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The women of Wales turned out 65,000-strong in Cardiff and raised the roof – what a pity that Rihanna had little to bring to the party

Alice Jones: Why I love a happy ending

There is nothing, nothing, on earth that makes me happier than a spot of heavily choreographed silliness at the cinema.

Tussauds give Brown the wax for being too obscure

He may be Britain's Prime Minister, but Gordon Brown has been deemed too obscure to merit a place in Madame Tussauds.

Close-up: Adam Buxton

The spoofmeister is on the radio, YouTube and the big screen – so why not the telly?

Dylan Jones: The HD wonder

When the first reports of high-definition television (HDTV) started to come through, the reactions were totally consistent: everyone who'd seen it said that it was brilliant. Literally. What I kept hearing was that the difference between ordinary analogue TV and HDTV is the same as the difference between black-and-white and colour. Which is some distance. A sort of marathon, I'd guess. Or at least a 10k.

BAA backs £10.3bn Spanish takeover

The airports operator BAA looked set for foreign ownership today after it backed a £10.3 billion takeover offer from Spanish consortium Ferrovial.

John Drew Barrymore

Actor son of John Barrymore who exceeded even his father's off-screen excesses

The Temp: So, you want to be a career woman? Dream on

After a brief absence, during which she became the subject of a best-selling novel, our girl from the agency is back in The Independent and back on the temping trail - that true gateway to stardom

Film: Blood and guts in high school

In his brilliant satire, Election, Alexander Payne takes a subversive, intelligent look at the American obsession with success. But why won't he leave Omaha? By Liese Spencer

Arts: Why teenage is American

At least it is at the cinema. Our own teen movies have been dreadful ever since Cliff took his Summer Holiday. By Matthew Sweet

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Tuesday Radio: Pick of the Day

FOR MANY, Christmas has become a crassly commercial, TV-dominated festival. But for some, it is still the time of year when we celebrate the arrival of the Blue Peter annual. In Annual Delights (9pm R2) Hugh Dennis surveys the history of the annual, from its Victorian origins to the first recognisably modern children's annuals.

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