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Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.

Ukip poppy wreath sparks row over Remembrance Day party politics

Question raised of whether it is “propaganda” to have party logos on wreaths

Perhaps a film is needed to show the real victims of payday lenders like Wonga

Is Wonga simply trying to deflect accusations and whitewash its true colours?

Putin is a 'proud buff dude' and Russia should not be vilified for anti-gay laws ahead of Sochi Olympic Games, says US swimmer

Richard Alther appeals to Russia President to treat gay athletes with compassion and respect

North Korean soldiers work on a building project to construct a ski resort at North Korea's Masik Pass.

Indyplus gallery: North Korea races against the clock to complete luxury ski resort Masik Pass

The pressure is on for builders in North Korea to complete the construction of a lavish ski resort by the end of this week.

Garry Kasparov will receive 10,000 euros as compensation from the Russian government

Russia ordered to compensate chess grandmaster (and Putin critic) Garry Kasparov over protest arrest

Police held him before 'March of Dissenters' protest in Moscow in 2007

22 May 2013: Lawyers carry a coffin during a mock funeral procession at a protest against proposed cuts to legal aid outside the Houses of Parliament

The Government's case for legal aid cuts does not stand up to cross examination

Our legal system is still - just about - the envy of the world. Not for long

'I must go': Elton John is due to perform in Moscow and Kazan
Nearly 100,000 Nazi storm troopers are gathered at Luitpold arena to listen to a speech by Adolf Hitler on 'Brown Shirt Day'

Nuremberg rallies to repair crumbling Nazi heritage site

Officials in the German city of Nuremberg have announced controversial plans to spend up to €70m (£60m) on renovating the city’s vast yet dilapidated Nazi Party rally grounds, used by the documentary filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl as a haunting backdrop for her Hitler propaganda film Triumph of the Will.

BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan

Russia’s anti-gay laws unsettled me, says Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan has spoken of her personal discomfort at presenting this month’s World Athletics Championships in Russia amid the furore over the country’s homophobic laws.

Anti Clause 28 March and Demonstration, London, 1988

The return of Section 28? This can't be brushed aside as an ‘oversight'

If schools are basing policies on outdated laws, it is very much a problem

World champion Yelena Isinbayeva has defended her country’s anti-gay law

‘We are normal Russians’: Pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, defends anti-gay laws

Athlete criticises shows of support of gay rights at World Championships

Postcard from... Berlin

The Olympic Rings are displayed outside Adler airport, near Sochi

Gay Olympians competing at Sochi Winter Games face risk of prosecution under Russia’s crackdown

Minister confirms that athletes and fans who ‘flaunt’ their sexuality will be prosecuted

LGBT campaigners boycott vodka in protest at Russian gay rights abuses - even though their main target isn't made in Russia

Dump Russian Vodka campaign spawns #DumpStoli hashtag even though Stolichnaya made in Latvia by a company based in Luxembourg

A smiling Kim Jong-un is seen being mobbed by a large group of crying women wearing white boiler suits

Such a fungi! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un laughs as he is mobbed by screaming, crying women during visit to mushroom farm

Despot surrounded in scenes more often associated with the likes of Harry Styles or Justin Bieber

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Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?