Arts and Entertainment Sam Faiers will not be joining the I'm A Celebrity jungle after rumours suggested she would be

The Only Way Is Essex star will not join her ex-fiancé in the jungle after all

35,000 runners – and a Jedi – survive the London heat

It was the sort of occasion – unlike some this month – where thousands of like-minded people took to the streets of London, yet even the police could enjoy an upbeat day.

Pandora: Ravens is no Dead Ringer for Michelle

Imitation, it seems, isn't always a form of flattery. Just ask Jan Ravens, the acerbic Dead Ringers impressionist, who has decided that she will not be "doing a Michelle" any time soon – for fear of offending her subject.

'It's a dream come true to both run out for Scotland'

Via boy band and golf course, the Evans brothers have taken an unconventional route to the top, writes Simon Turnbull

Scots look for stars in the Evans

Thom and Max Evans were both schooled at Wellington College in Berkshire. So was Eric Arthur Blair, or George Orwell as he preferred to be known when he wrote "Down And Out In Paris And London".

Get me in there... I am a celebrity and you don't know it yet

Are the inmates in 'Big Brother' sad wannabes or stars in the making? Film-maker Lee Kern met them all

Claudia Winkleman: I'm sticking up for Jordan, again

Take It From Me: 'Jordan is the fantasy. If you asked 100 women who they'd like to be, most would say Kirsty Wark. They're lying'

'Pure snobbery': Jordan hits back after polo snub

The model Katie Price has accused the organisers of a prestigious annual polo tournament of being snobs after they reportedly told her manager that she was "not the sort of person they wanted" at the event.

Arabella Weir: I can choose not to be fat. But not everyone can

You know that trap that famous people often fall into when they're riding high? The one when they say something phenomenally stupid because they're so blinded by their own current popularity they forget it all hangs on a thread, and that any wrong move can turn you from, say, Chris Rock into Chris Martin in the blink of a faux-pas?

Party on: The week I was really really super-duper nice

I'M SLIGHTLY TROUBLED by the fact that my father read Party On last week. Usually he's totally bemused by my social life ("clubbing" for him means "thing that caveman does" - which is probably quite accurate if you go down Oxford St. for your fun). Anyway, during our weekly phone call he proudly announced that he'd managed to "get through the whole thing", like he'd conquered some sort of SAS mental assault course.

The Milky Bar Kid is back

Ken Livingstone returns to County Hall - even if it's only to reveal what he'd do for a bar of white chocolate. By Tracey MacLeod; Blair apparatchiks take note - the spectre of Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London could evaporate with an investment in white chocolate mousse Photographs by Morley von Sternberg

Do they know where it's at?

James Sherwood on All Saints

Football: Lightning speed and progress of a prodigy

He is young, gifted and back in Glenn Hoddle's good books. Michael Owen could become England's youngest player this century next week, surpassing even the great Duncan Edwards. Guy Hodgson reports on Liverpool's striking prodigy.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there