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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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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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