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'I'm good with a water cannon'

Charles Arthur On Technology

'If you are digitally promiscuous enough, your computerised little black book will start to overflow'

Punt & Dennis, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

When I mentioned to friends that I was going to see Punt & Dennis, I got something of a ribbing about it. One joked that she had renamed It's Been a Bad Week, the duo's Radio 2 show, It's Occasionally Funny.

Pam Ann: Flying with Winter Wonder-Pam, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Having bid an emotional farewell at Heathrow to a good friend bound for Sydney in the afternoon, boarding Pam Ann's scheduled "flight" to Sydney in the evening had a cruel irony to it.

As new reality dawns, friends predict a return after general election

Allies of David Blunkett predicted yesterday that he could return to the Cabinet despite his spectacular fall from grace after admitting that his office helped to fast-track a visa application by the nanny of his former lover.

Allegation of second affair with secretary in ministerial office

David Blunkett was hit by more revelations about his private life last night as it was reported that he had an affair with a civil servant nearly 20 years his junior.

Happy mood turned to terror as the lights went out on the 5.35

Jon Stace was looking forward to a night celebrating his friend's birthday and a Sunday at home with his family.

He has declared open season on himself

A few years ago now, a friend of mine was working in Europe as a correspondent for The Times. The paper announced confidently and with some pride - for he was a much admired writer - that in six months he would be taking up his new post as Washington correspondent. "Oh no he won't," I said to another friend. "They may think he's going, but they don't know him as well as I do. He hasn't the slightest intention of taking off for America." Nor did he: not least because Alan Clark had advised him that he would learn nothing of value there, based as it was on Chesterfields and Coca-Cola.

Christopher Hitchens: In enemy territory

Once a hero of the intellectual left, Christopher Hitchens' endorsement of George Bush has provoked a bitter schism. Is he forever lost to his former comrades? Johann Hari finds out

Beatrix Campbell: Why do some women undermine one another? Because it's still a man's world

Women's relationships with women is a fascinating new area. Women's friendship networks sustain them, in contrast with men, who don't expect to be the friends of women - not even the women who live with them.

Cancer victim sends friends on skiing holiday from beyond the grave

A man dying of cancer secretly arranged for his closest friends to take a holiday after his death - paid for with his life savings.

Peeping Tom's secret weapon

The rapid growth of camera phones has had a sinister side effect - men taking sneaky snaps up the skirts of unsuspecting women. And, Hugh Wilson discovers, they are then pored over by a global audience of voyeurs

E Jane Dickson: Staying Afloat

'We recline on our left elbows with a glass of wine and wait to be served by our slave girls'

Steve Lacy

Possibly, when a musician friend dies, one's ears prick hyper-sensitively for the tone of the obituaries, writes Tom Raworth. Steve Lacy seems destined to be considered the acceptable face of some monster called "the avant-garde": "anti-highfalutin' " was one description. Steve Voce's generous obituary [8 June] mostly avoids this stance; but Irène Aebi "intoning" the work of "a multitude of poets" and his surprise at "abstruse work" attracting full houses show his sympathies.

Friend's final plea to suicide skydiver was caught on video

The screams of a skydiver pleading with his free-falling friend not to kill himself were captured on a 58-second video as the two men plunged to the ground at 120mph, it emerged yesterday.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee