Life and Style Hair to the throne: Actor John Hurt

It has not been, we must report, a vintage year for facial hair. The prize for the annual Beard of the Year has had to be shared between The Choir's Gareth Malone, actor John Hurt and rugby player Geoff Parling.

Harry told me 'you don't sound black' claims comic

A comedian has said he was told by Prince Harry: "You don't sound like a black chap."

Credit crisis diary: What Ed Richards does in his spare time

Schoolboy giggles at the Ofcom briefing yesterday on the future of public sector broadcasting. Pressed on possible radical options for restructuring the industry, Ofcom boss Ed Richards was asked what he imagined in his wildest dreams while at home. "I do have a few fantasies but none of them involve broadcasting," Richards replied without thinking, before blushing deeply.

Britain has 'new attitude to race'

Attitudes towards different races have changed "dramatically" since the findings of the landmark inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and it is now time to move on to new challenges, a leading equality campaigner said.

Derek Laud: My nickname is Golly, but I don't insist on it

A racist uses stereotypes to abuse or deride. I do not believe Prince Harry – revealed last week as having referred to a fellow soldier as a "Paki" – is a racist. Nor would his father, who has long advocated more ethnic minorities in the armed forces, ever allow him to be. Far from suffering the taint of racism, Prince Charles is frequently criticised of an aching Cameronian political correctness.

Sarah Sands: John Mortimer's creed – humour and kindness fix anything

The last time I saw John Mortimer was at Kathy Lette's book launch before Christmas. She had assembled a crowd in the swimming pool basement of a smart London hotel. Male models posed as lifeguards. Cameras roamed over young television celebrities.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online comments (18 January 2009)

Your coverage of last Saturday's protest rally and march, headlined "Three arrested as Gaza marchers clash with police", highlighted the trouble outside the Israeli embassy. My son and I were at the protest for over three hours, and witnessed no trouble. Thousands of us stood in freezing temperatures in Hyde Park, listening to speaker after speaker. Silence came over the huge crowd as Michael Rosen read his heartbreaking poem and children read the names and ages of some of the more than 200 children who have been killed. After the speeches, we formed an orderly procession.

'Sooty' defends Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales has been described as a man of "zero prejudice" by the Asian friend he calls Sooty.

Charles calls friend 'Sooty'

Prince Charles has been defended against accusations of racism by the friend he calls "Sooty" in reference to his skin-colour.

Dominic Lawson: Prince Harry and the cowardice of those on the political front line

One oleaginous creep accuses him of being like the racist comic Bernard Manning

Prince Harry called a fellow soldier his 'little Paki friend'

Critics say third in line to the throne should face disciplinary action by the Army for racist behaviour

Harrold's hat-trick a royal flush

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Remembrance Day: A searing silence

As soldiers from across the generations gathered at the Cenotaph to remember the fallen, Terri Judd reports on a unit that has suffered losses in Afghanistan

Cipriani: Prodigy makes early comeback

Wasps' boy wonder may be the new favourite of the paparazzi but, writes Chris Hewett, his rapid return from injury is headline news

First Night: Now Or Later, Royal Court, London

Unmissable, but was it inspired by a Prince's gaffe?

Pandora: Prince Harry tackles 'Whispering Witchell'

After 10 years following the Royal Family's every move, Nicholas Witchell must be yearning for a new post.

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