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My island would be full of the divine sound of the ukelele

Clare Balding receives the special award for outstanding achievement in factual presenting, at the Bafta awards earlier this year (Ian West/PA)

Clare Balding’s grandma called her sexuality ‘disgusting’

BBC sports presenter reveals she stopped speaking to her grandmother for six months after it became public that she was gay

Ed Miliband told Kirsty Young his relationship with brother David was 'healing'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: From easy listening to tough love for Castaway Ed Miliband

The choices must have been his own rather than some party adviser’s because of the borderline naffness of some of them

Ed Miliband chose Robbie Williams' famous track 'Angels' as one of his songs for Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs: No regrets for castaway Ed Miliband who drops Beethoven for Edith Piaf

Three years ago when he was standing for his party’s leadership Ed Miliband was asked by a Labour website to choose his desert island discs.

Madeleine McCann investigation: Timeline in 'accepted version of events' was wrong, say police

A new reconstruction of her disappearance from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz  will be broadcast in a BBC Crimewatch appeal

Madeleine McCann: The girl was three when she was abducted during a family holiday in 2007

'The pieces of the jigsaw are fitting together': Madeleine McCann's parents 'encouraged' by new leads

Scotland Yard detectives working on the case say they have uncovered new lines of inquiry

'Sachsgate' row erupted because of bias against the BBC, says comedian Russell Brand

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs', Mr Brand described the row as a 'dishonest scandal'

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Supreme Court of the United States.

Dawn French: Though reassuringly not short on vitriol, the row with Dawn French took a uniquely long time to be aired in public

Dawn French reveals she nearly turned down The Vicar Of Dibley as she didn't think it was funny enough

Dawn French has revealed that she almost turned down her starring role in The Vicar Of Dibley because she did not think it was funny enough.

Australian comic Minchin makes a risqué castaway with sex doll suggestion

Listeners to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs could be left spluttering into their cornflakes this morning after castaway Tim Minchin suggested a robotic sex doll could be a good choice of luxury.

Diary: Coalition keeps its eye on the ball

The Government has helped to ensure there are no empty seats at the Olympics by buying 8,800 tickets, at a cost of just under £750,000, for ministers, civil servants, councillors, council officials and their guests.

The club's pool in New York

The quiet American making a big noise at Soho House

A billionaire pal of the Clintons has bought the elite chain of private members clubs

McIntyre hurt by 'nasty' remarks of fellow comics on awards night

The comedian Michael McIntyre has told how a career-capping night of triumph descended into "nastiness" that left him feeling wretched at an awards event in January.

Vaughan Williams wins first 'Desert Island Discs' vote

'The Lark Ascending' tops poll of 25,000 would-be castaways for special edition of Radio 4 show

Opera singer Boe bites the (tiny) hand that feeds him

The star of La Bohème picks rock classics over classic arias, to the dismay of others in the musical world
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada