What the stars say for McCain and Obama

Forget opinion polls – the result is written in the stars. The author of Political Astrology, Michael O'Reilly, explains: "A major outer planet opposition between traditional, security-oriented Saturn and progressive, revolutionary Uranus takes place on Election Day, and promises to bring historical shifts in the socio-economic landscape."

Situation vacant: Girl, 3, wanted for role of living goddess. Must offer blessings

Nepal's astrologers are reviewing horoscopes to find the replacement for the current goddess, who is 11.

The end of an odyssey - Homer's epic is finally pinned down

For years, debate has raged over Homer's epic. Now research on astronomical detail in the story of Odysseus dates its dramatic climax to one particular day...

Euro 2008: who will you be shouting for?

Euro 2008 is but a week away, and it will start without England, Scotland, Wales or any team from Ireland. In their absence, who should you support? If you've made up your mind already – maybe as a Manchester United fan who's decided to support Portugal because of Ronaldo, for example – then great, you won't need this diagnostic test (and good luck cheering Cristiano in Real Madrid's colours some time soon). But if you're genuinely stuck, then get yourself a pen, and a coin to toss for some of the 'just can't decide' options that follow, and find yourself a team. There are seven parts to the test, with 10 to 25 points available per section (for a total of 100), to be given to one nation or divided between several. Add up your scores at the end to see which team you'll be cheering.

The game plan from out of this world: Zodiac signs help Domenech spot his shooting stars

Scorpios and Leos will not be over the moon as the French national coach admits astrology plays a part in his squad selection. Glenn Moore reports

Paperbacks: Hellfire and Herring, by Christopher Rush

From the lubricious ranting of a preacher ("Copulation is friction of the member") to the bunches of fish "dangling like dumb silver bells from my grandfather's finger", Rush recalls his Forties childhood on the east coast of Scotland in language that is fresh, lively and resonant. It was a place "crawling with weirdoes" – literally so, in the case of one Bowfter Sandy, who would "get down on all fours biting people's ankles" – where supernatural perceptions were as much a part of everyday existence as constellations, darned socks and sea urchins. This book is tinged with a dark, chilly magic.

Paperback: My Tango with Barbara Strozzi, By Russell Hoban

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Poppy Folly: Your stars, baby. Read them and weep

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Belle star

Francoise Hardy was the queen of Sixties French chic, with fans including Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and David Bowie. In a rare interview, she looks back with James McNair

Impossible result achieved by amazing effort says Vaughan

There were two results possible when play started at the Wanderers yesterday and neither involved an England victory. This demonstrates that predicting what Michael Vaughan's team can do is in the same category as pitch reading and astrology as a science.

A light to guide us

Centuries after the star of Bethlehem appeared, the mystery of another bright light in the heavens still puzzles astronomers

Joyce Jillson

Astrologer to the Reagans

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Die Zauberflote, Royal Opera House, London

Shedding light on Mozart

Stars and Planets: February

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Evolution of swimwear

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine