Ronnie Corbett

Pandora: Palin stays silent on Merton controversy

For a silent film festival, the Bristol Silents is certainly generating a lot of noise. The annual affair, which celebrates the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy, has become the subject of an uncomfortable row within the comedy community.

Pet of the week: The miniature schnauzer

The miniature schnauzer, or "mini", a robust little dog who cut his teeth chasing rats out of barns in Germany in the 19th century. Nowadays he is more likely to be seen trotting around town as he has become well-established as a "companion" breed.

The Big Question: Has the divide between Britain's social classes

The Government published a document yesterday which made the startling claim that, after a long period of social stagnation, British society has become socially mobile again. For 30 years, according to Getting On, Getting Ahead, the paper prepared by the Cabinet Office's strategy unit, there was no appreciable movement between social classes, although society as a whole became better off. Children born in relative poverty left school with fewer qualifications than children from more comfortable homes, and went into low-paid work. But since 2000, the Government claims, that general pattern has changed for the better.