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The hyper-sexualised clips have been deemed inappropriate to air before 10pm

Credit crisis diary: The supermarket man who changed the world

English Heritage is excellent at erecting those striking blue plaques when it comes to marking buildings significant in the lives of aristocrats or the cultural great and good, but it sometimes lacks the common touch. So it was good to see Sir Jack Cohen's childhood home, in Whitechapel, east London, commemorated with a plaque yesterday. As founder of Tesco, Sir Jack has had a more profound impact on modern society than many of those who already have plaques to their name.

Billy Bob hits the wrong note in Canada

Hollywood actor-turned-musician cancels tour after 'national insult' provokes a furious reaction

Howling Bells, Islington Academy, London

Back in 2004, the four-piece rock band Howling Bells swapped their base in Sydney, Australia, for the gritty music scene of London. Since then, they have been slowly gaining recognition and fans, as tonight’s packed NME Awards Show proves.

TMZ: The website striking fear into Hollywood's stars

As Christian Bale found last week, no celebrity is safe from the attentions of the trashy showbiz site

The feral beast: Entertaining Mr Jones

Spotted: fresh-faced 'Evening Standard' proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, having lunch at a top London eatery with 'GQ' editor Dylan Jones. Both noted dandies, no doubt they passed the time discussing Gucci man-bags. But who was grooming whom? Having poached one Condè Nast editor, was Evgeny hoping for another? For now, there are no vacancies, but redundancies at the 'Standard' are on the cards. Dylan paid, so we conclude that he was softening Evgeny up for a 'GQ' profile.

Boyd Tonkin: Tracts for our times: fiction in suburbia

It diminishes the late John Updike to classify him merely as the supreme anatomist of Middle America in its spreading suburbs and snug commuter towns. Yet every artist needs a canvas, and this former student of drawing (and lifelong critic of art) found in the uneasily affluent communities of the post-war East Coast the ground on which to paint his sumptuously shaded episodes from the human comedy. Updike cherished what he satirised, as every glittering sentence that unfurls across his landscape shows – especially in the four Rabbit novels.

Toy maker accused of exploiting Obama children

An American toy company which makes the popular Beanie Babies dolls has been accused of exploiting Barack Obama's daughters after calling the latest products in its range "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvellous Malia".

'Squeaky-clean' Britney falls foul of lyric censors

First, Britney Spears rediscovered her marbles; then she relaunched her singing career. Now she has stumbled on her old knack for offending middle America.

Click me baby one more time: Celebrity blogging

As Britney Spears launches a search for an elite 'online media manager', Sophie Morris checks out the celebrities who take their blogging seriously

Genius moments: November 2008

The Word On... Britney Spears, the new album

"'Circus' echoes its title through the album with unnerving beats and creepy riffs. Britney can hardly smile sweetly after such a public breakdown, so it's an album of dark electronic drums, demure only on "Out From Under" and in the bizarre cover artwork." - Talia Kranes, bbc.co.uk/music

Take That 'wanted to re-name album'

Take That considered re-naming their album after they found out it had almost the same title as Britney Spears's new release, Mark Owen has revealed.

Britney mimes again at birthday show

Britney Spears tried to put her widely-criticised appearance on X Factor behind her today as she celebrated her 27th birthday with a special show on US television.

Susie Rushton: A Swedish lesson in Abba-negation

Urban Notebook: It seems we cannot get enough of the sunny optimism of "Dancing Queen" and, erm, "Does Your Mother Know?".
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