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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Anthony Hilton: SFO is in a hole but it just goes on digging

There is surely something flawed in the decision by the Serious Fraud Office to hire Slaughter & May, the most expensive solicitors in London, to lead its defence against the action for wrongful arrest and damages brought by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz.

Portsmouth slide down South Coast hierarchy

Bournemouth 2 Portsmouth 0

Cole is set to win his 100th England Cap against Brazil

Ashley Cole not interested in being 'loved' ahead of 100th England cap

Left-back will start against Brazil tonight

David Beckham is unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player by the club president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, and director of football, Leonardo

David Beckham to give £4m PSG salary to children's charity

Former England captain joins super-rich Paris club on five-month deal - but could earn from merchandising

The moment when a woman finds out she is going to become a grandmother for the first time.

Video: Woman's reaction to becoming a grandmother goes viral

A video of a woman finding out that she is going to become a grandmother for the first time has become an internet hit.

Searching for tax help online? Beware of results

The 31 January self-assessment deadline is rapidly approaching – but anyone seeking last-minute help from HM Revenue & Customs could be tricked into paying out for free information.

Five-Minute Memoir: Charity Norman recalls a very bad day at the Bar

It was a Friday morning, almost a quarter of a century ago, and my clerk had sent me to a far-flung Crown Court. I'd been on my professional feet only a matter of weeks; my wig was still dazzlingly white.

Former England coach Duncan Fletcher’s standing has fallen dramatically since he took charge of India in April of last year

Fletcher's stony silence speaks volumes about India's decline

Coach steers clear of media and cannot persuade team to care enough about Tests

Chalk Talk: GCSE reforms won't win Gove many friends in high places

It doesn't really come under the heading of a good day to bury bad news. However, Education Secretary Michael Gove's spat with the exams regulator Ofqual over his planned GCSE reforms escaped the oxygen of too much publicity – emerging as it did on the day Chancellor George Osborne delivered his pre-budget statement.

Smiths News extends deal with IPC

Smiths News, Britain's biggest distributor of magazines and newspapers, has signed a five-year deal with media giant IPC, worth £154m a year in revenues until 2019.

Simon English: Will Tucker show new boy Carney the ropes?

Outlook Spare a thought for Paul Tucker, who had every reason to think he was a shoo-in to replace Sir Merv at the helm of the Bank of England, an institution he understands as well as anyone.

The spoof 'sexiest man alive' story as it appears on 'The Onion' website

Reporting: The news outlets that can't handle the spoof

Who gets your vote for sexiest man alive? Ryan Gosling? Johnny Depp? What about George Clooney? Well, The Onion went with the less chiselled, but more powerful, Kim Jong Un, dictator of North Korea. "Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, that famous smile," read the article.

Daily Mail targets Sir David Bell in pre-emptive strike

The objectivity of the Leveson Inquiry was questioned in articles across 12 pages of the Daily Mail, with one of the inquiry's assessors, Sir David Bell, accused of belonging to an "incestuous network" involving left-wing political, business and financial links that are backing statutory control of Britain's press.

France's President, François Hollande, defends his first six months in office in the face of plunging national approval ratings

New style, new slogans, no new policies: Hollande tries to start again

President François Hollande attempted to re-launch his struggling presidency last night by promising to re-build a strong France for a "new generation" and a "new world".

When did Islamophobic attacks become the norm for the French media?

The right wing media have hijacked France's proud secularist tradition and turned it into an attack on muslims

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