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.

BOOKS / W H Smith / IoS Family Book Quiz: Winners & Answers

We had a very good response to the W H Smith / IoS Family Book Quiz (21 November 1993), with more than 50 correct entries, so the winners and runners-up were drawn out of a hat.

Peter Pan frozen in a frame of innocence

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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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

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Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

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British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

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UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London