As literary monsterings go, accusing Alan Bennett of being good at fixing washing machines is at the milder end of the scale. But for the celebrated playwright, the allegation of mechanical competence has proved too hard to stomach.
You can't help but root for Ron Burgundy, the hapless newscaster played by Will Ferrell. That's the genius of the Anchorman films. In this sequel, Ron is shown as an alcoholic, crack-smoking, backstabbing, borderline racist, near moron... and yet he still retains his utterly winning, folksy quality. He is such an engaging character that he even makes up for a screenplay (co-written by Ferrell with director McKay) that is so skimpily written that it would barely pass muster in an old Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin vehicle.
Stephen Ward, who shared a flat with Christine Keeler, said he was a ‘connoisseur of love-making’
After the horror, life takes a small step towards normality in a city wracked by hunger and thirst
Desperate survivors in the Philippines looted shops and dug up water pipes in a bid to find food, medicine and water
Authorities say at least 9.7 million people across 41 provinces have been affected
A response to Owen Paterson: You can’t just genetically modify your way out of poverty
The country's march out of poverty has changed its diet, and the result could be devastating
£13bn scheme immediately condemned by business community who claim the country cannot afford it
You wait years for a musical about the Profumo Affair and then along come two in quick succession. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the scandal, in which the liaison between the Minister of War and a call girl who was concurrently sleeping with the naval attache at the Russian embassy, rocked the Establishment and helped to bring down the Tory government of Harold Macmillan.
The summer’s flown by and September is around the corner, so make sure their bags are stocked for the first day of term
A face full of snails might not be your average person's idea of an expensive salon treatment, but that's just what Japan's high society have been shelling out for lately - at a cost of £65 for a five minute session.
Martha-Renee Kolleh overcame a tragic upbringing in her native Liberia to build a life here. No wonder she had the courage to stand up to prejudice
Recently, I had a fantastic, almost spiritual, experience with a slaphead in a framing shop. I love watching people work at the best of times, but there was something really amazing about watching this bald craftsman getting his hands on a print and thumbing it into a stained-cherry-wood rectangle. It was quite emotional.
Mr Hung was stunned that someone had kept his bones for so long, but happy that when the time comes, they will be buried with him