News Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

I work for ...Phil Collins: Annie Callingham is PA to the rock star

Although Phil doesn't remember it very well, the first time I met him was in a club in the Sixties, when I was a dancer and he was in his first band, Flaming Youth. I got to know him properly when my husband began working for Genesis in the Eighties as a sound engineer.

Hit or miss... it's a hard day's Spice

The world trembles with anticipation to see whether `Spiceworld - The Movie' is, as has been suggested, the natural heiress to `A Hard Day's Night' or just one more embarrassment in the tradition of such long-forgotten stinkers as `Gonks Go Beat' and `Live It Up'. Andy Gill considers the scary challenge facing Ginger and Co.

`Magic' soundbeam frees children from their silent prison

Anne Appleyard on a musical breakthrough for the disabled

Companies may go abroad to avoid double taxation hit

Some of the UK's biggest overseas earners were up in arms yesterday over the Chancellor of the Exchequer's plans to abolish foreign income dividends. SmithKline Beecham, BAT Industries, Glaxo Wellcome, RTZ and Reckitt and Colman were among those objecting to the Budget proposals which expose companies making substantial non-UK profits to a double taxation hit after April 1999.

Cover story: Too much too young

Increasingly eroticised and commercialised, childhood is more than ever a fleeting idyll. As parents, we desire our children's innocence yet often push them to be adults. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown speaks to families willing to make the compromise. Photographs by Jonathan Olley

Monkey business

HUXLEY: EVOLUTION'S HIGH PRIEST by Adrian Desmond, Michael Joseph pounds 20

Not just the same old story

Michele Roberts reads some revised and unauthorised versions

Dance: It's all Greek to them

The Critics: Lindsay Kemp conjures a lurid array of underworld characters of deliciously uncertain sexuality

Dance Genesis Canyon Natural History Museum, London

There is a curious thrill about being in a museum after hours, a thrill compounded by the mysterious arrival of 38 young people in pyjamas. Stephan Koplowitz, whose Genesis Canyon opened this year's Dance Umbrella festival last Saturday, makes full use of the grandeur and mystery of the Natural History Museum's main hall. The dancers gradually infiltrate the darkened hall and begin to carpet the stairs with their bodies. All wear loose clothes made of a primitive pleated metallic fabric. In selecting this extraordinary material, Craig Givens has allowed the dancers to create a chameleon-like effect as they move in and out of coloured light; orange when they rise, sea-green when they hug the treads of the stairs like a long slick of primal soup.

Cost of instruments keeps pupils out of music lessons

Children are being denied the chance to learn music because schools cannot afford the instruments, according to a survey published today.

THE PRICE OF FAME

Four years ago, Phil Collins earned pounds 12.6m. Two years ago, he left his wife and family to go and live near Lake Geneva with a woman half his age. But despite all this, he still calls himself `an ordinary bloke from Hounslow'. In a revealing interview, he talks frankly about money, love and music

The Boo Radleys: as not seen on TV

When I hear "Wake Up Boo!" by the Boo Radleys, I reach for my knuckleduster. The song is the musical equivalent of a big, fat Colgate smile, and after a grin like that has been smeared over every radio and TV set in the country for a few weeks, anyone would want to punch it. As for the Boo Radleys, last summer I had an almost continuous urge to trash their guitars, melt their records, wipe the smiles off their faces, and find painful hiding places for those inane, parping trumpets.

Pour l'amour des Celtes

Celtomania is taking Paris by storm. Phil Sweeney has his fill of haggis and pan pipes in the French capital

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Vikings and Phil Collins

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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