At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

Canadian found guilty of UK terror plot

A judge today found a Canadian suspect guilty of being involved in a plot to bomb British targets in 2004.

Last Night's Television: Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1<br />Hole In The Wall, iPlayer<br />Greg Dyke on NYE Bevan, BBC4

I love iPlayer. I was having a little difficulty mustering interest in Jodie Kidd's ancestry, the subject of this week's Who Do You Think You Are? So I stuck it on pause and decided to catch up with Hole in the Wall instead, the BBC's new Saturday-tea-time game show, which began last weekend, but got nudged below the radar by Merlin. And, frankly, I'm very grateful to the BBC for preserving the evidence of its own inexplicable folly in this readily accessible form. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. A few television programmes are excellent, a larger number are good, and the vast majority are mediocre to poor. But it's only a few that qualify as memorably atrocious; programmes so cheesy and bereft of virtue that they will return through the ages as a regurgitated belch of "what were they thinking?"

Exit Lines, by Joan Barfoot

The rage of the aged: a haunting, disturbing tale of growing old disgracefully

Canada's Harper calls election

Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has dissolved Parliament and called an early election for next month, in the hope of strengthening his Conservative minority government's hold on power.

Album: Juan Garcia Esquivel, More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds (Reprise Archives)

Mexican lounge-music auteur Juan Garcia Esquivel's flamboyant arrangements of standards such as "The Breeze and I (Andalucia)", "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Dancing in the Dark" on this reissued 1962 album are like ripe fruit, flavour bursting out of every bar.

British youngsters hurt in tour bus crash

A tour bus reported to be carrying British youngsters was involved in a head-on crash in Canada tonight.

Standard Life profits rise by 51 per cent with help of reinsurance deal

Standard Life's profits beat forecasts yesterday but the life insurer warned that the outlook for the sector was impossible to call in difficult markets.

Bus passenger beheads fellow traveller during random attack

A 40-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after a busload of passengers saw him stab a fellow traveller and then cut off his head on a Greyhound bus driving on the Trans-Canada highway.

Couple fined over 'sex games' at war memorial

A French couple has been fined €1,000 for making a pornographic video at Vimy Ridge, one of the most revered memorials of the First World War.

McCartney urges Quebec to 'smoke the pipes of peace'

Sir Paul McCartney was expected to find the appropriate French translation for "Let it be" last night while headlining an outdoor concert in Quebec, in the hope of finally disarming francophone indignation over his invitation to help the province celebrate its 400th anniversary.

Album: Bodies of Water, A Certain Feeling (Secretly Canadian)

Indie-gospel, the bloggers are calling it. And, yes, it does seem that the debut album proper from LA-based quartet Bodies of Water marks a defining moment in a sound that has seeped through Danielson into the DNA of Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire.

Ones to Watch: Holy Fuck

Introducing the top bands making a splash at the festivals

Pets' Corner: What are the red patches on my poodle?

My poodle returned from the groomers with a red patch on his tummy which is very sore and he will not let anyone touch him. Do you know what this is and how can I help him feel more comfortable? Lenie, Canada

My new baby is destroying my perfect designer home

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UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

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Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

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Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
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Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
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Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

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Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

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New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

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