Arts and Entertainment Celebrity Big Brother 2014: Retired boxer Evander Holyfield

The former boxer said being gay was not normal and could be fixed

Football crazy, football mad

When Film Night (C4, Tues) kicked off a few weeks ago, it touted the novelty of a twin-presenter format, designed to allow for informal but informative repartee on the splendidly curvaceous sofa. The novelty has now worn off and the repartee has been seen for what it really is: stilted, botched, and wrong-headed. For this week's relaunch, one of the presenters has been ruthlessly rationalised, along with the weekly two- minute mimetic essay on film style. Good riddance to innovation. Hello again, safety.

Not great Brits

In Mondays paper, I gave three cheers for the team producing the Brits, and the way they have raised pounds 300,000 for the Brits school, and sold the televised proceedings abroad. After attending the pounds 325-a-head, pounds 4-a-beer jamboree I now withdraw two of those cheers (I leave one intact for The Manic Street Preachers invigorating stage act; the one genuinely exciting moment of the night.)

Football: Pompey in their pomp

Leeds United 2

Can't pay? Won't pay!

The people in this picture never pay to go into a club. They don't even queue. Who the hell do they think they are? Seasoned freeloaders let Cayte Williams into their secrets

Bouncers `beat up' Boy George

Boy George yesterday said he was beaten up by bouncers at the nightclub where he works as a DJ.

A SIDEWAYS EYE ON NEXT WEEK

It's that time of year when cattle get nervous, and a video is followed by a hyphen and the word art. The Turner Prize is awarded on 28 Nov at the Tate Gallery. I nominate the sponsor, Channel 4. Last year it ended its coverage of the prize dinner just before the announcement of the winner, thus provoking more suspense, debate and talk of insights into the fractured nature of contemporary life than any of the shortlisted exhibits.

London awaits its head boy

No designer at the London fashion shows will be more courted, feted, oohed and aahed at than milliner Philip Treacy. Jim White watches him work

out there; Alix Sharkey invited 500 friends to enter his own Palace of Wisdom

John Walsh: a stranger in the Palace

Oxbridge's hard-working students turn to ecstasy

The use of ecstasy by Oxbridge students has doubled in the last 12 months, according to a survey carried out for the Independent. The numbers taking cocaine and amphetamines have also risen.

E spells notoriety for Boy George

Boy George has sparked outrage with plans to release a song about ecstasy. MPs called for the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, to ban the record, "Everything Starts With An E'', by the Ezee Posse on Boy George's More Protein record label.

Correction: Tony Cooper remembered

Correction: Aids deaths

No jacket required

When Hollywood gets in on the act, you know that a fad has become a fixture. So what has turned 1995 into the Year of Drag? Roger Clarke has the answers

Boy George - I think he's got it!

THE CRITICS ROCK

Site unseen / Admiral's House, Hampstead

If you want to win a spot-the-celebrity quiz, ignore nightclubs like Stringfellows or Tramp. The sure-fire way to success is a wander through Hampstead in north London. Boy George, Michael Foot, John le Carre, Melvyn Bragg, Glenda Jackson - the star-studded list of Hampstead residents goes relentlessly on.
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