While the Labour Party's promise of "special VIP" attendances at this week's conference might have been something of an exaggeration, organisers still managed to impress by convincing Lesley Garrett and Jo Brand to provide the entertainment for Tuesday's gala dinner in Brighton. There was one big name, though, who was conspicuous by his absence.
Radio 2's Chris Evans was so proud of his two gold awards at the Sony Radio Academy Awards on Monday night – which he also hosted – that he carried them on his shoulders most the night, even at the after-party. Guests at the show, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, included TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri and ex-Atomic Kitten singer, Liz McClarnon, all of whom had presented awards.
It was the sort of occasion – unlike some this month – where thousands of like-minded people took to the streets of London, yet even the police could enjoy an upbeat day.
The home I grew up in ... was a three-bedroom semi-detached, which my dad converted into a four-bed, by building a wall in the middle of one of the rooms. My brother and I had a bunk in one, and my two older brothers were in the adjacent room.
It's every weekend golfer's dream – a chance to take on the world's top players (and Hugh Grant) over three of Britain's great courses. Simon Kelner relives birdies and bogeys at the Dunhill Links
Fruit machines that never pay out, '9 to 5' on the jukebox, photos of the Queen Mum – you know when you're in a proper pub. Here (with the help of some bar-room veterans), Kate Burt explains why she is campaigning to save this cornerstone of British culture from extinction
Beth Rowley's parents were missionaries in Peru, so it's hardly surprising that the young singer-songwriter has an exotic approach to her music. By Nick Duerden