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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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