News Unspoken: Netmums’ Siobhan Freegard says child mental health is a taboo subject

Parents are often wide of the mark when it comes to their youngsters’ fears

Is Selina Scott really worth pounds 1m a year?

Sky Television seems to have finally asked the question that has vexed many people for a long time: why is Selina Scott paid so much?


Sinead O'Connor has had as painful a relationship with her motherland as she had with her mother. But with a rare concert appearance and a new EP forthcoming, could she and Ireland be on the point of reconciliation?

Children's refuge may close

A unique refuge for abused children could close in 10 days following the Government's decision to withdraw lifeline funding, leaving hundreds of needy children homeless.

Stop me if you've heard this one before

May I take just a few minutes of your time today? It won't take long. Just a few questions I want to ask you. Thank you.

A day's hard labour with the Chang gang

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Rantzen is cleared of twisting fact

Esther Rantzen was cleared yesterday of "twisting the facts" in an investigation of a south London hospital's treatment of a seriously disabled patient.

Cliff: not the full Bronte

MUSICAL 'Heathcliff', The Academy, Birmingham

Letter: Mind, body and chronic fatigue

Sir: Yvette Cooper (4 October), writing of her experiences with ME, complains of people who thought she had a psychiatric, not a "normal" illness. This is another example (most famously illustrated in Esther Rantzen's appalling ME programme) of stigmatising people with mental illness as somehow morally inferior.

Of little boys and other kinds of beastliness

Pederasts? Known lots of them. Humberts and nympholepts too, probably. But I wouldn't have noticed them; or, rather, they wouldn't have noticed me. Mine were the small-boy sort. There was the scout leader we were all a bit suspicious of. Kept himself trim, lived with his mother, couldn't wait for camp. Chucked one chap out for tattooing one of the girl guides with a cross-nibbed dip pen. "Property of Michael Bywater", or something like that; I can't remember who it was. May have been me.

Made to measure for the real world

London Fashion Week: Ronit Zilkha weighs in for the working woman

Mapplethorpe show reveals body of support

Public rejects censors as controversial exhibition opens to approval

Letter: Esther Rantzen's porn paradox

Sir: The attitudes discussed in "Photography and the new censorship" (12 September) fall short of the pinnacle of absurdity.

They don't make columns like this any more

Ten phrases commonly used by gardeners showing you round their garden.

Letter: Mapplethorpe's photo is porn

Sir: Suzanne Moore ("Photography and the new censorship", 12 September) springs to the defence of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and declares that the police and others who asked that the photograph Rosie, of a three- year-old girl, be withdrawn from his exhibition, are a tiny minority. She says that it will soon become impossible to take an innocent photograph of a little child.
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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