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Ambassador Dimitrov was very, very cross with Ukip’s “unacceptable” and “extremely serious” “propaganda leaflets” suggesting that millions of Bulgarians were about to flood into Britain. He would have been much more cross if it had been at a lunch at which Ukip’s leader was regaling reporters with his full-on cheeky chappie routine worthy of the man he himself described as “that late, great comedian Bob Monkhouse”: stand-up with an electoral twist.

Pre-emptive strike on sex shops and strip clubs

A sleepy Ulster town has said NO to sex shops and strip clubs — even though no one is planning to open any.

The real winner's dinners

Gordon, Jamie and Nigella are so last year – Channel 4's Come Dine With Me is the TV food sensation of 2009. Lena Corner meets the fans who are living by its rules

Does a saucy lads mag shoot really boost your career?

Without a doubt, TV presenter Kirsten O’Brien tells Andy Welch

Why the sex trade flourishes

Men my age, confused about their role, use prostitutes most

Dave Hogan: The snapper the stars still come out for

From Madonna to De Niro, celebrity lensman Dave Hogan has snapped a galaxy of stars, but the fight to get pictures published is a brutal, high-speed battle, he tells Rob Sharp

Brian Davison: Drummer with The Nice

A battering fusillade at the climax of "America", the West Side Story song adapted by The Nice, was a hallmark of the drumming style of Brian Davison. A passionate and gifted player, he saw his role in any group as a fellow musician and creative percussionist. He was inspired by the jazz drummers Jack DeJohnette and Art Blakey, and brought a dynamic approach to rock when he joined the keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson in The Nice in 1967.

Our favourite five minutes: celebrity interviews

Each day, The Independent's five-minute interview allows celebrities to prove that brevity really is the soul of wit. Here's the cream of the crop from 2007

The Right Rev David Hand

Archbishop of Papua New Guinea who crossed jungles and climbed mountains to follow his calling

the verdict: Stars and gripes

If Eighties retro is your thing, you may well love the Chevrolet Camaro - but most will wish it had never left the freeway

THE FRIARY NEWSLETTER: It isn't easy throwing off the chains of self-abasement

Happy news! Geri has conquered her unfortunate tendency to go out with shallow or insincere media types

Is this the end of the real blonde?

BLONDES MAY have more fun, but not for very much longer. One of the 20th century's most revered icons is expected to be an endangered species by the the end of the next millennium.

An out-of-towner and his seven-floor superclub gatecrash London's scene

BRITAIN'S MOST hyped dance phenomenon, a seven-storey "superclub" in Leicester Square called Home, will belaunched this Thursday. According to copious marketing material the 2,000-capacity club "incorporates cutting edge modern design with 21st- century technological chutzpah while maintaining all the most cherished elements of the traditional club".

The secret of my sucess: Peter Stringfellow

He's the world's best known nightclub owner, and he's also famous for being famous.

Andrea reveals the secrets of lap dancing

She does lots of stag nights, but never the night before nuptials; that's much too risky

Sex and the older generation

THERE WILL be joy among those of a certain generation at the news that this week Herman, of Hermits fame, is to be united in a major radio project with Brian Poole, formerly of the Tremeloes.
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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
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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

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