David Furnish

Minister vetoes Elton's adoption plan

Elton John will be banned from adopting the Ukrainian toddler he found in an orphanage because he is too old and unmarried, the country's minister for family and youth affairs confirmed today.

Our national love affair with Venice

For centuries, English writers and artists have fallen in love with Venice. Peter Ackroyd, literary Londoner, is the latest. Peter Popham celebrates the seductive city