Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

Major backs minister as backbench unrest grows

THE Prime Minister yesterday continued his support for David Mellor, the Secretary of State for National Heritage. His officials said that there was no difficulty over Mr Mellor's acceptance of a gift of airline tickets from Mona Bauwens, for a holiday in Marbella.

A David among the legal Goliaths: William Leith went to hear the libel case brought by the daughter of a PLO man and found someone else's name echoing throughout the court

RICHARD STOTT, editor of the Daily Mirror, former editor of the People, and the defendant, took the stand. Rocking stiffly on his feet, he said: 'We are talking about the top Tory David Mellor. We are talking about David Mellor, David Mellor, David Mellor.'

Profile: Excuse me while I take you apart: George Carman QC, ultimate inquisitor

If there was one man in public life who had reason to be comforted by the lurching crisis that hit Britain's economy this week, it must surely be the minister of fun. For it was only that close shave with national ruin that knocked off the tabloid front pages another drama that was unfolding in the Strand: in the Gothic surroundings of Court No 11, Britain's most celebrated Queen's Counsel, George Carman, was demonstrating his skills in a libel case: 'Of course, politicians aren't angels, nor do we expect them to be,' he was saying of David Mellor. 'Marbella has sand, sea and sunshine and, if a politician goes there and - in the honest view of some - behaves like an ostrich and puts his head in the sand and thereby exposes his thinking parts, it may be a newspaper is entitled to say so.'

Mellor behaved 'like ostrich' over PLO link: Newspaper says article was justified comment on minister's behaviour. Andrew Gliniecki reports

A NEWSPAPER has the right to comment if it thinks a senior politician such as David Mellor behaves like an ostrich, puts his head in the sand 'and thereby exposes his thinking parts', a High Court libel jury was told yesterday.

Major 'must check if Mellor broke rules'

THE PRIME MINISTER was urged yesterday to investigate a possible breach of ministerial rules of conduct by David Mellor, the beleaguered Secretary of State for National Heritage.

Bauwens had 'nothing to be ashamed of': Relationship with Mellor 'misrepresented' in press

MONA BAUWENS, daughter of a leading figure in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, told a High Court libel jury yesterday she had nothing to be ashamed of in her friendship with the Secretary of State for National Heritage, David Mellor, and his family.

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