Arts and Entertainment Miley Cyrus in the controversial video for 'Wrecking Ball'

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

Diary of a Primary School Mum: 'Four books a week? Now that isn't funny'

The past has a funny way of catching up with you – although "funny" isn't always an accurate description. Take the beginning of Reception. There we were, only halfway through the autumn term, and Miss Perry was already being unfairly maligned. "Why isn't she doing any proper lessons?" I despaired to my husband. "At this rate they won't be literate until they're 20." Formal tuition couldn't start soon enough; euphoria reigned the first time homework was dished out.

Leading article: Strictly dancing

It is no coincidence that Billy Elliot was the favourite musical of that arbiter of balletic taste, John Prescott (remember him?). It was, after all, like him, the perfect bridge between the worlds of Old and New Labour. Its setting was the downtrodden industrial Labour heartland, but its hero was an icon of meritocracy who strove against the odds for individual fulfilment. Small wonder, then, that the spin previewing the announcement by the Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, of plans for six "centre of excellence" dance schools, talked of nurturing the "Billy Elliots of the future".

Anne Karpf: There's no such thing as a perfect mother – and that's half the fun

Raising a family is less stressful when we don't try too hard, says a mother-of-two. The Campaign for Real Mothers starts here...

Holy Moly! Even a celebrity website takes pity on Britney

The celebrity gossip website Holy Moly is best known for stories on the likes of Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. But for once the website is taking a moral stance, adding its voice to increasing criticism of the paparazzi and saying it will not publish any more intrusive photographs of celebrities.

Tim Lott: The Romans had their circuses. We have 'Heat'

Have you been following the Britney story? Have you? Fascinating – such talent, such tragedy. And such great goss!

Troubled Britney taken from home in ambulance

Britney Spears was taken from her home by ambulance early today, police in Los Angeles said.

Credo: Neil Strauss

'The Game' author and pick-up artist, 39

Marriage in the fast lane: Short-lived celebrity unions

Two weeks after a lavish island wedding ceremony, Eddie Murphy is splitting up with his latest wife. And if you think that's short for a high-profile marriage, think again. John Walsh celebrates an inglorious tradition

For the record: Google winners

So has anyone emerged from Sachsgate in credit? A quick search of Google traffic reveals that Georgina Baillie, Andrew Sachs’s grand-daughter, is attracting |10 times as much interest as Britney Spears (and normally |no one beats Britney). And Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have seen interest double. So the loser is the licence-fee payer, who has lost a damned fine radio controller in Lesley Douglas.

McEwan and Munch's biographer win Britain's oldest literary prize

Britain's oldest literary honours, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, have been awarded to Ian McEwan and Sue Prideaux. McEwan, who won the Booker Prize in 1998 for Amsterdam, was given the fiction prize yesterday for his best-selling novel Saturday. Prideaux won this year's biography prize for Edvard Munch: Behind The Scream, about the Norwegian artist.

Yorke is main attraction in showdown with Welsh

Any doubts as to who will have star billing when Wales and Trinidad & Tobago contest a friendly here tonight are dispelled by the advertising hoardings around this elegant Austrian city. "Die Welt-Meister Sensation Live in Graz!'' screams the slogan. The would-be world master pictured is Dwight Yorke.

Stephen Glover on The Press

Murdoch the kingmaker - and queenmaker too, perhaps

Butcher on brink of leaving Motherwell to coach Sydney

The manager of Motherwell, Terry Butcher, says that only a disaster could stop him becoming the coach of Sydney FC. The former England captain is to make the switch after spending the past few days speaking with club officials.

London declares: 'Make Prejudice History'

Despite clashing with the biggest event on the planet, there was a mood of celebration about this year's parade
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee