News Crowds support Bayern Munich at a recent match

Our EU competitor now has more cultural clout than us, says Emily Dugan. Meanwhile Matthew Bell sets a quiz to find out how Teut-on-it you are (answers below)

Talbot Church: Downing St favours second royal wedding

The man the Royals trust..

Milton Jones: The Lion Whisperer, Corn Exchange, Cambridge

"You didn't fancy a street party either?" quips Radio 4 favourite Milton Jones to his Cambridge audience, perhaps grateful that those who had watched the royal wedding earlier (not a majority according to his quick voice poll) had decided not to forsake punnery for pageantry. Not that an evening with Jones is slumming it; he's arguably comedy royalty after all, king of his own brand of absurd wordplay, occupying a land that borders Tim Vine's equally distinct fiefdom.

New figures fail to lift gloom for retailers

Figures showing slightly better-than-expected sales in the run-up to Easter failed to lift the gloom for downbeat retailers today.

Letter from the editor: Unrivalled insights

The capture and subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden was one of those very rare events: a news story that would have led the bulletins in every country in the world.

Wedding boosts Waitrose sales

Waitrose reported a royal wedding boost last week as sales climbed 23.1 per cent. On 28 April, the day before the wedding, the supermarket saw its strongest sales on a Thursday outside the Christmas and new year period.

The royal wedding spoofed

If Clarence House thought that a broadcasting ban on satirical wedding footage would keep the family photo album clean, the digital community had different ideas. Fuelled by countercultural rampant royalists across America, cyberspace was rife with its own take on the wedding.

Stephen King: Tale of two weddings... how the royals reflect the financial mood

Economic outlook: At the time of the 1981 royal wedding the UK was most definitely on the fragile road towards recovery

Nearly half of SMEs want May holiday later in year

Almost half of all small businesses would like to see today's May Day bank holiday moved to the autumn in future years, new research shows. Managers and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) say the proximity of the May Day holiday to Easter makes for disruption to their businesses and often leaves them with a dilemma about whether or not to give staff the day off.

Marr's approach to super-injunction: carry on and pretend it doesn't exist

Cahal Milmo on the presenter's first show since outing himself

April's heat will not last – May will be showery

This April has been the hottest since records began, and the fourth sunniest April in the past 100 years. However, as is often the case with the UK's unpredictable climate, the good weather will not last for long. Meteorologists say the fine weather this month will be followed by a showery May.

Stephen Glover: Royal spinners have unleashed a monster

Media Studies: When you have led the media virtually into your bedroom you cannot easily slam the door

Five charged after royal wedding arrests

Police have charged five of the 55 people arrested in London during Friday's royal wedding celebrations, after Scotland Yard hailed the day as an "amazing success".

The royal honeymoon secret is out – it's back to work

On Tuesday, William will return to his helicopter cockpit – so Kate's going to have to wait a couple of weeks for her holiday

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (01/05/11)

Morning dress worn as standard
Voices
There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
charity appealTime is running out to secure your favourite lot as our auction closes at 2pm tomorrow
Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special
tv
News
Claudia Winkleman and co-host Tess Daly at the Strictly Come Dancing final
people
Arts and Entertainment
Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing
tvReview: 'Absolutely phenomenal' Xtra Factor presenter wins Strictly Come Dancing final
News
news
News
Elton John and David Furnish will marry on 21 December 2014
people
Sport
SPORT
News
people
Life and Style
A still from the 1939 film version of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'
life
Arts and Entertainment
J Jefferson Farjeon at home in 1953
booksBooksellers say readers are turning away from modern thrillers and back to golden age of crime writing
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick