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."

TICKET OFFER: LISA MOORISH

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.

The old power generation

EXHIBITIONS I: There were red braces, there were wine bars - and there was the power glower. Peter York visits the new show at the NPG, to size up some of the faces of the Eighties

Dance again, George

Profile: George Michael; He's back and he's seven-minute serious. Andy Beckett on pop's sharpest risk-taker

He'll need more than faith this time

He's back, he's serious, and he's calling the tunes. Can George Michael pull it off again? Jim White reports

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

In the biggest transfer deal the music industry has seen, Sony Music is to receive about $100m (pounds 63m) for its discontented star George Michael.

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

Faye Dunaway (right) was sacked from Sunset Boulevard -then the offers of work began to flood in. So who needs good publicity? By Mark Lawson Publicity agents have always consoled clients taking a battering in the press with the ancient optimistic aphorism of their trade: "Don't read it, measure it." They believe that notoriety is as marketable a kind of fame as any other; that even bad publicity is beneficial in focusing attention on a performer.

Sounds like Madness (or Fleetwood Mac . . .)

But it isn't. Sean Thomas on the case of the advertising pop pasticheur s

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

BRITAIN'S first radio station dedicated to country music, the snappily titled Country 1035AM, began broadcasting yesterday in the London area. From now on, those living within the M25 will be able to enjoy a 24-hour diet of Dwight and Lyle, kd and Nanci, Johnny and Tammy, all twanging their thang, standing by their men and weeping their bitter tears. The station's owners anticipate an audience of 250,000 and sufficient revenue from advertisements for stetson hats, pick-up trucks and barbecue charcoal to guarantee them a nice little earner.

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.

Dance of the music majors and minors: In a week of record company wins Roger Trapp surveys the industry

THE High Court and the Monopolies and Mergers Commission have brought two big doses of cheer to the music industry in the past week. Although the verdicts in favour of record companies in both the George Michael dispute with Sony and the investigation of CD prices had been widely predicted, they nevertheless take a load off the minds of a business that despite its huge size has difficulty being taken seriously.

Revealed: the plot to keep George Michael silent

I ALWAYS try to get up to London on a rail strike day. The place seems much emptier, almost bearable, especially when Wimbledon has drained a lot of the excess people off down to SW19. The most exciting thing I saw on Wednesday was a businessman walking along the street, cradling his mobile phone and shouting into it: 'Take off the bet on Graf] Put it on McNeil]' I didn't know you were allowed to do that during a game.
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

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Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

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Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

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Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

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