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Sir Steve Redgrave in dig at Clarkson's BBC earnings

Five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave has criticised Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's earnings.

Suicidal thoughts make Springsteen a better role model than happier folk

Tim Lott: You've got to fight for your right to frown

Our writer is sceptical about those who find it easy to be happy

Kate's ex, Jefferson Hack, is editing Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Publishing: A model ex – well played, Kate Moss

I can't think of many people who'd be happy that their ex-partner was working on a book about them. I certainly wouldn't be keen to hear that any of my exes were planning to publish.

The list of things which are not 'morally wrong' to David Cameron includes nepotism and patronising female MPs

A list of things that aren't "morally wrong" to David Cameron

1 Not tipping (especially in Italian cafes)

Ed Miliband widens Scottish independence debate

Labour leader Ed Miliband will argue today that the whole of the United Kingdom needs to be involved in the debate over Scotland's potential independence.

Simon Kelner: We're simply not made for this bothersome weather

Why is the automatic assumption in Britain that hot, sunny weather is a good thing? The newspapers are filled with pictures of people (perhaps, more correctly, I should say young women) frolicking in the sea at Brighton, with triumphal headlines saying it's hotter here than Marbella. Or was it Mars? Glorious day, strangers say, by way of a greeting. And there is a common belief that sunshine puts everyone in a good mood.

A A Gill Is Further Away: Helping With Enquiries, By A A Gill

Travelling gracelessly with A A Gill

Paddington bear to star in new film by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

Paddington Bear is swapping darkest Peru for the bright lights of Hollywood after plans were announced to bring the character to the big screen.

Pippa Middleton has opted to employ a PR adviser

Public relations: This time it's personal

It's not just celebrities who require advice on how to present the best image. Dominic Prince on the rise of PR in business, law and (near) royalty

Terence Blacker: Trolls and micro-skirts are our brand

Heaven knows, one tries to enter into the spirit of things at moments like these. The Queen's Jubilee. The Olympics. The great "Hurrah for Great Britain!" that will soon be echoing around the world. It is going to be tough, though. TV ads promoting the national brand have begun to appear. There are picnics, laughing, glossy people on a village green – modern, yes, but with a touch of that all-important national heritage in the background.

Alastair Campbell is to make his debut as a guest host on the satirical quiz show

Alastair Campbell to host Have I Got News For You

The former Downing Street spin doctor Alastair Campbell is to make his debut as a host on satirical panel show Have I Got News For You.

Letters: Lessons from Ireland on planning

I was born and raised in rural Ireland where there are relatively few protections afforded to the countryside. The result is rural areas blighted by indiscriminate housing and poorly applied planning rules, ie – exactly what Michael McCarthy (22 March) and others are afraid will happen in the UK.

Clarkson discussing Wednesday’s strikers, said on The One Show: 'I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families'

BBC boss Mark Thompson sank Jeremy Clarkson satnav deal

The decision to reverse Jeremy Clarkson's deal to record a voiceover for a Top Gear satnav went to the very top of the BBC when director-general Mark Thompson "intervened", according to a report published today.

Jeremy Clarkson doubled his pay to more than £2m through his work with the BBC last year

Ofcom: Jeremy Clarkson's 'shoot striking workers' remark did not break rules

Jeremy Clarkson's comment that striking workers "should be shot" did not breach broadcasting regulations, Ofcom ruled today.

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan

Matthew Norman: The minister who decided it was the right time to sell up

Raw courage being the extreme political rarity it is, we celebrate it where we may. So a deafening bravo to the Welsh Secretary, Cheryl Gillan. With bravery bordering on recklessness, it emerges, Cheryl sold her constituency home in Amersham in November, despite it standing 500 yards from the newly announced rail link HS2 (not to be confused with David Miliband, who is of course R2D2).

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there