Dom Joly: And on the third day, I told some more white lies

"Dad, what has the Easter Bunny got to do with Jesus?" It was one of those tricky questions that your kids ask, the answer to which depends on your mood.

Facebook to scrap `become a fan of' for `like'

Facebook is about to change the way it asks its users to connect to brands and celebrities on the site. Rather than ask people to "become a fan" of say, Starbucks or Lady Gaga, Facebook will instead let users click that they like the subject.

Johnson parts with Bristol City

Gary Johnson has left Bristol City by mutual consent following a disappointing run of form.

Hereford dismiss manager Trewick

Hereford manager John Trewick has been sacked following a meeting with chairman Graham Turner.

Macclesfield match to go ahead

Macclesfield assistant boss Gary Simpson has confirmed this weekend's Coca-Cola League Two match at Hereford will go ahead as scheduled following the death of manager Keith Alexander.

Crystal Palace inundated with offers

The administrators of Crystal Palace have confirmed that they have had interest from 36 separate buyers for the Coca-Cola Championship club after extending the deadline for bids by a fortnight.

London listing on the cards for Coca-Cola's UK bottling arm

US firm to bring North American bottling in-house as fizzy drink sales flatten

Clough defensive after FA charges

Derby manager Nigel Clough wants the Football Association to consider the context in which the melee occurred at the end of Saturday's derby against Nottingham Forest.

Martinez says Wigan must learn

Roberto Martinez warned Wigan they must learn the lessons from their profligacy in front of goal after falling victim to an FA Cup giant-killing at the hands of Notts County.

Newcastle sign Routledge from QPR

Newcastle have completed the signing of Wayne Routledge on a three-and-a-half deal from Coca-Cola Championship rivals QPR.

Tonic wine Buckfast 'behind violent crimes'

The tonic wine Buckfast has been mentioned in 5,000 crime reports by Scotland's biggest police force in the last three years, an investigation has revealed.

Robert Chesshyre: Cold? You should have been around in the 1950s

Crossing the hall to the kitchen was a dash across a glassy abyss

Young Lotto millionaire found dead

Police were today investigating the death of one of Britain's youngest lottery jackpot winners.

Mad scientists top poll of online marketing campaigns

Online videos of two self-proclaimed mad scientists conducting explosive ‘Mentos experiments with Diet Coke’ have topped a poll of the most significant online marketing campaigns of last decade.

China opens state-backed gay bar to fight spread of Aids

China's first government-backed gay bar has finally opened, very discreetly, after the original scheduled launch was delayed for almost three weeks due to intense media attention.

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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