Manic Street Preachers, Hammersmith Working Men's Club, London<br/>Dir En Grey, Koko, London

This night of circularities and historical echoes was calculated to remind everyone why they loved the Manics in the first place

Record &#163;2m Jackpot goes begging but Starkat has one punter purring

Who wants to be a millionaire? Quite a lot of you, it seems. And come on, just how difficult can it be to pick six winners in six races, of which the biggest field is 10? The answer yesterday, without a single successful winning favourite involved, turned out to be very nearly impossible. The lure, a Tote Jackpot pool of a record £2,308,852 went begging. But there was the consolation of almost a quarter of a million going to small-time £4 punter.

Sholto Byrnes: It's not just the Right that's Eurosceptic

Above all, it is the EU's attitude to towards democracy itself that we should question

Global warning: time to wage war on BBC&rsquo;s &lsquo;Politburo&rsquo; radio

Richard Park, the mastermind of Britain&rsquo;s biggest commercial radio group, tells Ian Burrell why he is furious with the BBC and why he is taking the Heart and Galaxy networks national to fight the corporation

Tarrant arrested after assault claim

TV presenter Chris Tarrant has been arrested after a woman claimed she was assaulted during a domestic incident at his home.

Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, 120 mins, 15

This 'rags to rajah' story is pacily told, but the poverty and violence sit uneasily with splashy entertainment

Fishing Lines: You had to mind your tackle when the naked chef was on the bank

Fred wouldn't have liked it. Always a man to speak his mind, Fred would have roasted the caterer for putting on such a miserable spread.

Bong! A change of tune at Westminster

Today, the bells that chime the quarter hours at the Houses of Parliament will fall silent for the first time in 50 years in order to undergo repairs. Cahal Milmo talks to the Keeper of the Great Clock

Heart beat

Thousands of women will be waking up with Jamie Theakston on his new radio show. Ian Burrell reports

TV angler and wife quit conservation group in row over fund use

To millions of armchair anglers, Bob James is the face of British fishing. Starring in the television series, Passion for Angling, he steered 18 million devotees through the intricacies of spinners and the joys of casting into a still pond on a dewy morning.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there