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More than a year after Nadine Dorries appeared on the reality show I’m a Celebrity… she has finally done what MPs are required to do, and filled in the appropriate part of the Register of Members’ Interests. Thus we learn that being humiliated in the jungle is less lucrative than we thought. According to the Register, she was paid £6,960 while she was on the show, plus £13,268 two months later for associated interviews and photo shoots, making £20,228 in all – half what the pundits guessed she had received.

Virginia invents a new parlour game

Yesterday, numbers 19 and 20 on a London evening newspaper's list of "who to be seen with" at a dinner party were, respectively, Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown and Shadow Dark Force, Peter Mandelson. They were in odd company: others in the frame included luminaries such as Nastasha Drum (sic), "tall, dark door girl at the Atlantic Bar" and Tamara Yeardye, an "ex-Voguette".

Romantic novelist, aged 90, is all we want for Christmas

The festive season could make Catherine Cookson the most unlikely pop star yet

Leading Article: Middle England isn't sneering

Oh, Cathy, the game you've played.

Over the top with Cliff, Heathcliff and a critical cliffhanger

Pop goes Emily Bronte: First night suffers technical hitch but fans find idol 'utterly convincing' in pounds 3.5m musical

Albert Hall to stage 'Carmen'

The Royal Albert Hall is to stage an arena production of Carmen next February, the month when Eric Clapton usually performs at the venue.

It's been ever so warm in Blackpool

Talk, drink, talk, drink. Amid sausage rolls in the Winter Gardens and egg and bacon in the B&Bs, new Labour has been gleefully grooming itself for government. Polly Toynbee watched from the sidelines as Tony got unctuous

my never-ending summer of love

A holiday romance rarely survives the journey home. For Gill Mullins it did

30 years on - and chart topper Chris Farlowe is still surrounded by fans ...

Seminal moments of the Sixties? Thirty years ago this weekend, it wasn't only that England's footballers were savouring victory in the World Cup Final at Wembley. Chris Farlowe was top of the charts with "Out of Time".

Letter: New outing?

I was surprised to read Ian Jack's musings on the racial origins of Cliff Richard (7 July). I am always suspicious of people who show an unhealthy interest in the racial (or class) roots of other people. Lofty liberal excuses don't convince in this case - this smacks of the bullying excesses of gay "outing" - or worse. I hope this is not the start of another perverse media trend. These days, you never know.

Brixton may just know something the Bronx doesn't

Race and class: does anyone talk about these subjects anymore? I ask because last week I went to a lunch in honour of a black American academic, Patricia Williams, who will deliver next year's Reith lectures. Her subject is to be race and class, here and in the States, and she asked us how these two vast concepts were faring in public debate in this country. Our pretty unanimous answer was that both had nearly vanished. Politicians rarely mention them. In John Major's mind we are all classless. In Tony Blair's speeches class is verboten. Race has not been much worried over since the riots of the 1980s. Perhaps this is all very good; perhaps these causes of so much inequality and social division are waning. Or perhaps the words have been disguised by other labels - law and order, inner-city education, drugs, asylum legislation - which allow us to talk about these subjects without mentioning them by name.

Tennis: Sing-a-long Cliff steps out of the shadows

They came to see a triumphant display at Wimbledon yesterday from the man whose youthful features disguise his age. There was to be no disappointment.

Switch on to Jesus

In its first year, the Christian station Premier has failed to be a testament to the popularity of religious radio.

Sixties 'Grocer Jack' rock opera gets off its back after 30-year wait

One of the longest-delayed librettos in history, a rock opera which burst into the singles charts in 1967, will be finally released next month almost 30 years after its first "aria" was championed on Radio 1.

Obituary: Mike Leander

Mike Leander stamped his distinctive arrangement and production style on British popular music in the Sixties, his influence continuing through the Seventies with the creation of the glam rock star Gary Glitter, and into the Eighties as the writer of the West End musical Matador.

Mid-Cliff crisis

The outward signs of male mid-life crisis are far more apparent than the luckless sufferer usually imagines. There's the man in his early forties who turns up at the body-piercers workshop and asks to look at the catalogue, pausing wistfully at the page on nipples and navels. Or the fellow whose hair, thinning fore, suddenly sports pigtails aft. Leather trousers on a sagging rear, waistcoats patterned with nudes from the Sistine Chapel, a gleaming Harley-Davidson (plus discreet mounting ladder) and a habit of coquettishly inviting young women to guess his age - these are all signs of an aging chap in trouble - and just begging to be ridiculed.
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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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