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Boy bands never break up now – they just change  key and move on

Variety: Is this what we've been missing all these years?

Miss World, a horse of the year show with one eye on world peace, is back. No need to applaud

Miss World: swimsuits but no sexism

THEY SAID there would be no swimsuits. This was going to be the new, cool, post-modern Miss World. No swimsuits and stilettos! They were so yesteryear, so old beauty pageant, so sexist. And Miss World was anything but sexist. Obviously. Just listen to the show's producer: "Swimsuits on stage, now that was always really offensive. That smacked of cattle market - or even worse, some awful 1950s seaside beauty contest."

Television Review: An Audience with the Bee Gees

THE PLEASURE of LWT's "Audience with" strand lies less in the spotlighted celeb, than in spotting which B-listers are going to get their faces on screen. An Audience with the Bee Gees (Saturday) was wall-to-wall soap stars. Bianca from EastEnders danced round her handbag, accompanied by Walford neighbours Ricky and Mark, Fiona and Judy from Coronation Street, and Jackie Dixon out of Brookie.

STILL WITH THE BEATLES

Isn't there something wrong if today's teenagers really rate mum's and dad's fave raves ahead of Oasis and Radiohead?

Pop: Soul power lifts the brothers Gibb

THE BEE GEES ROYAL SHOWGROUND DUBLIN

Sir Elton honoured for Diana tribute

SIR ELTON John was honoured by the music industry for his Diana, Princess of Wales tribute song "Candle In The Wind 1997"- the biggest- selling single of all time.

In My Week: She cups my hands with her crusted fingertips as I light it. `I don't usually,' she says, `not since they took my lungs out. But the stress is too much sometimes'

At a bus stop outside a Tube station, the Wino Lady approaches. I must look like a soft touch, because I spend an inordinate amount of my spare time in conversation with beggars. Wino Lady is wearing a sweatshirt that from a distance looks like an exotic piece of tie-dye but close up proves merely to be scattered with stains - ketchup, oil, bits of street - and aa pair of tracksuit bottoms with the knees out. Her hair is held up in a ponytail with what appears, appropriately enough, to be a Pony Club tie. She stands over me, as I am sitting on the pavement with my back against a pub, and grins blearily down at me.

Girls who like boys who look like girls

Damon, Gaz, Ronan ... every teen girl needs a fantasy heart-throb to practise on safely. Serena Mackesy recalls her own early yearnings and eyes up today's young objects of desire

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Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

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Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

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Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

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Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

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David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

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