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The singer began his impassioned rant by condemning hunting in Britain

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While Alexandra, Victoria and James top the list of likely Royal baby names – Ladbrokes are also offering odds on Tulisa at 500/1, Chardonnay at 250/1 and Barack at 200/1.

Wimbledon 2013: Facing Roger Federer - You are two sets down to the greatest grass court player in tennis history. Now what?

At the exit Federer stopped to sign autographs, no one asked for Hanescu's

Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi

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Art collector and his wife were photographed at a restaurant on Saatchi’s 70th birthday during a seemingly bitter argument

Bumper fun: Kim Kardashian's baby shower was attended by Mel B and Kelly Osbourne

The pregnancy forecast is: Increasing baby showers

The idea of mothers-to-be having a pre-birth party is an American one, but Brits – and businesses – have jumped on board

Mystery over Pippa Middleton's new company

Pippa Middleton has set up her own company, it emerged today, although exactly what it will do remains unknown.

Bottles of Smirnoff Ice were used to toast the nuptials of Verity Evetts and Christopher Buchanan

First the speeches. Then the Smirnoff Ice at high society wedding

It is more often associated with a teenager’s first curious sips of alcohol or as a sugary lubricant at school discos up and down the country, so Smirnoff Ice’s presence at a high society wedding at the weekend was a curious one.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Another Tory MP red-faced after accidental porn tweet

The lurid mix of a Twitter, pornography and a Tory MP has struck again, though this time the MP is not to blame. Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, was making a point about David Bennett, the market trader who challenged Iain Duncan Smith to live off £53 a week, though his weekly income is not £53 as he implied, but £156. To help spread the message, Rob Wilson tweeted using a link supplied by someone at Conservative headquarters. Unfortunately, because of what the Tories euphemistically call a "technical hitch", the link users to a hard core pornography site.

We should all take a leaf from Hilary Mantel's book of honesty

How rare it is to encounter an individual prepared to spell out an honestly-held view, irrespective of the inevitably hostile and hysterical reaction

Gary Goldsmith, uncle of the Duchess of Cambridge and black sheep of the Middleton family, is considering an autobiography

Kate Middleton's Ibiza-dwelling uncle Gary Goldsmith plans book

As if the pages of Italian glossy magazines and the bargain buckets of Waterstones were not enough, the Middleton family may yet make another foray into the literary world.

Penguin settles with US over claims of e-book price setting

Penguin has agreed to settle with the United States government over allegations of price-setting with Apple in the e-book market.

Grime pays: Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32, backstage at Koko in Camden

The Financial Times doesn't get rap, and their caricature of it is dangerous

Rap is not "loud, but lacking in Substance", Mr Guthrie

James Moore: Ignore the doom-mongers, the City lights are getting brighter all the time

Outlook There are still people who would have you believe that those employed in London's financial centre are falling over each other to get on the last plane out of town.

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