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When a man has evaded marriage until the age of 75, he has probably earned the right to wear pyjama bottoms on his wedding day. And that is precisely how Michael Winner will be attired when he finally ends the longest bachelordom in Britain.

Howard Jacobson: It's over – masculinity of the old school

I grow old, I grow old...I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. And my trousers are not the half of it.

Jean Dancer: We don't all want to know our future

The Capacity to map one's own genome will soon be within reach of the ordinary man or woman for a mere $1,000, courtesy of the Californian outfit Life Technologies. To put that in perspective, the first complete human genome produced a decade ago cost $3bn. According to the company's spokesman, the new screening will allow patients to have "personalised medicine", showing them which drugs they should take and for which diseases they should be tested. And that's a good thing, right? Because information is power, isn't it? I'm not so sure.

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With six feet to spare, the triple-masted Colombian barque ARC Gloria slid through the raised bascules of Tower Bridge yesterday to end a three-day goodwill visit to London.

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Despite working with some of Hollywood's top directors, Zoe Saldana had never quite jumped into the big league. That changed after Avatar, she tells James Mottram

'Corruption' politician returns to Indonesia from Colombia

An Indonesian politician has returned after three months as a fugitive to face corruption charges in a case that has riveted the nation and tested its shaky reputation for fighting corruption.

Bachelor-about-town Michael Winner sets wedding date at 75

He's had more than 130 lovers and admits to being unfaithful to them all. But Michael Winner is to end his reign as Britain's most confirmed bachelor by finally marrying, at the age of 75.

Colombia head coach Hernán Darío Gómez punches woman during night out

Hernán Darío Gómez is facing calls to resign as Colombia’s head coach after punching a woman outside a bar in downtown Bogota.

Diary: The playing fields of Eton, the toilets at Haverstock

Haverstock School in Chalk Farm, North London, has been described – in this column and elsewhere – as "Labour's Eton", for it educated not only the Miliband brothers, but also the former MP and mayoral candidate Oona King.

Morris dancers with 'noisy bells' in pub ban

A group of morris dancers have complained after they were thrown out of a pub because the bells on their clogs put them in breach of a ban on music.

Joe Arroyo: Salsa artist and towering figure in Colombian music who sang of love, spirituality and emancipation

Joe Arroyo was the biggest star of 20th century Colombian music, and unquestionably one of the greatest salsa singers.

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