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

Peter Pan flies into controversy

THE Thought Police were out again in Long Island at the weekend. They managed to prevent schoolchildren from performing Peter Pan on the grounds that is offensive to Native Americans in its use of such words as 'redskin' and a song entitled 'Ugh a Wugha'.

BOOK REVIEW / From Peter Pan to Casualty: Tom Hiney on Richard Powers' epic and furious novel about our freaked-out future: 'Operation Wandering Soul' - Richard Powers: Abacus, pounds 9.99

IN THESE celebrity-hungry days, a lot of talentless people make it into the household name database. Yet here is Richard Powers; angry, eloquent, streetwise, funny and still generally unknown outside 'Contemporary American Literature' courses. His new novel, Operation Wandering Soul, is a thumpingly good book.

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WACKO JACKO and Peter Pan are fantastic fictions. Reflected in the persona of Michael Jackson, they offered us a picture - a pale- faced boy locked in the body of a black man - which repressed and yet reiterated sex and race. The body is where race and sex meet. The sexual scandal that has provoked Michael Jackson's current crisis brings him back to that place. His celebrated secrecy has been detonated by the allegations of a real boy.

Media: Talk of the Trade: Hooked by fantasy

PLENTY of people still believe in fairies, evidently. The newest figures for video sales (January to March 1993) show the usual crop of pop music performances and blood and guts films. But what is keeping the latest Lethal Weapon film off the top of the chart? Disney's Peter Pan, which has notched up sales of a million.

Outside Edge: 'Dodo' means 'Clive Paton' in Russia. Here it means 'dead box-office'. Sabine Durrant reports

WHEN Clive Paton goes to Russia, there's a delegation to meet him at the airport. A convoy of limousines and interpreters sweep him to the press conference, to the television station, to the best hotel. Later he'll be taken to the theatre to admire his name in lights ('Welcome to our theatre, Dear Clive Paton' it might say). And then it's on to another. And another . . .

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