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The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

David Cameron is meeting Google's executive chairman at the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group

David Cameron avoids taxing questions for Google boss despite new whistleblower

Eric Schmidt wasl not be grilled on corporate taxes when he visited No 10 but former executive says he has 100,000 emails showing how search giant has ‘cheated’ UK taxpayers

Have the years mellowed Julie Burchill's other great enmities?

Julie Burchill should be free to offend

Her piece had been written. It's been approved. It's been published. It has rolled off the printing presses several hundred thousand times over. Why 'withdraw' it?

My Big Fat Quiz of the Year and a case of entirely confected outrage

You might not have found Jack Whitehall's jokes amusing, but that's no reason to send in a complaint. We must defend the right of comics to say what they like

Complaints to Ofcom about Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of The Year - do you think they took it too far?

Big Fat Quiz Of The Year has reportedly sparked Ofcom complaints after some believed the comedians to have taken it too far.

Page 3 Profile: Jack Whitehall, comedian

The King of Comedy?

Jack Whitehall, James Corden, Jonathan Ross and Jimmy Carr got into trouble for cracking off-colour jokes about the Queen

The Big Fat Quiz: what was offensive was the lack of funny, not the lack of taste

Ever since “Sachsgate”, certain areas of the press have been waiting for another opportunity to put the boot into modern comedy for its lack of reverence.

Wisecracks, drum solos and star turns

Combining stand-up with jazz is a winning formula, says Alice Jones

The Horne Section: Wisecracks, drum solos and unusual celebrity star turns

Combining stand-up with jazz is a winning formula, says Alice Jones

UK Sale: £1.2bn... UK Tax: £0

David Cameron hints at move to claw back tax money from Starbucks, Apple, Google, Facebook and eBay

David Cameron hinted at fresh moves to claw back extra taxes from major companies such as Starbucks, Apple, Google, Facebook and eBay which are alleged to have avoided £900m in payments to the Treasury.

Colbert, 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are on a roll. In the past 10 months, they've opened three major restaurants in central London. The Delaunay flung its doors wide in the Aldwych in early December; its black marble pillars, station clock and calorific cake trolley shouted Vienna in its heyday.

Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city

Biggest-ever Fringe gets underway in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe opens today with a record number of performances.

Patrick Strudwick: Those badminton match-throwers deserve a medal

Anarchy has entered the Olympic Park, and I applaud it loudly. This time, it wasn’t the fleeting appearance of the Sex Pistols that flickered subversion. It was eight badminton players, losing deliberately.

John Simpson and his wife, Dee Kruger, owned their house through an offshore company

John Simpson reveals he was a tax avoider – but he's not any more

Multi-million-pound London home of BBC World Affairs Editor was owned through a company in the Bahamas

Ed Miliband mocks David Cameron over Jimmy Carr tax row

David Cameron was accused of using his attack on the tax affairs of comedian Jimmy Carr as a distraction from the G20 summit's failure to secure a route out of the economic crisis.

HMRC workers strike over job cuts

Tax offices were closed today and calls to telephone inquiry lines were met with a recorded announcement because of a strike by tens of thousands of Revenue and Customs (HMRC) workers.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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