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'I'm good with a water cannon'

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.

Charles Arthur On Technology

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

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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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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