Arts and Entertainment The 1863 Football Association Minute Book contains the 13 original laws of football

The handwritten book by Ebenezer Cobb Morley contains the 13 original laws of football

Dance Review: Just one stiletto

Cinderella Piccadilly Theatre, London

Art: Britpack take to paint

Three Young British Artists are among the eclectic shortlist of contenders for the 1997 Jerwood Painting Prize, whose winner will be announced by Melvyn Bragg at 7.15pm tonight.

Barriers break as Britain embraces upward mobility

Class distinctions may exist but are not a block to reaching the top, according to a report. Michael Streeter looks at the debate over whether family background still matters in Britain.

And the word was with Norman

Norman Mailer in Conversation Curzon, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Rogers defends ITC licence proposals

Peter Rogers, chief executive of the ITC, said at the weekend, that the annual pounds 400m tax paid to the Government by the ITV companies "will fall somewhat", and that programme budgets would be taken into account in deciding licence fees.

The poem that stops Chris Smith's clock

Chris Smith, Britain's first openly gay Cabinet minister, reaffirmed his determination to remain up front about his sexuality yesterday when he revealed his favourite screen moments at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Radio: Boyle's plan: okay so far

What do we think of Radio 4? Here's an answer: it is as essential to our well-being as indoor plumbing. It is the wake-up call, the news, the opinion-former, the combatant, the preacher, the historian and the educator. It is the entertainer, the distracter, the interrupter, the comforter, the shocker and the shipping forecaster. It is provocative, elitist, argumentative, arguable, informative, inspiring, comforting and sedative.

The shock of the newish

It seems I can't turn my back for five minutes without them getting up to some mischief. No sooner were the bucket and spade packed than the rumours began to fly - The Archers to be relocated to a council estate outside Dudley, Melvyn Bragg to be publicly lobotomised, Woman's Hour to be turned over to letters from Penthouse readers' wives. It cast a shadow over the entire holiday, knowing that as soon as I returned I would have to call James Boyle into my study and subject him to rough handling about the schedules.

It's a longer Today for you and your Radio 4 listeners

Radio 4 listeners face the biggest shake-up in their listening habits since the station's birth after its controller revealed a complete revamp of its schedule yesterday.

Lord Booker and his prize: the plot thickens

Yesterday I brought you an extract from Arnold Feeney's new novel, Battle for the Booker, which is better than a Booker hopeful - it is actually about the Booker Prize itself! Such has been the enormous welcome that I am bringing you a second extract today.

Labour's celebrity followers rally to the hunting horn

Friedrich Engels, co-author of The Communist Manifesto, had no qualms about riding out with the Cheshire Hunt while studying the conditions of the English working class.

Theatre: Whale Riding Weather Drill Hall, London

When it comes to age, which box do you tick? Over 35? Honey, that's 80 in gay years. Gay stand-ups can be relied upon to run variations of that all-too-recognisable gag: gay culture is obsessed by the cult of youth. American theatre is a prime offender with successive successes built on built boys in nothing but a smile or, at most, a regulation pair of Calvin Kleins. It comes as a pleasant surprise therefore to find a gay play looking age straight in the eye.

Letter: Not this man

Michael Leapman includes me in a list of people who are in favour of the privatisation of Channel 4 ("TV bosses to lobby Labour...", 6 April). I am not.

TV bosses to lobby Labour to sell off C4 sell-off

SENIOR broadcasters are laying the groundwork for a campaign to persuade Labour, if it wins the election, to privatise Channel 4. To succeed, the campaigners would have to convince the new cabinet to reverse the party's stated policy towards a channel that even the Conservatives, despite temptation, had decided to keep in the public sector.

Blair's lords-a-leaping ready to bring down the house

Darling, tout London is talking about it. They say Tony Blair might have to create 80 new life peers if he wants control of the House of Lords. Why, the queue is already half way down Millbank!
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker