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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

Hazel Blears: You ask the questions

Is this the worst recession for 100 years? And what motorbike should I buy?

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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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.

The Killers, Royal Albert Hall, London<br>The Fall, Hove Centre, Hove

The Killers' flirtation with U2 goes on, but at least they've lost the beards
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?