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Richard Curtis

The Calvin Report: No bitterness from Redknapp on first meeting with

Ultimately, players are more important than a manager's media profile or his comfort with the metrics of the modern game. Harry Redknapp's current set at Queens Park Rangers are inherently inferior to the familiar figures whose allegiance is to Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur.

Diary: Ukip's Tory defectors could be thorn in the side for PM

The UK Independence Party has more reason than any other to complain about the British election system: despite winning 900,000 votes at the last general election it has no MPs. In the European Parliament, which is elected by proportional representation, the party has a dozen MEPs.

Stars take on 24 Hour Plays gala challenge

Some of the biggest names in theatre descended on London’s Old Vic over the weekend to write and perform six plays from scratch as part of the theatre’s seventh “24 Hour Plays” celebrity gala.

The Diary: London Symphony Orchestra; Poetry International festival;

It's all very well David Miliband quitting front-bench politics to spend more time with his family, but where does that leave the London Symphony Orchestra? Without one of their second violinists, that's where. Louise Shackelton, aka Mrs Miliband, is a professional violinist with the LSO but hasn't been spotted performing much recently. Naturally, she wasn't on stage for the opening concert of the season, conducted by Valery Gergiev, two weeks ago as it clashed with the fateful Labour Party conference in Manchester. Might she make it back for this Sunday's concert? "She is not playing at the moment," a spokesman at LSO tells me. Oh. At least when she does return to work, her husband might have a little more space in his diary to show his support. Are they expecting him any time soon? "From time to time David Miliband attends concerts of his choice." Jolly good – though he may want to avoid the Baghdad movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade on 15 December.

Climate change film blows up in Richard Curtis's face

When it comes to galvanising support for the fight against climate change, many methods have been tried, from switching out the lights in London skyscrapers to handing out free low-energy bulbs. Until now though, no one had thought of detonating two schoolchildren in front of their blood-smeared classmates.

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