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Halfway through Wendy Perriam's first novel in eight years – in the interval she has devoted herself to the unfashionable genre of short-story writing – I began to suspect she was heading for a happy ending. Hardly earth-shattering with any other author - but Perriam has never been one to pander to expectations. Her darkly comic novels about insecure, ill-at-ease, marginalised, self-loathing and apparently grey figures from the suburbs usually conclude, at best, a few degrees short of utterly bleak.

Swimming: Rice remorseful after Twitter remarks

The triple Olympic swimming champion Stephanie Rice has made a public apology for her homophobic remarks on Twitter which resulted in her losing a sponsorship deal with Jaguar. Rice tweeted "Suck on that faggots" after Australia beat South Africa in a rugby union match, angering gay rights groups, with the former rugby league star Ian Roberts, himself gay, labelling her an "idiot".

Stephanie Rice apologises for homophobic tweet

Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has made a public apology for her homophobic remarks on Twitter which resulted in her losing a sponsorship deal with Jaguar.

Leading article: A sour whiff of homophobia

There is a rather unpleasant message carried between the lines of the Foreign Secretary's extraordinary public statement denying he had had an "improper relationship" with a male aide, or indeed "with any man". It is the idea that scandal still attaches to the fact that a politician may be gay. It was there in the case of the resignation of the Liberal Democrat Treasury minister David Laws. It is the subtext to some of the dislike about Labour's éminence grise, Lord Mandelson. There is no evidence to suggest that Mr Hague's pained statement should be taken at anything other than face value. But it nonetheless suggests something significant about the undercurrents within British political culture.

Album: Alasdair Roberts & Friends, Too Long In This Condition (Navigator)

Alasdair Roberts is keen to emphasise the relevance of the traditional folk ballads featured in Too Long In This Condition: it comes with an explicatory musing on timelessness from Wittgenstein's Tractatus, and a sleevenote which refers to the passing-on of ballads as a "game of memoried tig come fluid form of existential relay", which just about nails it.

Homophobia rife in public life says ex-BP chief

The former chief executive of BP today claimed that homophobia is still rife within public life.

Dave Hadfield: Did Castleford do enough to stop homophobic chanting?

Castleford were stunned this week by the severity of their punishment for the homophobic chanting directed at Gareth Thomas when they played Crusaders in March.

Police investigate 'homophobic' pub chain

Scotland Yard officers were today investigating claims by a gay group that they were not served by a pub in a row over their sexuality.

Alex James: My irrational fear of the woods at night

I inadvertently discovered a new adrenaline sport a couple of weeks back: probably the oldest one of all – running through the woods at night. I've been basking in the long evenings, especially enjoying the calm of twilight but I mistimed it, set out on my rounds too late and got completely caught out, plunging headlong into darkness with, it has to be said, a certain amount of glee. I knew it was going to be a close-run thing when I set out so I had a head torch on but it was nothing at all like I expected.

Peter Tatchell: Evils of colonialism still wrecking lives

The conviction by a Malawian court of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga on charges of homosexuality is the latest example of how, more than four decades after most African nations won their independence, the evils of colonialism continue to wreck lives.

London Community Gospel Choir, Cadogan Hall, London

Rev Bazil Meade formed the London Community Gospel Choir 28 years ago and it is currently enjoying a golden period, riding a tide of enthusiasm for choral singing in general and big vocal harmonies in particular. This concert marked the release of the choir's tenth album, Glorious, numbers from which dominated an evening full of taut, spine-tingling vocal work.

Homophobia: Tackling football's last taboo

Justin Fashanu was the first, and only, top-flight player to come out. Now, 12 years after his suicide, the fight against homophobia goes on.

Election in brief: Tory has sympathy for anti-gay views

A Tory candidate in a winnable seat said yesterday he had "sympathy" with bed and breakfast owners who wish to turn away gay couples.

Peter Tatchell: Do the Tories support anti-gay discrimination by B&Bs or not?

The shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling MP should apologise and retract his support for discrimination against gay couples by B&B owners. By endorsing their right to refuse accommodation to gay partners, he has stirred new doubts about the Conservatives' commitment to lesbian and gay equality – doubts reinforced by David Cameron's notable silence.

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