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Another payday lender has been rapped for misleading advertising today.

Kerry Katona reveals her alcoholism

Kerry Katona has admitted for the first time she is an alcoholic, it has been reported.

Mark Steel: It's not about great men, but those who put them there

Millions now believe that their actions can change the world

Terence Blacker: When did bullying become acceptable?

It is a rather bewildering contradiction of our increasingly peculiar society that, while cruelty in everyday life is the subject of unprecedented disapproval, it is positively celebrated and encouraged in the world of entertainment.

D J Taylor: Beyond belief

The Bottom Line: Our commentator seeks out the truths behind seven days of ungodly transport, mouthy comics, flawed celebrity and a mauling by the Beast of Bolsover

Matthew Norman: Anyone would be better than Brown – even Kerry Katona

The mystery is why enough doubt persists for Charles Clarke to feel obliged to launch another Exocet

Editor-At-Large: Wake up Gordon and Nick, you've no idea about the cost of living

As families struggle to make ends meet in our failing economy, do our politicians need a reality check about ordinary lives?

Katona given two-week bankruptcy reprieve

Former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona was given a further two-week reprieve at the High Court today in her bankruptcy battle with the taxman.

Libel payout for Katona over 'prostitute' claim

TV personality Kerry Katona today accepted substantial undisclosed damages over a claim that she worked as a prostitute before becoming famous.

Celebrities face new degree of scrutiny

Female celebrities have long been the subject of public fascination. Now they have become a subject of fascination to academics. Sociologists have turned their collective grey matter towards fathoming the behaviour of Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and other women in the limelight.

King of tittle-tattle quits to reveal all

As Mark Frith steps down as editor of 'Heat', Katy Guest imagines how the title might report his passing

Deborah Orr: Even the French can't do presidential cavorting with any sense of style

So the highly conventional wisdom was right all along. People holding high political office really do need to be married. Look no further than Nicolas Sarkozy to see what can happen when a president is single. No one in the world – apart, perhaps, from the deluded Sarkozy himself – really believes his guff about standing against hypocrisy, because there's no hypocrisy involved in having a girlfriend when you are unattached. The hypocrisy comes when the entire culture colludes in helping politicians to hide things that they wish to hide.

Hermione Eyre: I have seen the future, and it is dark

It is clearly a very exciting time to be a computational cosmologist ... and that's before Lily Allen pops up

Decline and fall of the C-list female celebrity memoirs

The market in female celebrity biographies, which normally guarantee rich pickings at Christmas, has slumped as consumers turn their backs on C-list celebrity tales.

Role models of the year: Why it's Back to Black and back again for Amy

A celeb-land year is much shorter than a human one, so they have a lot to pack in
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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before