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The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Tribal Wives, BBC2<br/>Dickens' Secret Lover, Channel 4<br/>Money Programme Special &ndash; Bill Gates: How a Geek Changed the World, BBC2

A workaholic with a traumatic childhood searches for answers among a remote tribe in Panama

Paperback: Microtrends, by Mark J Penn with E Kinney Zalesne

Mark J Penn has advised Hillary and Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Tony Blair on the way the world is heading. Now he sees potential for a McDonald's of tattoos. With "standardised brand, safety assurances and national advertising", it "could double the market overnight". Doubtless to the horror of all parents of teenagers, Penn has the figures to back his hunch. In three years, the number of tattooed Americans has risen from 20 million to 30 million. Equally perplexing for some of us, the number of American adults who sleep less than six hours a night has crept up from 12 per cent in 1998 to 16 per cent in 2005. Penn specialises in the counter-intuitive. Though American women are on average 25 pounds heavier than they were 40 years ago, there has never been such demand for "petite" sizes (for women under 5ft 4in). Women are living longer, hence they are growing shorter, and new US immigrants, mostly Asian and Latino, are 2-3 inches shorter than the average American woman. A microtrend that involves 1 per cent of the population may seem insignificant, but Penn says we should be in no doubt about the potential power of such numbers. If al-Qa'ida persuaded 1 per cent of Muslims to join, it would have 10 million members. Marketers will read this book and politicians ought to.

Bono urges renewed focus on world poverty

The anti-poverty campaigner and rock star Bono has told participants at the World Economic Forum of his disappointment at the lack of commitment to the Millennium Development Goals of driving down poverty in Africa and raising partnership aid to $50bn (£25bn) per annum by 2010.

Davos: Wealth, power and a sprinkling of stardust

The World Economic Forum gathers in a small town in Switzerland tomorrow. Who will be there, and what's at stake? By Sean O'Grady

A mission to stop the spam army

With America braced for a weekend of computer mayhem, Clayton Hirst meets Bill Gates's commander-in-chief in the battle against junk emails

Charles Arthur On technology

'Windows wasn't designed with security - or, indeed, the internet - in mind. Its innards predate that use significantly'

The Truth about Markets by John Kay

Economics made easy - from Enron to Madonna

The Truth about Markets by John Kay

Economics made easy - from Enron to Madonna

Reverting to type?

Danny Bradbury asks if pen and screen will ever replace the keyboard

Flan Widdecombe

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links