean diet', high in fresh fruit and vegetables and wine but low in dairy fats, protects against heart disease.

Stormy editor leaves 'Sun' and reaches for the Sky

BRITAIN'S best-selling daily newspaper, the Sun, had a change of editor yesterday. The departing editor is Kelvin MacKenzie, a ferocious figure who has been the subject of more legends - most outrageous and some hilarious - than any living journalist.

Letter: Absent editor

Sir: Not for the first time, your diarist publishes fiction about me dressed up as fact. You report that I castigated the staff of the Sunday Times for being 'out-scooped' by the Observer at my regular Tuesday morning editorial conference this week. Apparently my blast reached 'the darkest corners of Wapping'.

Major rallies support - for a time: Record ovation cannot hide party divisions

JOHN MAJOR raised an easy laugh from the Tory faithful last Friday with a jibe that the party had had two conferences for the price of one in Blackpool: the one they were attending and the one they read about in the newspapers. But as Tory representatives streamed away from the gothic Winter Gardens an uncomfortable question emerged: which was the real one?

Paper that sells smut with a smirk: The 'News of the World' is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Michael Leapman reports

STAFFORD SOMERFIELD, editor of the News of the World in the Sixties, called it 'as British as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding'. To show that nothing much changes, Pat Chapman, under whose editorship the paper celebrates its 150th anniversary tomorrow dubs it 'as British as Sunday lunch'.

Letter: An editor without 'fear or favour'

Sir: Your diarist (1 July) implies that because I broadcast on LBC and because Shirley Porter is now chairman of LBC, the Sunday Times will permit nothing 'too derogatory' to be published about her. It is an insulting implication with no basis in fact.

Andrew Neil sued

(First Edition)

Media: Talk of the Trade: Insight anniversary

'WHO'S that one with the white hair?' was the most common question at last weekend's party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sunday Times Insight feature. It could have referred to scores of the 150 or so guests, some of whom had not seen each other since working for Insight many years previously. Andrew Neil, the paper's editor, had given pounds 1,000 towards the bash but did not attend, while Harry Evans, one of his predecessors, sent a jokey greeting from New York. Under Mr Evans, Insight became well known for major investigations, but Clive Irving and Ron Hall, two of the original 1963 team, recalled that it began - under Mr Evans's predecessor, Denis Hamilton - as a tame digest of innovations in the arts and sciences. The investigations began later, almost by accident, with Mr Hall's dissection of the Profumo scandal.

You're a right royal spoiler

TODAY I bring you an unabridged police thriller that is guaranteed to get your red corpuscles racing this Monday morning, because YOU are the hero] And at every important turn, YOU have to choose the right option before the story can carry on. You'll get the idea immediately, as we tell the story of:

Reactions to the Calcutt Report

The issue is not about newspapers printing lies. It is about stopping us from printing the truth about the high and mighty. It is aimed at stopping us from telling the truth about issues like David Mellor's free holidays, Coal Board bosses getting new cars only days after sacking 31,000 miners, and Norman Lamont not paying his Access bill - the 'Sun'

No room at the inn for Neil

A survey of British hoteliers voted the singer, Madonna, and the editor of the Sunday Times, Andrew Neil, as the guests they would least like to stay in their hotels.

A diplomacy lesson from Basil Fawlty

POOR OLD Queen. I want her to pay taxes and to shed some of her hangers- on, but I don't want her to have to go traipsing round Germany being pelted with eggs. Whose wizard wheeze was it? My knowledge of foreign affairs is pretty rudimentary but even I could have foretold that some of the citizens of Dresden might not feel entirely well disposed towards the British monarch, especially after her Mum had just unveiled a statue to Bomber Harris.

TELEVISION / Ross toes the line

MADONNA's interviews are not so much interesting for what she says as for what her interviewers say. Most television presenters have adapted to fame in the way that Eskimos' eyes have adapted to snowfields; in general they don't find the glare troubling. But Madonna, as Jonathan Ross conceded, has magnified her own celebrity to dazzling levels; where the average film actress is a light bulb, she is the Eddystone lighthouse. 'She is,' as Ross said pointedly, 'the Napoleon of hype, the Attila the Hun of self-promotion'.
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

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The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

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Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Education: LGBT History Month

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

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How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

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