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."

Barometer: Outing of the week

NOW LET'S get a few things straight. Tom Cruise was definitely not outed by The Express on Sunday, because it would be impossible to out someone who isn't in a closet.

Design: News

EMILY JO Gibbs's seasonal conker of a handbag (above), in silken spiky green case, will make you dance round it with glee. Find it at the Crafts Council's new show, "Satellites of Fashion" - objects that "orbit" the body, namely hats, shoes and bags. Featuring work by newcomers, it will also include such luminaries as Philip Treacy, John Lobb, Lulu Guinness and Patrick Cox.

Old stars make chart history

POP HISTORY was made yesterday when the entire top five of the singles chart was made up of new entries for the first time. But the top of the charts looked like a throwback, with the return of stars who first charted in the early Eighties - or earlier.

How to chat up a superstar

George Michael's done it. So has Noel Gallagher. It seems you can't log on these days without bumping into a celebrity in a chat room.

Film: Out of the closet, into the fire

`Out' is no longer cool in Hollywood, if ever it was. Take Anne Heche: a bankable star turned film promoter's nightmare.

We ask the questions (such as: You no longer take drugs or drink to excess. So, Boy George, name your vice)

How did you feel about playing the Albert Hall last night?

pounds 500 fine and community service for George Michael

GEORGE MICHAEL was fined $810 (about pounds 500) yesterday and ordered to perform 80 hours community service after the singer's lawyer entered a plea of no contest to a charge alleging he committed a lewd act in a Los Angeles park toilet. Michael did not appear at Beverly Hills Municipal Court.

The queen's English (part one)

AMW Actor/Model/Waiter. AMW also stands around Old Compton Street giving Attitude (see below) and asking if you'd like to see Today's Special. He means himself. Side orders include a Bisto tan, capped teeth and a personality disorder.

The Box: RAC to Rose's rescue

JEFFREY Rose, the former chairman of the Royal Automobile Club who was forced out of his job after he wrote to members urging them to make a cash killing by floating off the RAC rescue service, kept his rather grand Bentley as part of his leaving package. Unfortunately, last week it broke down three times. Ironically, it was those helpful men in an RAC van who came to his rescue each time. Now why did Jeffrey ever think he could make do without them?

Review: Poetry in perfectly balanced emotion

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

'I feel reckless... but I don't feel shame'

GEORGE MICHAEL yesterday publicly acknowledged his homosexuality for the first time following his arrest for an alleged sex act in a public toilet last week, writes Amanda Kelly.

Racing: Krispy Knight has bite in the mud

KRISPY KNIGHT, who is entered for The Derby, was just one of a number of wide-margin winners during the afternoon when landing the Easter Stakes over a mile in desperately heavy ground at Kempton yesterday. The John Hills-trained colt stormed home 13 lengths clear of Gurkha, a 2,000 Guineas entry, with Chester House, the 11-10 favourite and another who is in the Guineas, last of four.

Letter: A private affair

THERE is something tyrannical about the tone of John Lyttle's article on George Michael ("Why it's been a bad week for homosexuals", 9 April) and its underlying assumption that he should have come out ages ago and in effect has a duty to the gay community to do so.

Letter from the editor

IN Rosie's absence on a well-earned holiday in Normandy, I've had the pleasure of occupying the editor's chair these past few days. Pleasure is the wrong word: it has been a delight, not least because this has been one of those occasions when you feel privileged to have been a journalist, to have been a witness to history being made, to have brought momentous events into people's homes.

Finding private passion in a public place

Why is it that some gay men go in search of sexual encounters in lavatories?
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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

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