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* So what's going on now at Bloomsbury? Joanna Trollope has decamped to her paperback publishers, Transworld, just as she always said she would when Liz Calder moved aside – though she's also citing Bloomsbury's fixation with Harry Potter. Undoubtedly, much time and attention has been lavished on JKRowling – though that didn't stop a period of coolness between author and publisher, according to well-placed insiders. With the final Potter paperback in July, attention will presumably return to wider business. Bloomsbury, by both accident and design, has leached staff over the past few months and head honcho Richard Charkin has never hidden his disdain for trade (as opposed to academic) publishing. Agents and authors alike are perplexed at the sometimes derisory sums they offer for serious projects, while splashing out on washed-up pop star Gary Barlow and former Home Secretary David Blunkett. Has it all been downhill since Bloomsbury published Anna Pasternak's ghosted memoir of James Hewitt, lover of Diana?

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Sport on TV: From nauseating Naz to Hamed the humble

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Offshore `Alcatraz' prepares detox refuge for addicts

A FIRST WORLD WAR anti-aircraft fort known as the "Alcatraz of the North" is to become Europe's largest recovery centre for drug addicts and alcoholics.

The knack: How to start an urban myth by Rick Glanvill

"Credible fallacy, that's the key. First of all, acquaint yourself with the nuts and bolts - public humiliation, social inadequacy, sexual taboo, superficial details. Social climbers are easy targets - think of narrowly avoided public humiliation involving illicit sex, bad toilet habits or over-enthusiastic animals and extend it through several twists to the ultimate nightmare. Then say it happened to someone in the marketing department - `not sure who'. People will want this sordid episode to be true. There's nothing more comforting than laughing about someone else's misfortune - the bread and butter of the urban myth.

The Critics: Rock: The one I love

REM 'Up' Beck 'Mutations' Alanis Morissette 'Supposed Former Infatuatio n Junkie' Robbie Williams 'I've Been Expecting You'

Choice: Gig

Robbie Williams, Hull City Hall (01482 226655) 7.30pm

Rock: Gary Barlow, the aunties' choice

IT SEEMS we got our predictions back to front. When Take That split, it was Gary Barlow who was supposed to end up as a respected, mature and fairly dull singer-songwriter, while Robbie Williams lived out his days acting zanily on The Big Breakfast. Instead, Robbie released "Angels", one of the past year's biggest singles, and strolled into Gary's jealously guarded Elton John Jr musical territory to boot. And as for Gary ...


He's reinvented himself, but Gary Barlow can't escape his fate...

Celebs behind the wire

Stars seeking privacy are under fire over public rights, reports Mark Rowe

Passport: Leo Sayer - I saw my entire life flash by me when I thought I was going to drown

IT'S A very good hair day for Leo Sayer, the Seventies singing sensation who wowed the UK with hits such as "You Make Me Feel like Dancing" and "When I Need You" and who is now making a comeback.

Music: You need to work on a lot more than your abs, Peter

Poor Peter Andre, he had it all: tight abs, cheeky grin and a million

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