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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."

The Feral Beast: BBC takes the 'TMS' cake away from Selvey

'Guardian' cricket correspondent Mike Selvey has been dropped as a commentator from 'Test Match Special' after 24 years. The news came as a surprise to Selvey, a former England cricketer who only last winter was reassured he was a crucial part of TMS. "I am disappointed," he says. "Once upon a time TMS was part of a great tradition of BBC radio. But they are bringing in commentators with little knowledge of the game, especially of the cadences of Test match cricket." His departure will be a great disappointment to fans of Selvey's lugubrious manner. A BBC spokesman confirms the move, saying the aim is to "refresh the team", which is to include ex-England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart.

Strong & tough? Milky Bar Kid Miliband turns fire on Brown

David Miliband signalled his prime ministerial ambitions with a 48-hour media blitz last week. It was bold, and won him acclaim. But his critics say he has miscalculated. Jane Merrick reports

Brown to resist backbench calls to sack Miliband

Gordon Brown will reject calls from Labour MPs for him to sack David Miliband after he refused to pledge his unqualified support for the Prime Minister.

Brown urged to sack 'duplicitous' Miliband

Two Labour backbenchers today called on Gordon Brown to sack David Miliband, as speculation increased about the Foreign Secretary's leadership ambitions.

Paperback: My Life on a Hillside Allotment, by Terry Walton

A sort of real-life Bert Fry from The Archers, Terry Walton was an unassuming allotment gardener for 50 years before he was "adopted" by Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show. His self-conscious mix of recipes, tips and guides to Welsh life in this book will annoy as many as it enthralls, but you've got to love anyone who can get the word "greenhouse" into a poem.

Terence Blacker: When refusing to repent is considered suspect

It was, on reflection, not such a good idea for Sebastian Horsley, the English artist and decadent, to fly into New York on a publicity tour during Easter week. It was six years ago that he acquired a certain notoriety by having himself crucified in the Philippines. Although he has no religious pretensions other than ardent self-worship – far from dying for the sins of others, he lives for his own – such behaviour tends to go down rather badly in America, particularly among immigration officials.

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Her first novel was set against the pungent backdrop of Victorian London's sewers, her second in the filth and squalor of the 18th century.It wasn't intentional, protests Clare Clark - the research just took over

Corinne Bailey Rae: Sweet soul sensation

The velvet-voiced Corinne Bailey Rae doesn't want to be a pop star, but when your fans include Burt Bacharach and the Arctic Monkeys, it's kind of inevitable. She talks to Alexia Loundras

BBC jumps on book-club bandwagon with new show

A NIGELLA LAWSON cookery book, an Ian Rankin thriller and a debut novel by a Cambridge undergraduate are among 24 books to be featured in a new television book club, which the BBC insists will not be a "copy cat" version of the successful Richard & Judy reading group.

Lovers, brothels and modern hypocrisy

It was odd to invite a sex maniac on a family show on Radio 2, but to apologise was pathetic

Talking up a good story

Jeremy Vine has helped to revitalise Radio 2. But does he have what it takes to step into Michael Parkinson's shoes? Gerard Gilbert asks him
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