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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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.

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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

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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.

'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.

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.

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