'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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Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
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Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
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Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?