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Sir Patrick Stewart joins childhood heroes

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart said he was "astonished" to find himself in the company of his childhood heroes Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness in becoming a theatrical knight as he attended Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Pandora: Gordon misses a trick

It all could have been so different. Nick Clegg mouthing off about the "old politics"; David Cameron insisting that it was "time for change" and Gordon Brown urging the electorate to "beam him up" to Number 10. Or perhaps not.

The Couch Surfer: 'Any tour of post-war pop culture takes in the

The trailer begins with a motorbike speeding across a deserted plain at dusk. The young man riding it rolls moodily to a halt. You can tell he's moody because he has a beat-up leather jacket and a bloody nose. And because he's riding a motorbike. Cut: to a bar fight. BANG! Biff! Pow! Cut: now the moody young man with the bloody nose is being given a stern, post-brawl talking-to by some old dude, and the stirring score is starting up.

Coming Soon: Spring fever hits Chichester

Spring heralds the start of the Chichester Festival, unusually early this year. Let's hope this coincides with theatre-lovers shaking off their wintry hacking coughs, even if sore throats and sneezes ought to continue on stage with Hay Fever (pictured, 01243 781 312, 9 Apr to 2 May) and The Last Cigarette (11 Mar to 11 Apr).

Majel Roddenberry: The ultimate Trekkie

Actress, voiceover, producer – Majel Roddenberry has been on board the Starship Enterprise since it took off and married its creator along the way. Andy McSmith reports on her death

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