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Creators claim that  “the name ‘Coinye’ is intended solely as parody, not an indication or implication of endorsement or involvement"

Meltdown: Supergrass/Bobby Conn, Royal Festival Hall, London

Last of the Britpop heroes

Flat Earth: Snorting with rage

"There ought to be limits to freedom," says George W. Bush. The reason for this extraordinary outburst? Yet another website sending up the Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination. If you go to www. gwbush.com you see an obviously fake image of Mr Bush with a straw up his nose, inhaling lines of white powder. This, needless to say, is not his official campaign site .

Boxing: Time for the heavyweights to pack a serious punch

THE ONLY punishment two long-retired professional fighters, Dave Smith and Richard Atkins, give and take these days is on the presently leaf-strewn fairways of Shortlands golf club in Kent. More to the point, they won't be climbing from their beds in the early hours of Sunday morning to watch Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield tussle for the undisputed heavyweight championship live on Sky television.

Letter: Off with his head

THE FAMOUS parody of AE Housman ("What, still alive at twenty- two./ A clean, upstanding chap like you?") was written by Hugh Kingsmill, not by Henry Reed as Gilbert Adair states (The Guillotine, Culture, 1 August). It was published in Kingsmill's The Table of Truth,a volume of parodies that appears to have been at least as influential as Max Beerbohm's A Christmas Garland since many of its subjects, from Lytton Strachey to HG Wells, have recently featured in Mr Adair's series of "Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last".

Sport on TV: The pathetic parody of a professional football fan

IF CHARLIE WHELAN is attempting to leave spin-doctoring behind and forge a new career as a media front man, his appearance on Leviathan (BBC2, Thursday) was the equivalent of phoning work from an Amsterdam brothel.

You couldn't make it up

Monica in a sex comedy romp? Smart girl, says Cayte Williams - there's money to be made in self-parody

First Night: Look back in perplexity at a parody that hides the heroics

'PLENTY' ALBANY THEATRE LONDON JONATHAN KENT'S fluent, visually impressive revival of Plenty, David Hare's iconic 1978 play, does not buck the trend of casting non- English actresses in the daunting central roles.

Words: lounge, v. and n.

THE NEW vogue for the LP In the Lounge with Andy Williams surprises nobody more than the singer: "I used to dread the lounge. If you didn't make it, you ended up singing in the lounge. You know, `lounge' isn't where you want to be."

Obituary: Eric Ambler

EVERYONE SEEMS to have forgotten - perhaps they never realised - that Eric Ambler had a sense of humour, writes Jack Adrian [further to the obituary by James Pettifer, 24 October]. In his many obituaries all the usual suspects (as it were) were trotted out: fear and paranoia . . . left-wing sympathies . . . Mask of Dimitrios . . . carefully polished sentences . . . mordant views . . . darkness and dread. No one can deny any of this, but Ambler enjoyed a joke as much as the next man, and his excellent "entertainments" (to use an apt Greene-ism) were by no means as obsessive or sombre as his obsequists have made out.

Profile: A sharp-clawed pussycat: Craig Brown

The prodigious output of Britain's leading satirist shows no sign of abating. Tim Hulse met him

New Films: The Big Picture - Reality under the knife

THE BUTCHER BOY (Neil Jordan, 15)

His true story, being an inimitable account of life as a red-blooded MP

Today we are starting a brand new feature in this space - Alan Clark's Diaries! Yes, we bring you the day-to-day chronicles of a man about Westminster, with all the spice, verve, wit and mischief that we associate with the name of Alan Clark! And we start with a bang at the very start of this week!

Album review: Ben Folds Five, `Naked Baby Photos' (Caroline CAR 7554)

Awash with irony, Ben Folds Five are show-tune songsmiths who've stumbled into the rock arena and are hoping that no-one notices their music lacks passion. A mop-up job featuring early recordings, studio jokes and live numbers recorded in front of improbably enthusiastic audiences - except for a concluding couple of Japanese performances offered to eerie silence - Naked Baby Photos is just like the group's previous albums, only thinner and weedier.

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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