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I wager women think about sex just as much as men

The abuse to Charlene White shows the issue of wearing a poppy has become massively overblown

Her reasons for not wearing one on-screen are eminently reasonable

Government calls to curb cycle deaths

Drivers who kill or maim cyclists should face longer jail sentences, according to proposals submitted to the Government this week. Tougher sanctions, greater investment in routes for cyclists, and lower speed limits are among recommendations in a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, (APPCG).

Fit to Rule: How Royal Illnesses Changed History

Grace Dent on TV: Fit to Rule: How Royal Illnesses Changed History

The country's past rulers ate bulls' balls, burned heretics and shunned sex – and we think ours are a bad lot

Full pelt: Kit Harrington as Jon Snow

Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones

Take it from me, there's much more to Game of Thrones than gnomes bumming

The Newsroom, Sky Atlantic

Grace Dent on TV: The Newsroom, Sky Atlantic

If you find Sorkin's latest a bit trite, think on this: at least you're not watching Winter Wipeout

Lapel politics: Nick Clegg and David Cameron this week

Pin doctors: The art of 'lapel politics'

Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve – for today's politicos, it's all about the badge on your lapel

We need policy to stop cycle deaths, says C4 presenter

The Government has shown "no leadership" on cycle safety despite an alarming rise in cyclist deaths over the past year, it has been claimed.

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Heads up: Brighton Festival 2012

Soak up the politics and party action on the South Coast

DVD: Game of Thrones (18)

What in hell's teeth did we watch before HBO came along? Its latest is this saucy medieval fantasy drama, based on George R R Martin's bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, and while it may not be in quite the same league as The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, it's still considerably more gripping than your average British drama.

A Dance with Dragons, By George RR Martin

It is hard to accept that something that enormous and that popular can be as good as people tell you it is. A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin's vast fantasy epic – simply reading that phrase will close some minds instantly – has been appearing at irregular intervals since 1996. It is now being adapted as a television series. The first season, A Game of Thrones, recently aired on HBO and Sky Atlantic.

Why should we care about the suffering of Tamils?

On Tuesday 14 June, a shocking, heart-wrenching documentary was shown on Channel 4. ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’, broadcast just after 11pm, displayed what presenter Jon Snow described as “devastating evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and a powerful case for bring those guilty of these crimes to justice.”

Councils 'are turning blind eye' to rise of slum landlords

Children sleep within inches of fungi growing through walls. Immigrants live illegally in sheds in other people's back gardens. These are just two examples of the rise of slum housing in Britain, as individuals and local authorities struggle to cope with a 21st-century housing crisis which has led to unscrupulous "slum landlords" profiteering from society's most vulnerable.

Jon Snow: After half a century, a forgotten scourge is back

The housing charity Shelter estimates that there is a shortage of a million homes in the UK

Jon Snow backs 'Save our cyclists' campaign

Jon Snow, the Channel 4 newsreader and president of the national cyclists' organisation, CTC, has added his support to The Independent's "Save our cyclists" campaign, launched yesterday.

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