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

The dream that died

THEATRE: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Almeida, London

The right to leave a living death

In the guise of humanity, we torture the very old with a painful, drawn-out extinction after they have outlived their senses

For those with Beryl on the sea

Peter Parker reviews an exhilarating new novel about the Titanic disaster; Every Man For Himself by Beryl Bainbridge Duckworth, pounds 14.99

Spike rallies to the little people

If you believe in fairies, then clapping your hands is not enough. Spike Milligan, playing fairy godmother instead of Goon, wants you to write a cheque.

Week in week out

Today Henley Regatta first took to the water in 1839, when the action was on the river rather than in the hospitality tents. Another Thames fixture, Jerome K Jerome, who wrote the classic Three Men in a Boat, laughed his last in 1927.

Lost boys will be boys

Something's bugging modern man. He's confused, he's irresponsible, he's immature. Mark Simpson argues that our culture offers boys no inducement to grow up

Kapow! With one bound he was free

Dirk Maggs's radio productions may do for audiobooks what talkies did for silent movies. Christina Hardyment met the sonic tornado

Theatre Peter Pan West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

'John Padden's excellent Peter is a spirited, careless boy, but he also carries in his countenance an ineradicable sense of sorrow that he cannot comprehend'

A Duchess still, but not moving

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The childhood they never had

INVENTING WONDERLAND: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Jim Barrie, Kenneth Graeme & A A Milne by Jackie Wullschlager, Methuen pounds 25

The writers who could not grow up

Michele Roberts digs deep into the fantasies behind the "golden age" of children's literature; INVENTING WONDERLAND: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, JM Barrie, Kenneth Grahame and AA Milne Jackie Wullschlager Methuen pounds 25

critic's choice FILM

An Awfully Big Adventure

BOOK REVIEW :A family romance

A SPELL OF WINTER Helen Dunmore Viking £15

Obituary: Anona Winn

THE OBITUARY of Anona Winn (by June Averill, 18 February) was rightly enthusiastic about this diminutive star's long contribution to British radio from Savoy Hill days onwards, writes Peter Cotes. Moreover, it served to remind us of the considerable number of Australian entertainers who have enhanced BBC radio series by their presence - Anona was but one of those who made the war years brighter by their unique talents, especially to the lighter side of life, including Dick Bentley, Kitty Bluett, Wilfrid Thomas, Michael Charlton, Joy Nichols, Roger Cook and of course, not always generally remembered, Ted Kavanagh (creator of ITMA), who was one of the funniest Irish Australians of them all.
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