News The presenter, who is thought to be a friend of the Prime Minister, told his followers on the micro-blogging site that he was thinking of standing as an independent at the next general election.

The famously acerbic TV personality then shared the image on his Twitter account alongside the caption: "Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane."

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Lisa Moorish will be releasing her new single, "Mr Friday Night" on 22 January. The single looks set to consolidate the success of "I'm Your Man", Lisa's reinterpretation of the Wham record which featured backing vocals from the man himself, George Michael. Lisa has also contributed vocals to the Oasis & Friends/Help album track, "Fade Away", and she is currently finishing her debut album, which is released in April.

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He'll need more than faith this time

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how to play the Yamaha

Playing a Yamaha is not as easy as you might think, especially if yours has handlebars and sturdy tartan pannier bags. A rudimentary tune might be achieved by tapping different areas of the petrol tank with your key-ring, but you risk chipping the enamel, so I'd advise against it.

Sony to sell George Michael for $100m

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LETTER : Pop ain't what it used to be

From Mr Raymond Berger

THE SUITS : The king of all he surveys

Interested in getting to the bottom of those pop stars' fabulous fortunes? Keen to know who owns those obscure record labels specialising in Sixties psychedelia? Or just want to assess the importance of the music industry to Britain's balance of t rade? Then you should talk to Cliff Dane.

You can't keep a good celebrity down

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Leading Article: Listen up, you good ol' boys and gals

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Saturday Night: Wham] It hit me. George, you have won

Like most people, I used to live in hope. No particular kind, you understand, just the vague feeling that it might be nice to learn that there was some point to all this. I was constantly alert, in a bleary-eyed way, for that moment when the flat-pack unit of life would assemble itself and stand proud. Last Wednesday morning, it finally happened.

Law Report: Recording agreement enforceable: Panayiotou and others v Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd - Chancery Division (Mr Justice Jonathan Parker), 1 June 1994.

Where proceedings alleging that an agreement was in restraint of trade were genuinely compromised by the substitution of a new agreement, it is contrary to public policy to allow the doctrine of restraint of trade to apply to the new agreement or a renegotiated version of the new agreement.

George Michael to pay pounds 3m legal costs

The pop star George Michael, 30, yesterday agreed to pay the estimated pounds 3m legal costs of his High Court attempt to break away from his record company, Sony. Mr Justice Jonathan Parker, who on Tuesday rejected Michael's claims that his contract was an unfair restraint of trade and therefore unenforceable, awarded the company costs against him, by consent, at a two-minute hearing.
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