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I wager women think about sex just as much as men

Breaking news: uncivil war breaks out at Channel 4

Journalists divided by plan to turn selected presenters into stars – and relegate others

John Lichfield: Poppies, patriotism and the souring of an honourable tradition

The scarlet poppy is a symbol of blood sacrifice and death; it is also a symbol of the stubborn renewal of hope and life

Video: Household names at a 'bring-a-thing-athon'

A new exhibtion, Things, at the Wellcome Collection, opens in London today.

The Turn of the Screw, Grand Theatre, Leeds<br/>Strange News, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Alessandro Talevi's high-risk production around an old four-poster pays off, with a terrific Opera North cast and an astonishing richness of sound

Zac Goldsmith's on-air row with Jon Snow

The Tory MP Zac Goldsmith engaged in a furious on-air row with the Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow last night over an investigation into his general election campaign spending.

BBC appoints two female newsreaders in their 50s

The BBC is poised to name Zeinab Badawi and Fiona Armstrong as two of its new over-50 female news presenters, in a bid to widen its talent roster and thwart allegations of ageism.

Brown rocked as aide quits over war

Former army officer resigns from Government with savage attack on conduct of conflict in Afghanistan

Channel 4 News: Newscasters with attitude

Led by presenter Jon Snow, Channel 4 News is the spikiest and most irreverent of news programmes. Ian Burrell visits the studio and hears from Snow and his colleagues how they outsmart their rivals and of their fears for the show's future

The woman trying to heal a broken Liberia

It is a country of three million people with no national telephone network, no running water, no electricity grid and no professional army. It has debts of $3.5bn (£1.8bn). Corruption is rife, 85 per cent of the population are unemployed, there are no bookshops and no cinemas.

Authors mourn takeover of Ottakar's

The future of the book-retailing landscape was rewritten yesterday after the independent book chain Ottakar's succumbed to a £62.8m takeover bid from its rival Waterstone's.

My Mentor: Bridgid Nzekwu on Peter Barron

'He was ready to advise, and to criticise without undermining my confidence'

'My editors tell me to tone it down...' but Snow still ploughs into Campbell

Fans of Jon Snow's famously iconoclastic style were not disappointed by his festival appearance, in which he ridiculed George Bush, castigated Alastair Campbell and came out in support of the former BBC correspondent, Andrew Gilligan, over the "dodgy dossier" incident on Radio 4. "The Gilligan thing - and again this is strictly between these four walls," he said, leaning forward conspiratorially. "What exactly did he get wrong?" There was applause. "The more we find out about it," he continued, "the more it seems we can now say with absolute confidence that the dossier was sexed up, and it was sexed up by Alastair Campbell. So sue me!"

Books: Lights, camera ... alliteration

Is it possible to merge poetry and film? John Tague goes to the Dome to find out

They may not be Old Masters, but they are about age

THE AGONY aunt Claire Rayner sees her impending old age as a tangle of large-print books, library tickets and indigestion tablets. Her husband, Des, prefers to think of the two of them sitting on a desert-island beach, gazing into the sunset.
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

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

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
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own