News Slow burn: Blezard was sacked from The Lady under the editorship of Rachel Johnson

Paul Blezard has written a book about a genteel magazine with a bold new boss. What an idea!

Clash of the Etonians? Prime Minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson at the Olympics 2012

'Toffishness and twittishness' - Boris Johnson spills beans on Bullingdon Club and reveals childhood ambition to be 'world king'

In a BBC profile 'Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise' London's mayor also reveals his ambition to be British Prime Minister

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (31/07/11)

Always ahead, but without the hat

Diary: How the treatment of Conrad Black bleeds the heart

The vindictiveness of American justice never ceases to astound. Fifty-year sentences under the three-strikes rule for stealing a slice of pizza; chain gangs and weevil 'n' maggot suppers in Alabama; a new craze for charging pregnant drug addicts who miscarry with murder ... we look across the ocean and recoil at the barbarity.

Diary: Dyson wipes floor with Sugar

Fans of The Apprentice will have noted that this week's victim of the "boardroom" was Glen, a senior design engineer. "I've never come across an engineer who can turn his hands to business," raged Lord Sugar, his face wrinkling like an angry testicle. "You're fired." Sir James Dyson, engineer and entrepreneur, begs to differ. "Britain should value its engineers," he said yesterday. "It is engineers who will develop new British technology that we can sell around the world." Sir James was, of course, far too polite to mention that his estimated net worth happens to be £1.45bn – almost double that of Lord Sugar (£770m).

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (22/05/11)

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The feral beast: Tim Willis: The new Rachel Johnson

He has penned biographies of Syd Barrett, and Nigel Dempster. Now Tim Willis turns his attention to making later life seem sexy.

The Feral Beast: Friends keep 'Lady' Hardup going

Rachel Johnson has written to contributors of The Lady, apologising for a "payment drought". "I just wanted to say how sorry I am that it's taken The Lady so long to stump up all this year, and how grateful I am that you have continued to file .... Many of you have kindly avoided pestering me with your plaints for which I am, I admit, grateful.

Is 'dumbing up' the only way for publishers and TV firms to thrive in the social network age?

Ian Burrell listens to the argument for intelligence

Deborah Ross: Winter is not the time to fret about pruning

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Reassured by Rachel's quest for editorial balance

For reasons delayed until the final item (no peeping), I nipped into the local newsagent on Saturday to ask if he had a copy of a magazine called The Lady. "Everything we have like that," said the Sri Lankan guy, waving towards the top shelf, "is up there." I hereby apologise to him for cackling, because if Rachel Johnson remains its Editor for much longer he will look admirably prescient.

Katy Guest: Rant &amp; Rave (06/02/11)


Fingers on the buzzer! The <i>IoS</i> bumper Boxing Day quiz of 2010

Who could forget Gaga's gory frock, the X Factor talent, or spring's very strange political liaison (and we don't mean the coalition). Matthew Bell tests your knowledge of the news, people and stinging insults that make the past 12 months a time to remember. (Answers at the bottom of the page)

The Feral Beast: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The latest Wikileaks expose, splashed over The Guardian, has drawn a confusing response. The Daily Mail, not known for cheering on liberal newspapers or eccentric rape suspects, has universally hailed the leaks, with columnist Peter McKay calling on Wikileaks to "bring it on". But Jonathan Powell , the former chief of staff at No 10, argued that leaks of this kind benefit nobody, and only erode trust between nations. And he was writing in The Guardian.

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