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You don't have to be a nob to be a snob. Just ask the Duchess

Blatant snobbery is again acceptable - indeed chic - in Britain. But it's the nouveau riche, not the aristos, who are at it. As Sarah Ferguson prepares to weigh in against class consciousness, Katy Guest and Anthony Barnes report on why we're all looking down our noses

Letter: Passing mention

Sir: Can you please guarantee that The Independent's coverage of the birth of the Blair child will be exactly the same as that accorded to the birth of the Duchess of York's children - two lines on page eight?

Nicholson attacks ITN for showbiz approach

THE ITN reporter and former newsreader Michael Nicholson, who gained international fame when he adopted a Bosnian child during the Balkans conflict, has made an outspoken attack on the quality of television journalism. BBC News is "boring and trivial", he says. ITN is "in debt" and is not covering all the stories.

Silent Cliff keeps a wet Wimbledon crowd happy

THERE WAS an imprompturecital on Centre Court, a surprise appearance by the Duchess of York and enough Pimm's to sink a battleship at Wimbledon yesterday.

The Joys Of Modern Life

46. civilised divorce

Dando Shooting: Brother tells of moment he heard of the murder

JILL DANDO'S brother said yesterday that when he saw his sister three weeks ago, she could barely contain her excitement over her forthcoming wedding. Nigel Dando, the chief reporter on the Bristol Evening Post, said their Sunday lunch revolved around her wedding to Alan Farthing. Yesterday both men were inconsolable.

Shopping: Check it Out - Andrew Edmunds

A RECENT client of Andrew Edmunds was hoping to add to his collection of kings' mistresses. I went into his Soho shop with pounds 25 to spend, and came out with two gorgeously attired dandies. This may not seem unreasonable, but Edmunds' good-quality antique prints are bound to be expensive since he refuses to tear up old books for their engravings, or add colour to 18th-century prints. For art-lovers jaded with New Neurotics and has-been YBAs (Young British Artists), 18th-century satirical caricatures are worth every penny.

Confessions of a media whore

I once appeared on L!ve TV. I cannot say I am proud of myself, but these things happen

Noddy goes to Hollywood

In just eight weeks he's topped the American television ratings, even beating Sesame Street. How did such a frightfully British export became the coolest dude in Toytown, USA?

`It's like having Hitler move in,' say the general's new neighbours in the gin belt

THE DRIVEWAYS are long and curve gently up towards large, modern houses set in grounds kept immaculate by hired help. There is an abundance of trees, an abundance of swimming pools, and no shortage of polished Bentleys. The well-dressed residents have access to a golf club used for the World Matchplay Championship.

Is there nothing so crass that it won't be embraced by television?

Right now dozens of people are beavering away at the base of a pyramid of cheap, vulgar programme-making

Comment: Our real role models are drunks, failures and lunatics

The young much prefer an eccentric like Robbie Williams to Lady Jay's approved pantheon

Honeymoon suite eludes royal voyeurs

SEE THE honeymoon beds of four royal marriages (all disasters). Marvel at the Queen's taste in Sixties plastic-weave basket chairs. Walk the same decks as the Clintons, Mandela, Yeltsin, Eisenhower, various sheiks, potentates and the Swedish Royal Family.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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