News Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

Neil Hilborn set the twitterverse aflame

So, art never goes viral? The OCD poet who won over the web

There are many unwritten rules of the internet but the greatest of them is this: art never goes viral. It just doesn’t. If you want something to travel round the world like a particularly virulent strain of glandular fever, it must showcase something “cute” (has ever a word been as freighted as “cute”?), or contain gratuitous violence. Them’s the rules and no mistake.

Clint Dempsey in action for his new club Seattle Sounders

Transfer news: Clint Dempsey admits he was reluctant to leave Tottenham but is relishing the challenge of conquering the MLS

Former Spurs midfielder thought he would remain with the north London club but admits his new club Seattle Sounders 'moved mountains' to sign him

Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer, has died aged 84.

'Blame it on the Bossa Nova' singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

Eydie Gorme, a pop singer who, along with her husband Steve Lawrence, became a top American nightclub and television act, later finding success on her own with hits like "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died on Saturday at the age of 84.

John Barnes has criticised Luis Suarez by claiming the striker thinks he is superior to the rest of the Liverpool squad

Transfer news: Former Liverpool player John Barnes claims Luis Suarez thinks he's superior to the rest of the squad

Barnes feels that fans have empowered players with their adoration which leads to star players blaming their team-mates for failures

David Walliams and Lara Stone have had their first child, a baby boy.

David Walliams says sexuality 'can change for people over the years'

Funnyman David Walliams says sexuality "can change over the years".

Classical review: Prom 15, Die Walküre, Daniel Barenboim, Berlin Staatskapelle

Very occasionally you are lucky enough to encounter a performance in which a sort of mystical transformation takes place: when the music and the way it is performed simply embody the emotion that underlies it.

What are the ethical implications of a human head transplant?

Human head and brain transplants are now feasible. That's according to Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero who believes he has worked out how to transfer the head of one human on to the body of another.

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear attempts to build bridges with Newcastle fans after claiming he was 'more intelligent' than them

The new director of football upset some fans with his comments

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Ipswich theatre company helps drug users to break the cycle of addiction in town recovering from 'Suffolk strangler' murders

In 2008, Steve Wright, a forklift truck driver dubbed the “Suffolk strangler”, was jailed for life for murdering five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich.

Violence and prejudice against gay people common, says EU study

One in four gay people in the European Union say they have faced violence because of their sexuality, according to a new report.

The Love-Charm of Bombs, By Lara Feigel. Bloomsbury, £25

Five writers who lived through the London Blitz accounted it as critical in their creative lives as well as epochal in the nation's history. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen was an ARP (Air Raid Protection) warden; so, by nights, was Graham Greene, to whom Lara Feigel owes her title. Rose Macaulay was an ambulance driver. Henry Yorke (better-known as novelist Henry Green) was an auxiliary fireman. All were deeply affected by the suffering and death they encountered. The odd one out is Austrian Hilda Spiel, surviving bitterly in dull Wimbledon.

Smith, top left, with the Detroit Spinners; they were originally called the Domingoes

Bobbie Smith: Singer whose smooth tenor graced the sweet soul of the Detroit Spinners

For all their hits, they were below the Four Tops and the Temptations in the Motown pecking order

Pizza Hut's new pizza has handmade pockets of molten mozzarella, provolone, fontina, mild cheddar and other cheeses around the rim.

Pizza Hut hope to catch up with Domino's using their crazy crust

Molten mozzarella, provolone, fontina, mild cheddar and other cheeses will soon lurk in a crust near you

Review: Young Titan - The Making of Winston Churchill, By Michael Sheldon

Back when PMs worked their way up

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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