News Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

An awfully big adventure

Reliving a childhood dream can't come better than buying the house where JM Barrie created Peter Pan, says Penny Jackson

A day away with the fairies

Neverland comes to Kensington Gardens in London to mark the centenary of Peter Pan

Peter Pan, Savoy Theatre, London

Arts: Dance - The production that never grew up

PETER PAN / THE ATLANTA BALLET ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON

Tough new rules for showbiz high-flyers

THE ACROBATIC spectacular at the heart of the Millennium Dome show is being used to develop tough new regulations governing the theatrical use of wires and harnesses.

Theatre: The campaign for real panto

Children may love the glitz, noise, telly in-jokes, pop songs and pratfalls, but most adults endure pantos through gritted teeth. Wrong attitude. That's what it's all about - and it works. By Dominic Cavendish

Arts: Pantomime: Mother Goose stays fresh, but Peter Pan shows his age

MOTHER GOOSE KING'S THEATRE GLASGOW PETER PAN ROYAL LYCEUM EDINBURGH

Librarians have last word on millennial reads

LIKE MANY lists, it is an arbitrary selection. But the books chosen by Britain's chief librarians to take into the next millennium reveal a more eclectic choice than one might expect.

They may not be Old Masters, but they are about age

THE AGONY aunt Claire Rayner sees her impending old age as a tangle of large-print books, library tickets and indigestion tablets. Her husband, Des, prefers to think of the two of them sitting on a desert-island beach, gazing into the sunset.

Norway's new nightingale

Thanks to her child-like voice and airy-fairy songs, Anja Garbarek is often compared to Bjork. But her jazz-musician father has been her main influence.

Dance to the music of time; The Books Interview

A literary late-starter, Joan Brady caught up fast. So why does she shun books?

Theatre: Good Hook, but no catch

PETER PAN NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON

Peter Pan

There are a number of seasonal shows in London this month that will keep box-office attendants worked to the bone, but by far the biggest is Peter Pan (above), which Trevor Nunn has wisely brought back after a critically acclaimed, sell-out run last Christmas in order to see his second year off to a flying start. Like the puckish boy wonder at the heart of JM Barrie's classic tale, this revival of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1982 hit, originally directed by John Caird, has not aged in the least. Jonathan Dove's version pays due attention to the work's tacit proposition - that both growing up and remaining a child cause lasting emotional trauma - while John Napier's extraordinary revolving fantasy landscape, with its crocodile-infested lagoons, throws up images of Never Land that has even adults, according to Paul Taylor, fighting "a lump in the throat the size of one of Hook's cannonballs".

Theatre: Narnia: the expensive version

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE RSC, STRATFORD

Theatre: Debut: A magnificent day on the flying trapeze

The actor: Anna Carteret The place: The Scala Theatre, London The year: 1960
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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