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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Pop: Mad about the boy

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Secretarial - The Temp: I'd rather have a Diet Coke...

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Television Review: What Geri

PLENTY OF column inches have been expended recently on the ethics of fly-on-the-wall documentaries and docu-soaps, and the effects on the people being filmed. What Geri (C4) suggested, though, was that the impact on the people behind the camera can be just as interesting.

Poetic Licence: Sooty - My Drugs Hell

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Football: The Sweeper - They're not all Dennis Bergkamp

Unsung foreign

`Independent' wins Editor and Correspondent of year awards

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My Week: Val Garland - Mistress of mascara

Val Garland is one of the fashion world's most sought-after make- up artists. she's just finished a week at the Paris couture shows, where she worked with alexander mcqueen. her latest project is a George Michael and Mary J Blige video

Easy listening station deserts lounge lizards

THIS IS A sad week for lounge lizards. On Thursday, easy listening will be silenced when the radio station whose velvety tones have caressed Londoners' ears for nearly a decade croons its last.

Television: The new chattering classes

Jasper Rees looks at the odd manners of the chat show: conversation as sales pitch

Peter Conchie: Television Review

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