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."

George Michael held after car crashes into shop

Singer George Michael was arrested after his car crashed into a shop, it emerged today.

The annotated Lady Gaga: A field guide to the wildest wardrobe in pop

One woman has transformed the red carpet from a catwalk for bland frocks into a backdrop to the strangest outfits ever seen. Harriet Walker deciphers some of the singer's wildest wardrobe moments

Party Of The Week: Monday night with Jonathan Ross

Russell Brand made a bee-line for Noel Gallagher at a champagne reception before the Music Industry Trusts' awards in London on Monday night.

Jonathan Ross buys David Bowie self-portrait for £20,000

Jonathan Ross forked out £20,000 at a charity auction last night for a self-portrait of his hero, David Bowie.

Hit & Run: Suite memories

Nothing says the Seventies quite like a prawn cocktail, or the Ryvita woman skipping across TV screens with a tape measure for a belt. Nothing, that is, except the avocado bathroom suite which may soon be returning to a B&Q store near you. "Our research tells us that younger homeowners want to add personality to their homes," says the company's bathroom buyer.

Wham! Pow! With new Friends, DC Thomson is a rare success

How the firm's new buys, and old comics, cushion its news titles from recession.

The world's most expensive wedding singers

The Rolling Stones charge £5 million to perform at weddings.

ASBO for buskers who only knew two songs

A busking duo who tormented a Birmingham village by continuously playing just two songs have been given an ASBO banning them from performing in the area.

Wham! star 'stone cold sober'

George Michael insisted last night that he was "stone cold sober" when he was arrested at the scene of a car crash yesterday morning.

We love you, George, but you don't make it easy for us

Once again the singer gets a rough ride at the hands of the red-top newspapers thanks to his latest car incident, but for how much longer will his fans hold on to their sympathy, wonders Simon Price

George Michael quizzed after car crash

Pop singer George Michael was arrested after his car was involved in a collision, it emerged.

Ronaldo: We'll miss him when he's gone

Even some Manchester United fans seem glad to see the back of Ronaldo. But Susannah Frankel is mourning

George Michael, Earls Court, London

When George Michael walked on to the stage at London's Earls Court, in one of the final dates of his two-year farewell tour, he told fans that they were lucky to see a show that he had practised 103 times. He was right: this was big-budget showmanship at its best.

George Michael plays "final" major shows

George Michael told British fans he was pleased to be home when he took to the stage for one of the final shows in his two-year 25 Live Tour. The singer also revealed he planned to release a Christmas single.

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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