Alison Steadman to play her mother in tonight's Little Crackers on Sky 1

Steadman stars in the drama she wrote herself about the day she met The Beatles in Liverpool aged 16

Benjamin Zephaniah, poet: 'Our political system is close to collapse. I want a new system that makes every vote count'

Honours refusenik Danny Boyle joins illustrious roll call of rebels...

In rejecting an honour Danny Boyle joins a select, and sometimes surprising group of individuals

Simon Calder: Romantic tales of America's airports

Will Rogers World may sound like a theme park dedicated to the cowboy celebrity, but it is actually an airport: a gateway to Oklahoma City. When you touch down, doff your Stetson to the statue of the man who had a foot in both stirrups – the Wild West and Hollywood – then track down the fascinating National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Before your flight home, the Route 66 Grille is waiting airside to provide a last taste of the city celebrated in song as "oh so pretty".

McDermid says: 'My five-year plan is to stay alive and write more books'

My Secret Life: Val McDermid, 57, author

'I wanted to be Joni Mitchell'

Observations: Lost recording of John and Yoko's passion for

A lost recording of John Lennon and Yoko Ono celebrating the release of one of the Sixties' most famous "political" prisoners over the phone has come to light, just as he appears at an anniversary concert in London.

For Ono's project <i>Smile</i> anyone is welcome to upload an image of their smirk, to create a

Heads up: Yoko Ono – To the Light

Cheer up! Yoko wants your smile at the Serpentine

Amy Winehouse's to-do list included 'buy flat in London, get teeth done...buy a sunbed'

Trending: Find human skull. Buy sunbed. To-do lists of the gifted

Towel? Check. Glasses? Check. Fine-tooth bone saw? Mustn't forget that. Leonardo Da Vinci, artist, scientist and keen dissector, was also fond of the to-do list. An example, from a 16th-century notebook, goes on display at Buckingham Palace next month. It includes a packing list for a study trip, as well as reminders to, among other things, "get anatomy books bound" and, "find a human skull".

Sea here: The view from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess

48 Hours: Bermuda

This fascinating Atlantic outpost combines colonial history with great beaches, as Simon Calder reveals.

Life through a lens: celebrity snapper Richard Simpkin poses with Pierce Brosnan (1995)

Snapshots of the changing face of fame

A new exhibition of star-hunter photos, faux movie star poses and archive magazine images turns the lens on our celebrity culture

The Saturday quiz answers

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Josie Long: The Future Is Another Place, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Last year Josie Long mixed whimsy with political awakening.

Andrew Martin: The comical crusader against clich&#233;

Our writer on the wit and wisdom of Robert Robinson

Jobs boost with new Ryanair routes

Up to 2,000 new jobs could be created after Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary announced a raft of new routes from Manchester Airport.

John Lennon album sells for 23k

An album signed by John Lennon hours before he was shot dead has fetched £23,750 at auction.

Steven Tyler wants 'enthusiastic' Aerosmith return

Steven Tyler hopes his autobiography will "jump start" Aerosmith into performing together again.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?