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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness