News Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

DVD: The Infidel (15)

"You find out you're Jewish and suddenly someone in uniform is leading you away," cries Muslim family man Mahmud when he's escorted from an East End town hall, after learning he was adopted from birth and is Jewish.

Dissidents condemned over police station attack

Political leaders today condemned dissident republicans believed to be responsible for a car bomb attack on a Northern Ireland police station.

'Illegal immigrants' held in nursing home raid

Thirteen suspected illegal immigrants have been detained following a raid at a nursing home, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said today.

Nuns on the run in protest at move to old people's home

Two French nuns in their eighties are on the run after refusing to accept an order by their mother superior that they should be transferred to live in a retirement home.

How the IVF revolution nearly didn't happen

Three decades after the first test-tube baby, report shows how pioneering doctors struggled for funding

Julie Burchill: If Eamonn can't see the funny side of fatness, he should lay off the pies

I know that we were meant to don black armbands and fly the flags at half-mast when Dawn French and Lenny Henry went bang, but personally I was pleased. I've had beef (and how fitting is that word, considering how fat we both are!) with that bitch since way back in the day, when I refused to be in a 1994 South Bank Show. This was some sort of celebration of morbid obesity – sorry, a "personal celebration of Big Women, drawing on art, photography, fashion, film and sculpture to ask why Big Women, who were revered and celebrated throughout the history of art, are now ignored by today's culture."

Day For Night, By Frederick Reiken

Frederick Reiken's haunting and ambitious new novel begins in Florida, then moves between America, the Caribbean and Israel. The title suggests illusion, paradox, the artifice used in film. As if to underline this, Reiken writes that "we comprehend that what we see will never coincide with absolute reality." Day for Night demands we trust the author from the off, as the narrative appears so random. The year is 1984. Dr Beverly Rabinowitz, her lover David and his 13-year-old son, are taken by a guide, Tim, to swim with wild manatees. It should be exhilarating but instead it feels sad. David has leukemia and has asked Beverly to adopt Jordan should he die.

The Road to Mecca, Arcola Theatre, London

Reviewed by Paul Taylor

Sex attacker jailed for hospital rape

A convicted sex attacker who raped a disabled woman in hospital while working as a healthcare assistant was jailed for public protection today, with a minimum term of six years.

French death toll from floods rises to 22

The death toll in flash floods in the hills above the French Riviera rose to 22 yesterday as new thunderstorms threatened the region and disrupted cleanup efforts.

Scope launches 'venture philanthropy' scheme

The disability charity Scope is launching the first leveraged, private equity-style financing for use in the voluntary sector today.

Ex-public schoolboy charged with prostitute murders

A former public schoolboy was charged tonight with the murder of three prostitutes.

DVD: Still Walking, For retail & rental (New Wave)

Hirokazu Kore-eda's Ozu-esque family drama takes place over a single day: the anniversary of the death of a favourite son.

My Life In Travel: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, interior designer and broadcaster

'I have rediscovered my Welsh roots'

Postgrad Lives: 'It's a hefty fee. So I'm working part-time to pay for it'

Marilena Gill, 34, is studying part-time for an MSc in environmental health at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol.

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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