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Wreckage of the three-tonne Eurocopter has reportedly arrived at the AAIB base in Farnborough, Hampshire

Football: Keegan plots harmonious strike

European Championship: England's coach believes Shearer and Cole can succeed against Poland at Wembley

The column: Sorry state of affairs

Found guilty of wilful ignorance of dogs and the Scots, a contrite offers unreserved apologies to Scruffy (and Billy Connolly); That he hasn't expelled me from any performances only proves how much Connolly is suppressing

An orgy of sanctimonious celebs

ARE YOU feeling warm? Are you feeling caring? In this very special week, are you reflecting that, whether you're black or white, a famous celebrity or just an ordinary person, you are part of one great human family? As you watch your favourite personalities engage in a TV sketch and then, after an appropriate "but seriously though" moment, move on to some heartwrenching footage from the front-line of misery, will you smile through your tears, reach for your credit card, and feel better about yourself until next year's Comic Relief show hits the road?

Shape of Arts to Come: No 3: Comedy - Tommy Tiernan: I'm a comedian. I don't do gags

You want jokes? You've come to the wrong place. The crack-a-minute school of comedy is dead. By James Rampton

One city's slow move away from the tenement slums

ANN WALLACE'S life was transformed when the tenement she had lived in since childhood in Easterhouse was demolished and the family moved into a housing co-operative flat just a few yards away.

Viewers flock to stately film sets

THE NATION'S stately homes and historic houses are cashing in on the growth of period costume dramas on television and film to attract record numbers of visitors, according to tourism figures out today

FILM: RECORDED DELIVERY

In and Out (12), PolyGram, rental, 14 Aug

No mean feat for a Clydeside shipfitter

THE NEW Scottish Office minister, media mogul Gus Macdonald, began his working life at 14 as an apprentice marine fitter in the dying Clyde shipyards. His works "gang" included Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, Jimmy Reid, former union leader, and the comedian Billy Connolly.

Big Yin in alliance with auld enemy

SCOTTISH comedian Billy Connolly, famous for his dislike of the Scottish press, has joined forces with Scotland's Daily Record and Chrysalis Radio to bid for Scotland's largest radio licence, writes Paul McCann, Media Editor.

Pop music: Andy Gill's round-up

PULP This Is Hardcore (Island CID 8066)

FILM: AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Neighbours, Home and Away, Prisoner: Cell Block H... while the small screen legacy from Down Under remains questionable (the sepia-tinted, tank-topped soap The Sullivans still stands alone in downright dullness), Australia's cinema goes from strength to strength. In recent years The Piano, Muriel's Wedding, Shine and Love and Other Catastrophes have all proved the breadth and imagination of Antipodean film-making, so this week why not go walkabout through some of the country's latest releases at the Fourth Australian Film Festival?

Monty's Bafta glory leaves Rowan without a bean

THE highest grossing British film, The Full Monty, has swept the board in the nominations for the 50th British Academy Film awards it was announced last night.

Film books: Scaramanga Smilla and Shakesqueer

Who reads reviews, huh? snarled Bruce Willis when The Fifth Element was panned. Indeed, and who wants bulky collections of them distorting their Christmas stockings? Or screenplays of minority art-house films? Or heavyweight academic essays? But Biba Kopf, in a combative introductory essay to Time Out's bulbous Film Guide 1998 (ed John Pym, Penguin pounds 13.99), gives Willis short shrift: "Well, in case you're having trouble reading this, Brucie, get one of your lackeys to spell it out to you slowly: stupidity is not smart, and ignorance surely isn't bliss." Time Out's tome is well worth keeping by your video recorder. Each year's new reviews (650 for this edition) are added to a database stretching back to the magazine's foundation in 1968. With a cut-off point somewhere in October this year, this sixth edition squeezes in Nil by Mouth, but not Wilde, The Full Monty or Career Girls. The newest reviews are authoritative, judicious, closely argued and succinct; alas, it seems TO critics are no longer as eccentric, passionate, off-beam and funny as they once were.

Interview: Kerry Fox: Fox's shock therapy

Blessed with a chameleon-like ability to transform herself, actress Kerry Fox has never shied away from demanding roles. In her latest film, `Welcome to Sarajevo', she plays an innocent TV producer who is gradually broken by war

Interview: Eddie the irresistible

INTERVIEW: Eddie Izzard
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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

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