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UK's oldest man turns 109

Reg Dean celebrated his 109th birthday yesterday, revelling in his unofficial status as Britain's oldest man. The former church minister from Wirksworth in Derbyshire is currently five years short of the world record, held by 114-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan.

My Edinburgh: Angelos Epithemiou, comedian

I have only been to Edinburgh once before, and that was to deliver a fridge to my mate Kenny's mum. When we got there we found out she had moved back to London, so we dumped it in the river and drove home.

Deborah Ross: The truth about a 19-year-old still at home

If you ask me... You will wear your jeans halfway down your arse and aggressively resist your mother's attempts to hoik them up from behind

The 10 best brandies

Delicious on their own after dinner or poured into a cup of coffee, have a snifter of one of these fine spirits...

DVD: Archipelago (15)

"Don't be so nice," Cynthia berates her drippy brother, Edward (Tom Hiddleston), when he volunteers to sleep in the attic room at his family's holiday home on the Scilly Isle of Tresco.

Sloane Crosley: ‘I can think of three male friends who fell in love the way one might fall into an open manhole’

Hello, my name is Sloane and I am a social back-up girl. Am I a priority for my closest friends? Of course, and they are a priority for me. But a disturbing trend has come to my notice. Not physically, but emotionally, I seem to be the default option for male friends when it comes to attending stuffy dinners with mum, or a co-worker's housewarmer.

Man accidentally shot girl, then killed himself

A teenage girl was shot dead in a remote cottage by her boyfriend accidentally before he ran outside and killed himself, it emerged yesterday.

Ten best dinner plates

Yes, there’s always a place for plain white flatware, but there are plenty of beautiful decorative pieces too, if you fancy a more glamorous table setting...

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PC dinner replaces the TV dinner

Sixty per cent of Britons have eaten their main evening meal while sitting at their computer, a survey has found.

Blessed storms out of dinner in a flash

Brian Blessed stormed out of a black-tie dinner at the Savoy after allegedly grabbing a guest by the throat when he called the 1980 film Flash Gordon, in which Blessed starred, "crap".

DVD: Killers (12)

Katherine Heigl clearly has no intention of giving us all a break from these mirthless comedy capers.

Dinner lady accused of 'grooming'

A school dinner lady was warned she could be open to an allegation of grooming for allowing a child to have a biscuit, it was claimed yesterday.

Deborah Ross: 'From now on I’m not leaving my cave, unless it’s to hog the remote control or laugh at a cape'

If you ask me, the recent neuroscience research showing that the brains of men and woman are exactly the same, and not in fact genetically pre-wired in any Mars and Venus kind of way, may be good news, and may be bad news, but either way, ever since I heard it I've been sitting in my cave and refusing to come out even once unless it's to hog the remote control, stack the dishwasher in the most irritating way – "THE BOWLS DO NOT GO THERE!" – or to say clueless things about fashion, like: "Capes. What are they all about?"

Dinner For Schmucks (12A)

Francis Veber's 1998 Le Dîner de Cons was no great shakes, but it looks almost classy next to this atrocious remake.

Down Terrace (15)

Whenever a British gangster film lumbers on to the horizon one tends to fear a) the worst and b) the appearance of Danny Dyer.

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