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It's a theory that hasn't been proposed by politicians yet

Farmer's amazing maize maze is world-beater for one day only

A BRITISH turkey farmer will today unveil the world's largest maze built, or rather grown, from maize.

Arts: Why teenage is American

At least it is at the cinema. Our own teen movies have been dreadful ever since Cliff took his Summer Holiday. By Matthew Sweet

The rough with the smooth

Head to head Beards are back in fashion, but for some they will always be a thing of horror. Hirsute fashion guru Richard Benson takes on bristling broadcaster Sally Meen

Comment: Confessions of a TV hoaxer

FOLLOWING ALL the recent revelations about fake TV documentaries, I have a confession to make: I am not really a woman trapped in a man's body awaiting surgery and masquerading as a boy while dating a lesbian. I am an ordinary bloke, and I'm sorry that I misled you, Vanessa. I shouldn't have done it, but I was upset when your researchers turned me down for the necrophilia thing, after I'd lugged that coffin all the way up on the train from Bristol.

Peter York On Ads No 253: Weight Watchers - You don't have to be fat ...

Deep Fried Potato Wedges, with a figure like yours? Mais bien sur, when it's Heinz Weight Watchers Mexican Chilli. Weight Watchers have gone for the woman thing in their new commercial, with swirly whirly moody images, a variety of filters - red, blue, gold and green - and a variety of big thoughts about the elemental wonderfulness of women. It's got something of the look of the Red magazine launch ad, but prettier and less crazed.

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Boxing: Hamed tones down his act

PRINCE NASEEM HAMED, the WBO featherweight champion, has stepped in to tone down his macabre ring entrance in his title defence against Ireland's Wayne McCullough at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Atlantic City in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

BOXING: Hamed delayed by visa mix-up

BROADWAY AND the Boardwalk had to get on without Naseem Hamed yesterday after a visa mix-up left him in London. Instead of the Prince lording it before the American media, the World Boxing Organisation featherweight champion was trying to punch his way through red tape at the United States Embassy.

Cinema: An old trick, and no treat

Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later 18

Film: The sequel to end them all

Forget screaming girls, the real victims in slasher movies are the killers. A new Halloween tries to bring peace to the wicked.

First Night: Grotesquely appalling - but nobody does it better

Steve Coogan Lyceum Theatre London

The future of clubbing

Ibiza may still have its takers, but clubbers are finally losing patience with the formulaic dance scene. In its wake an alternative, 'intelligent' dance scene is emerging - and it's serious stuff. Howard Byrom reports

Omagh bomb: 29 years of bombing: too many deaths

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Music: Let the music speak for itself

They're the hottest act in the United States, with fans as obsessively loyal as the Dead Heads - but groovers and shakers don't want to know about the Dave Matthews Band.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform