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Credit Crisis Diary: 06/06/2009

Charity begins at a hedgie's home

To the ARK annual charity dinner, where City financiers are keen to prove that while they may be down, they're very much not out. The bash for children's charities was organised by Arpad Busson, the hedge fund manager, with the help of partner Uma Thurman, the actress.

Parties: Boho-toffs descend on Merriscourt for Flora Fairbairn's private view

Last weekend, 600 boho-toffs and their famous friends – including willowy model Saffron Aldridge – converged on the Oxfordshire hamlet of Merriscourt for the private view and party of London's über-connected art curator, Flora Fairbairn.

Party Of The Week: Beam us up to Skylon

After the London premiere of J J Abrams' must-see movie 'Star Trek' on Monday was the glitzy party at Skylon. Guests including Jonathan Ross and Jeremy Clarkson sipped Enterprise and Star Fleet cocktails. Many of the Enterprise crew turned up – Zachary Quinto (Spock) and screen siren Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Eric Bana (Nero), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu) and Karl Urban (Dr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy). Located within the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon overlooks the River Thames, with floor-to- ceiling windows.

Loo-ser! Pranksters trap Clarkson

Pranksters trapped Jeremy Clarkson in a portable toilet - and posted a video on the web to add to the embarrassment.

Sachs family 'flabbergasted' at Ross's TV Bafta nomination

Not so long ago, Jonathan Ross was the television world's persona non grata who had stepped over the line of decency after making a lewd phone call on a radio show. Yesterday, all was apparently forgiven when his television chat show was nominated for a Bafta award.

Revealed: producer of Top Gear drives a Honda Jazz

Andy Wilman tells Sean O'Grady of his economy drive – just don't let on to Jeremy Clarkson

Offended? You respond to Michael Bywater's attack on political correctness...

Think before you speak

What do anti-PC lobbyists want? The right to call out insults at every passing OAP, fat person, black person, veil-wearing person, disabled person? Will the new political correctness be unlimited offensiveness? Since when did the right to be as vilely insulting as one likes become the mark of an advanced society? If people want to go back to the days when landlords could advise, "No blacks, Irish or dogs" with impunity, just go on giving the foul-mouthed bigots a licence to present themselves as brave upholders of free speech. Otherwise, think before you speak.

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Hazel Blears: You ask the questions

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Mad Men: A true guilty pleasure

Its lack of political correctness is what makes it great, says Gerard Gilbert

Clarkson insults Brown's intelligence

He has jokingly referred tolorry drivers as men who "murder prostitutes", blamed this week's snow on "too many green people in the world not buying enough Range Rovers", and over the years has generally acted as a global ambassador for the politically incorrect.

‘Mr Loophole’ helps Fiennes escape driving prosecution

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has escaped prosecution over a speeding charge thanks to the efforts of the lawyer known as Mr Loophole.

Ross 'facing £4.5m pay cut'

Jonathan Ross faces a £4.5 million pay cut as part of the BBC's cost-cutting drive, it was reported today.

Dom Joly: I'm sick of mingling with the rich and famous

Finally, the breakthrough. After six years slogging away on the Cotswolds social scene desperately trying to avoid Ruby Wax and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, I get the call. I'm going to meet the kingpin, the head of the social salon: Jeremy Clarkson.

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