Life and Style A ruling which banned Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

Album: Prefab Sprout, Let's Change the World with Music (Kitchenware)

The title of Prefab Sprout's first album in eight years embodies the kind of vaunting egotism one might expect from Bono, Sting or some other mononymic would-be saviour, and one's first instinct is to suppose it's ironically intended. But Paddy McAloon, while widely regarded as a songwriter of considerable sophistication, is not best known for an ironic worldview. Could this, then, be a straight-faced implication of the album's contents?

Is the Pirate Bay takeover sinking?

Controversy and the Pirate Bay have always gone together like peanut butter and jam, but now, quicker than you can utter "arrgh me hearties", the controversy seems to have spread to Global Gaming, the company aiming to become the Pirate Bay's new owner.

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Pirate Bay must quit Netherlands, orders court

A Dutch court has ruled that three men connected with The Pirate Bay website must block traffic between it and the Netherlands within 10 days.

BNP leader 'uses black teenager's murder for votes'

The British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, was last night accused of "sickening" exploitation of the memory of a murdered black teenager, Anthony Walker, who was killed in a Liverpool park.

Leading article: The Speaker's last stand

Anyone who did not think that the country was on the brink of a serious political crisis over the expenses scandal must surely realise that it is now. Whatever happens next, the scenes in the Commons yesterday afternoon proved that the current state of affairs is unsustainable. MPs packed the Chamber, expecting – from a torrent of apparently well-informed speculation – that the Speaker would announce his intention to leave office at the next election. Their belief was that this was the minimum Michael Martin could do to expiate their collective guilt.

Pirate Bay 'could soon be obsolete'

Peter Sunde, one of the founders and spokesperson for bitorrent tracker site, The Pirate Bay, is said to have found out that they had lost their court case in Sweden several hours before the official verdict was delivered thanks to information supposedly leaked by what is claimed to be a "trustworthy source".

Games Review: Ninja Blade

Xbox 360, Microsoft, £44.99

First Night: Madame de Sade, Wyndhams Theatre, London

A lovely-looking de Sade – alas for masochistic audiences only

Games Review: Deadly Creatures

Wii, THQ, £29.99

The Island at the End of the World, By Sam Taylor

That universal patriarch Noah has finally been rumbled. Children's versions of the Bible usually overlook the fact that this genial figure was also a drunkard sometimes capable of throwing off all his clothes, to the huge embarrassment of his family. But modern fiction goes further. Four years ago, Geraldine McCaughrean's Not the End of the World showed him as a cultist grimly enjoying the spectacle of the mass drowning around him as he and his family escape.

Windows 7 beta leaked on BitTorrent

The beta version of Microsoft's next-generation operating system has been linked on peer-to-peer network BitTorrent.

Teenager died playing in flood waters

A teenager died after getting trapped in flood waters which he and his friends were playing in, it emerged today.

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