Arts and Entertainment Matthew Wright and Joey Essex during the Bushtucker Trial

Chat show host Matthew Wright ended up empty-handed despite forcing down a five-course meal of jungle critters and exotic animals in tonight's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.

Historical Notes: The `lazy root' that everyone laughs at

WHENEVER PEOPLE hear that I've written a book on the potato, they smile. At first, they have trouble imagining the potato as having influenced much of anything, let alone Western social history.

Leading Article: Hail the creators, not their countries

ONCE AGAIN, as the Oscars are handed out in Los Angeles, many in this country are hailing "British" triumphs. We are delighted to see the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Tom Stoppard, Marc Norman and Stephen Warbeck collect the golden statuettes, and the plaudits of their peers. But to celebrate their triumph as a "British" success, somehow reflecting glory on the rest of us non-thespians, seems rather to miss the point. They are honoured not because they are representative of a nation, but precisely because they transcend most people's less artistic lives.

Arab is new Miss Israel

RANA RASLAN, 21, from Haifa, has become the first Arab in Israel to be crowned Miss Israel. "It doesn't matter to me if I'm Arab or Jewish, we are all human," she said afterwards.

More wardrobe than Ikea

Since 1972, the Alternative Miss World has mocked the original pageant, while celebrating the brave, the bizarre and the beautiful. It's an extravaganza of style, sex and cheap sensation. And Judith Palmer took part

Miss World is a lesson in travel (honest)

WHAT MORE fascinating introduction to the delights of global travel could there be than a Miss World pageant?

Miss World: swimsuits but no sexism

THEY SAID there would be no swimsuits. This was going to be the new, cool, post-modern Miss World. No swimsuits and stilettos! They were so yesteryear, so old beauty pageant, so sexist. And Miss World was anything but sexist. Obviously. Just listen to the show's producer: "Swimsuits on stage, now that was always really offensive. That smacked of cattle market - or even worse, some awful 1950s seaside beauty contest."

Welcome back, Miss World

How long ago it all seems, those rhetorical battles about what was meant by `beauty'

The Sketch: Hague gets a sharp lesson in trading business cards

THERE WAS a time when the question "Is the director general of the CBI a Tory?" could have been used as one of those sarcastic paraphrases for "Yes", along the lines of similar questions about the religious affiliations of the Pope or the lavatory habits of bears. But you can't rely on anything these days - bears, it seems, may be rethinking their long fidelity to al-fresco evacuation.

Muslim queen regains crown

THE ETHNIC cleansing of a beauty pageant in Croatia appears to have been reversed rather more successfully than the population movements of the 1994-1995 war in neighbouring Bosnia.

The ultimate make-over

The losers, in reverse order: feminism, political correctness and good taste. The quest to find `the world's most beautiful woman' is back on TV in a prime-time terrestrial assault

There's more to Miss America than meets the eye

EVERYBODY knows beauty pageants are about sex, but Kate Shindle, who until last night was the reigning Miss America, has given that a twist. She spent her year in office talking about safe sex, shocking some former incumbents but giving the title a radical new look that has won her plaudits across the US.

Obituary: Persis Khambatta

PERSIS KHAMBATTA, the former Miss India and international model, created cinematic history by appearing in 1979 as the first bald film heroine, in Star Trek: the Motion Picture, the hugely successful Hollywood science fiction film.

It's a whitewash

PETER YORK ON ADS: No 231; PERSIL TABLETS

What to say when those results arrive

It's time parents and pupils examined their understanding of success and failure, reports Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer

The woman who made country & western sexy

Nashville's big noises made her change her name and sing borrowed tunes, but Shania Twain found her own route to the top.
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

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Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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