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A comedy video where a man mimics the way a number of wild animals eat took the top slot with 88 million views

Peter Andre fights back tears at possibility of Alex Reid and Katie Price adopting his children

Peter Andre fought back tears today as he stormed: "No one is going to take my kids away from me".

Susie Rushton: Enjoy the travel chaos while it lasts

So you left the house yesterday and something like this happened: Your feet slithered about on the pavement, either causing you to skid and fall, painfully, or almost fall, making your stomach lurch. Yet you trudged on, resolutely, feeling like Viggo Mortensen in those posters for The Road except without small child to lean on for balance.

2020 vision: Price-erian authors prosper as the latest technology beams bestsellers straight on to the retina

The second decade of the 21st century started in a perilous place for traditional book publishing. Apple launched its Tablet early in 2010, rendering all 2009's e-reader Christmas presents immediately obsolete as users realised that you could download literature on to a wireless device without wanting to bang your head repeatedly against 70 copies of War and Peace. In winter 2010, e-books reigned and so-called Dead Tree Books were burned all over the country in an effort to conserve oil resources. But an unexpected glitch in the technology meant that the Tablet accidentally censored e-copies of Steve Jobs' autobiography, deleting all evidence of the Apple boss's personality from users' blink-proof screens.

The Second Sex, By Simone de Beauvoir trans. Constance Borde & Sheila Malovany-Chevallier

When Simone de Beauvoir wrote in The Second Sex that "one is not born, but rather becomes, woman", she was not thinking about the physical transformations which would one day produce a Katie Price. The process Beauvoir had in mind was the way civilisation produced "this intermediary product between the male and the eunuch that is called feminine". But cosmetic surgery is merely a recent addition to that process, reiterating that femaleness on its own is never enough; in the 21st century, some women feel they have to resort to ever more extreme methods to declare themselves truly feminine.

Joan Smith: If Sally Bercow were a bloke, she could be Mayor of London

She admits she drank too much at Oxford, had one fling after another in her twenties, and makes no secret of her political ambitions. After acknowledging all that in a newspaper interview, can Sally Bercow expect us to take her seriously? The Conservative MP Nadine Dorries certainly thinks not.

Big Brother tops Internet search chart

Audiences have fallen and its days are numbered but Big Brother was the UK's most popular Yahoo! internet search of 2009, figures showed today.

Hollywood star George Hamilton quits I'm A Celebrity

George Hamilton has quit I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! after more than two weeks in the jungle, ITV confirmed.

I'm a celebrity memoir...get me out of here!

Slump in sales suggests ghost-written confessionals are past their sell-by-date

Katie Price: I've split with cage fighter boyfriend Alex

Katie Price revealed she had split up with boyfriend Alex Reid after telling how her I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! experience reminded her of Peter Andre.

One trial too many as Katie Price quits jungle

Katie Price fled the I'm A Celebrity jungle, ITV said today.

Amy Jenkins: We can't help ourselves: our love affair with skinny just goes on

In a brief interview with Women's Wear Daily, Kate Moss talks repeatedly about making jam.

Jordan back in celebrity jungle 'for closure'

Katie Price revealed that her return to I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is to achieve closure on her "fairytale" romance with ex-husband Peter Andre.

Dwight Yorke: Southgate got a huge break – why didn't I?

The Brian Viner Interview: After single-handedly turning Sir Alex Ferguson's hair grey, the former Manchester United striker thinks he's ready to run a big club. He speaks about race, women and his drinking adventures with Brian Lara
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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project