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Ofcom to examine regional media ownership

The communications regulator has been asked to consider the effects of further relaxation of regional media ownership rules, it announced today.

Minor British Institutions: Alternative comedy

The thing about alternative comedy is that it isn't very alternative any more. Like "New" Labour, time has rendered the adjective redundant, and the nation awaits the alternative to alternative comedy. Maybe comics will go back to wearing dinner suits with frilly shirts and cracking mother-in-law gags.

Leading article: A welcome breakdown

Under normal circumstances, the breakdown of an international meeting would be a cause for disappointment; but not in the case of the International Whaling Commission. After two days of discussions in Morocco, the gathering has been brought to an end because the delegates of 88 nations were unable to reach agreement. The draft deal under discussion would have lifted the 24-year-old ban on commercial whaling. Iceland, Japan and Norway would have been granted an annual catch quota.

700 groups sign up to run new 'free' schools

Parents would be able to set up schools in homes or local empty office blocks under plans unveiled by the Government yesterday.

Professor David Furley: Celebrated scholar of Greco-Roman philosophy

David Furley was one of the 20th century's outstanding scholars of Greco-Roman philosophy. The quantity of Furley's published output is perhaps modest by today's standards. But virtually every item is a gem, and many have become classics.

Hot desks: The coolest office spaces in the world

Igloos, bean bags, quad-bike tracks and Olympic-sized swimming pools: don't you wish you worked in offices like these?

Party leaders reveal relaxation secrets ahead of TV debates

The party leaders revealed their relaxation secrets today, with Gordon Brown confessing to trying Pilates, David Cameron growing his own vegetables and Nick Clegg sneaking into the garden for a quick smoke.

Ofcom calls for end to ITV ad 'straitjacket'

Ofcom, the communications watchdog, has called for the controversial rules governing ITV's advertising to be torn up following a rise of competition in the industry.

Album: Barb Jungr, The Men I Love (Naim)

After the tightly-focused spotlight on the late Nina Simone's repertoire that was Just Like A Woman, Barb Jungr returns to her wide-ranging selections from The Great American Songbook with The Men I Love.

Pet Of The Week: The Papillon

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From a five-star 1920s country pile in Scotland to a countryside retreat complete with 'spa butlers' and an igloo...

Travel challenge: A Thai beach holiday

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a 10-night beach holiday in Thailand. Prices are for two people, departing at the end of February and include flights from Heathrow, accommodation and transfers.

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