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Where are you now and what can you see?

I’m at the BBC recording Front Row and apparently I’m looking at a brass bust of Henry Wood. The statue is in the foyer.

'Stig' identity case reaches High Court

A bid to prevent the revelation of the identity of Top Gear's mystery driver The Stig began in private at the High Court today.

Boyd Tonkin: Wylie's proposition looks full of holes. Does he care? I doubt it

In Homer's epic, Odysseus is a cunning trickster who has a knack of duping monsters and outwitting giants. They huff and puff, but he always comes out ahead. In the few days since news emerged that super-agent Andrew Wylie is to bypass publishers with his own bespoke list of "Odyssey Editions" e-books, the Homeric parallel has held.

Diary: Goalless Rooney dropped

England's World Cup exit is having a convulsive effect on the publishing trade. Remember Wayne Rooney's staggering £5m deal with HarperCollins in 2006, to produce five volumes of autobiography over the course of his career (His agent said it would be "like the Star Wars series")? One of the tomes was to be a diary of the lads' glorious 2010 campaign in South Africa. Only now that the shirty Number 10 is sunbathing in Barbados without a single goal to his name, the book has been quietly shelved. It's unfortunate: an insider's account of the dysfunctional England camp would doubtless make compelling reading, which is why Fabio Capello has already been offered £1m for his side of the story – and nobly declined, preferring his FA salary. It's also, we must assume, the reason another HarperCollins title, Why England Lose, is climbing the charts, and was just named The Bookseller magazine's book of the week. Meanwhile, Totally Frank, the memoir of Rooney's fellow mis-firer Frank Lampard, has been appearing on booksellers' websites under the title "Totally Rank". A mistake, apparently.

The 50 best Mother's Day treats

Need gift ideas for the mum who has everything? Rhiannon Batten suggests perfect pampering products, memorable meals and wonderful weekends away

Internet prompts the publishing itch in over-60s

The Internet is helping older British readers rekindle a love of books and writing, and an overwhelming majority of senior citizens see the medium as a positive development, according to a survey.

Apple expected to release tablet on 27 January

Apple will host a special event on 27 January where it is widely expected to unveil its tablet computer, as the company looks to extend its hot hand into a brand new product category.

The Diary: The Enchanted Pig, Delaroche, Sarah Palin, Ruth Padel and Spencer Tunick's 'naked' installations

When playing a pig is no fairy tale

Swine flu threatened to hamper the progress of the Royal Opera House's rehearsals of 'The Enchanted Pig', Jonathan Dove's opera for children, which opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 11 December.

Sarah Palin 'going rogue' with early memoir release

Sarah Palin, last year's Republican vice-presidential candidate who became a figure of global fascination, is to release her memoir just four months after her book deal was announced.

How to build a treehouse

Let's be blunt. Building a decent treehouse is really hard. It takes something like 60 man hours start to finish and costs more than £100 in wood and materials. In other words, it's a job for dads. We are well aware of the satisfaction gained from nailing bits of wood to a tree, but for something that looks right, is strong and safe and will last more than just a few months, you need a bit more than that.

Credo: Guillermo del Toro

Film-maker/writer, 45

Jade Goody final months to be chronicled in new book

The final months of Jade Goody’s battle with cancer are to be detailed in a new book.

Rising Star: Camilla Lackberg

Just at the moment, many economists must be pondering an alternative profession. Camilla Läckberg proves the benefits of making that break.

Hot property – boy, 9, who wrote 'How to Talk to Girls'

In the world of boy-meets-girl dating, you don't have to be old – or even the right side of puberty – to be wise. This we know from the newfound fame of nine-year-old Alec Greven from Colorado, author of America's latest self-help book that is now set to become a major Hollywood film, How to Talk to Girls.

Film biographies: Stars and gripes

Christopher Fowler finds more to enjoy in the biographies of cinema's older generation

The truth about Brown and Mandelson

<b>Donald Macintyre: </b>Their relationship has always been more complex than the caricatures suggest
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