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Former X Factor panelist Dannii Minogue is returning to British TV screens as a judge on Britain And Ireland's Next Top Model.

Liz Hoggard: The earth isn't moving any more

As you get older, taking your clothes off is an act of faith

Steve Bing: Man on a mission

The wealthy American known to most as the father of Liz Hurley's baby re-emerges in a key role in Bill Clinton's North Korean rescue act

On my mind: Rhiannon Harries faces up to holiday packing...after a glass or two of red

There are some individuals who think packing is the best bit of a holiday. They buy special luggage scales from the back of supplements like this, and are presumably also the ones investing in titles such as Secrets of the Carry-on Traveller for some juicy pre-poolside reading. They have passionate opinions on the rolling versus the bundle method of packing and never, ever just throw random clothes into a bag and go...

Terence Blacker: TV shouldn't exist to treat us like idiots

So it was true, what the champions of multi-channel television told us. One day, they said, the variety of programmes on offer will herald a bright new dawn of choice. It will be incomparably easier for viewers to plan their evenings. How right they were. Viewing selection is certainly a straightforward matter these days. One looks at the list of programmes on offer, and quickly reaches the conclusion that there are better things to do than sit in front of a screen, having one's intelligence insulted.

Cinema's love guru: What guys can learn from Matthew McConaughey

I should probably face it: I'm never going to look like Matthew McConaughey. I'll never have those locks, those pecs, that smug grin. But by watching his movies, atrocious though they are, I might learn what makes him so irresistible to women. In his new film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, for example, McConaughey seduces his way through most of the models in North America, sabotage his brother's wedding, and snare Jennifer Garner.

Birdsong: An epic in the making

Sebastian Faulks sold the film rights for his bestselling novel 16 years ago. Only now may shooting finally start on the sweeping wartime love story. Geoffrey Macnab pieces together a blockbuster saga with a cast of thousands

Pandora: Miller fashions a spot of bother in Camden

Sienna Miller has run into trouble with Camden Council following the launch of her Twenty8Twelve clothing line at London Fashion Week.

A new editor, but 'Tatler' won't be joining the 'Hello!' polloi

Whoever takes over at the high society bible, it will be steady as she goes, says Matthew Bell

Top jeweller loses its sparkle in recession

The upmarket jeweller Theo Fennell's confidence that its customers would continue buying ostentatious rings and necklaces in the credit crunch looked mistaken yesterday when it announced it had recorded an £840,000 loss, its first for three years.

Hurley heads campaign for fur house

Animal rights groups vent fury at British actress after she appears in ad wearing black 'baby mink skin'

At long last – Elizabeth Hurley pigs out

The celebrity-endorsed ready meal now has a meaty main course to replace Linda McCartney's pies

Claudia Winkleman: "Civilians" do things at a different pace

Take It From Me: 'Unless you are Peaches or Britney, by month two you are still at the stage of waking up before him to brush your teeth'

Radio 1 DJs encouraging gun crime, says Cameron

David Cameron provoked a row with the BBC by accusing Radio 1 of encouraging knife and gun crime by playing rap and hip-hop tracks with violent lyrics.

CIA knew where Eichmann was two years before he was caught

The CIA knew the whereabouts of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina more than two years before his capture by Israeli agents, but kept the fact secret to protect its anti-Communist efforts in West Germany, according to newly declassified agency documents.

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn