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"I must go to bed now as we have an early start in the morning," wrote 12-year-old Joyce Henderson in her diary on 31 Aug 1939. "Tomorrow, I become an evacuee and it's all because of something called war."

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Vanessa Feltz is to join BBC Radio 2 to take over the early breakfast show slot vacated by Sarah Kennedy.

The Week In Radio: It's all clicking into place for the silver surfers

The Archers, which was originally founded to impart Government advice about the turnip crop and the prospects for pig farming, has been dispensing some less rural tips recently. Peggy has been learning to surf the web – an activity almost guaranteed to end in the arrival of a romantic stranger in Ambridge. This storyline is in fact a not-too-disguised part of the latest BBC public information campaign to target the Digitally Disadvantaged. That's not those of us who regularly fritter vast chunks of our time on Facebook and email, but the nine million people who have never got online at all. Now a campaign called First Click has been devised to drag them into the 21st century.

Trail of the unexpected: The M25

Leave rush hour behind for a day out on London’s mighty ring road. Simon Calder fires up the Focus

Radio 2's Jeremy Vine reports stalker to police

Police are investigating complaints made by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine that he was the victim of a stalker.

William Hague: Making private matters public 'not easy'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said today his decision to publicly deny speculation about a gay affair with an aide was "not an easy thing to do".

It's the way he tells them... Vine's joke is Edinburgh's best

Analysing humour, it has been said, is a bit like dissecting a frog. You can do it – but the frog dies in the process. So it is probably not wise to try to explain exactly why a one-liner by Tim Vine has been named as the best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Backbenchers' revolt succeeds in watering down reforms to CGT

A controversial rise in capital gains tax to pay for an increase in the income tax threshold will be announced in next week's Budget, David Cameron confirmed yesterday.

BP bosses attend crunch talks with Obama

BP bosses were attending crunch talks with US President Barack Obama today amid growing anger in Washington over the handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Randall and Rentoul unleashed: Election Oscars 2010

Debate continued until the early hours, so tight was the battle, but, finally, Gillian Duffy and Gordon Brown stood out from the crowd

Joan Smith: In the studio, in the House... where are all the women?

Was it a virus? Something weirdly gender-specific that incapacitated women for the duration of the election campaign? Day after day I turned on the television to find men interviewing men, men arguing with men, and men sitting on panels with men.

DJ Taylor: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

From a flustered Fiona to bubbling Brucie, the BBC rolled out its big guns and paraded celebs. ITV, meanwhile, was busy getting the election news first

Do we really need to watch the election in HD? According to Sky News we do

For an election as closely run as this one seems likely to be, a single Swingometer was never going to be enough. So 55 years after the first prototype was introduced to illustrate the change in voting patterns in Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test, the BBC will be deploying three Swingometers to interpret the latest news from the nation's polling stations.

It was a day like any other campaign day. Then Mrs Duffy took to the stage

After insult is caught on microphone, PM is forced to embark on apology dash

The Week In Radio: Is there no escape from the E word?

We can't be talking about this for a whole month, said an exasperated John Humphrys on day one of the election campaign proper. Oh yes you can, John, indeed the amount of talking about it could probably fill many months laid end to end. Perhaps all the hot air will vaporise into Radio 5 Live's ingenious "Election word cloud". When I first heard about this I imagined some kind of Swiftian conceit – a giant balloon inflated with invective and tweets and euphemisms for "savage cuts" drifting across the land. It turns out to be an interactive application that assembles all the words spewed by politicians on 5 Live and then sorts them in order of size. Why you would want to know this, who can say, but last time I looked, the big word was economy, obviously.

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