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1. "The BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha."

e) Jeremy Paxman

Sarah Sands: Lost and found in translation

Knowledge is power – especially when it comes to languages

Letter from the editor: A proper Mancunian Miserabilist

In my letter on Saturday (Yes. Didn't you know? We're open for business on a Saturday, too), I solicited your ideas for a guest editor for i in the wake of the Archbishop of Canterbury's rather successful effort in the chair at the New Statesman.

Diary: Beavering about on the blower

On the publicity trail for their new film The Beaver (as in the semi-aquatic rodent), Jodie Foster continues her spirited defence of co-star and chum Mel Gibson against those unfortunate accusations of racism, anti-semitism and domestic abuse. "I just adored him from the second I met him," she gushes admirably to the Radio Times. "He reads books about crazy historical events and retains every detail [The crucifixion, for example?]... I can talk to him on the phone for, like, three and a half hours..." Yes, I hear he can go on a bit when you get him on the blower.

Ian Burrell: Cost to News International's reputation is biggest worry

If Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is really serious about bringing the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World (NOTW) to a close, it must act quickly and decisively. Before Christmas the group shifted its strategy by suspending and later sacking NOTW executive Ian Edmondson. This apparently signalled a new approach at News International, Mr Murdoch's British newspaper division. At the start of the year, the media mogul himself was in town to try to put things in order at Wapping.

Clarke Carlisle: From drink and depression, rehab and religion to brain of Burnley

Competent on Question Time and the king of Countdown, Carlisle is buffing up the game's image

Lawyers want to gain access to emails

Lawyers acting for public figures suing The News of the World over alleged phone hacking said yesterday that a trove of "lost" emails between senior executives could prove vital in securing damages and prompt new actions against the paper.

The <i>IoS</i> Save Our Scotsmen's survival guide: How to make the best of it, win or lose

You're a Scot living "dahn saff". You work in England. Many of your chums are English. Maybe even your children think they're English, except the nice middle one who occasionally wears her dark blue shirt to ingratiate herself with her old dad. Football's your game, but you take your victories where you can find them. Curling at the Winter Olympics, for example. Elephant polo. George Galloway travelling to the States and sticking it up the Senate. Desperate? Maybe.

Sport on TV: Carlisle is fox on the box when it comes to political football

It was always going to be a tough midweek fixture for Clarke Carlisle, the first active professional footballer to appear on Question Time (BBC1, Thursday). He may have been playing on home turf in Burnley but the gaffer had been tinkering with the formation of the NHS front line and the opposition were deploying very defensive tactics at the Chilcot Inquiry; then shortly before kick-off, one of the star players had to stand down after lurid allegations about his private life were revealed.

Trials and tribulations of News International: Where, exactly, will it all end?

As Andy Coulson leaves the PM's office, James Hanning gets to grips with the convoluted case of hacked phones, detectives, and a red-top newspaper

Diary: Helena shows her true style

Helena Bonham-Carter's outfit for the Golden Globes has caused a schism in the terrifying world of fashion.

Carlisle to appear on 'Question Time'

Clarke Carlisle is to appear on the BBC's Question Time.

John Malkovich: 'I don't need to be liked'

John Malkovich is speaking in a tone so low and languorous it seems deliberately pitched at a single, straining pair of ears. As an actor who has used his voice to great menacing effect, it now becomes lighter and more lilting, the more exercised he gets. "Look," he enunciates softly, sitting forward in his chair like an uncoiled snake ready to strike. "I don't need to be liked."

George Galloway TV show rapped for bias

A phone-in TV programme presented by former MP George Galloway has been criticised by the broadcasting watchdog for breaching impartiality rules.

Village People: Lembit Opik to reveal feline side in return to limelight

Lembit Opik, the former Liberal Democrat MP, is so ridiculous that he is rather lovable.

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