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Speeches in the House of Commons by the Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg are an erudite comedy turn. As MPs debated the European Union (Approvals) Bill (Lords), which writes into British law two draft regulations passed by the Council of the European Union, only he thought it necessary to read into the official record part of what one of the regulations actually said.

Crematorium 'cashing in'

MPs have accused a company of "cynically" cashing in on a crematorium's celebrity status. Golders Green crematorium in north London is the last resting place of the remains of Sigmund Freud, Peter Sellers and Rudyard Kipling, among other notables.

SORRY, BUT YOUR SOUL JUST DIED

It is the great intellectual event of the late 20th century: new discoveries in neuroscience are challenging our established ideas about morality, free will and human nature. But can science really tell the whole story?

'His contribution cannot be underestimated'

Thus, on Tuesday, Matthew Bannister, 'the Fat Controller' of Radio 1, paid tribute to Chris Evans. He might have meant to say that his contribution was enormous - "cannot be exaggerated", or he might have meant what his words actually meant - his contribution was zero. A slip or a truth? We should be told. And if it was a slip, was it Freudian or Mrs Malaprop? Les Dawson said his mother-in-law's gravestone carried the tribute "gone but not forgiven".

Honest John versus Tricky Tony...

That's about the level we can expect in this campaign. Both men deserve better

Girls will be girls

GUT SYMMETRIES by Jeanette Winterson, Granta pounds 15.99

False memory ends sex assault case

A sex assault prosecution was dropped yesterday after experts advised that the alleged victim could be suffering from False Memory Syndrome, partly triggered by storylines in the television series Brookside and Cracker.

Operatic visions in a conspiratorial world

Academics still tie themselves in knots over the Wagnerian phenomenon. Never mind the theories, what about the music says Dermot Clinch; Wagner by Michael Tanner HarperCollins, pounds 16.99

LETTER : Dragged in

Sir: Your piece (Diary, 4 April) about Chevalier d'Eon and his transvestism was amusing, but I have to take seriously the putting of words into the mouth of Sigmund Freud. "Eonism" was coined by Henry Havelock Ellis, who considered it simpler than "transvestism". As a matter of fact, Freud wrote nothing on this subject.

Obituary: Marthe Robert

The appearance of a new book by Marthe Robert was always a rare and exciting event for me. Rare, because she published infrequently and wrote essays of exemplary brilliance: exciting because she defended many of the writers I most admired - Heinrich von Kleist, Franz Kafka, Robert Walser, Georg Buchner, Gustave Flaubert, Antonin Artaud.

Candid collection of the famous for sale

Photograph auction: Fruits of businessman's unusual hobby will net thousands

Naked Mata Hari goes on sale with quizzical Freud

Photograph auction: Fruits of businessman's unusual hobby are likely to fetch thousands of pounds

THEATRE Hysteria, Duke of York's, WC2

Robert Hanks is enlightened by the strange case of Terry J

CINEMA: John Lyttle on film

Species - what can one say? Here's a movie that makes Congo come on like Citizen Kane, makes The Net seem as exciting as my Aunt Sadie's wedding album, makes you think almost fondly of Jack and Sarah... oh, alright, no, maybe it isn't quite that bad. Anyhow, it's a hit (spot the missing letter) and you have to ask why. It hasn't a thing to do with originality - basically, we're talking Alien with breasts - thespian ability (as an actor Michael Madsen makes a lovely occasional table) or even special effects: too much morphing, no imagination.

Comedy: Toilet humour puts bums on seats

IN THE foyer of Woking's handsome New Victoria theatre - home for three nights last week to Bottom's "Big Number Two Tour" - there are commemorative items for sale. Among them is a denim shirt which costs pounds 35 and has "Bottom" written on it. If any group of people in the country was going to find a shirt with the word "Bottom" written on it funny, you'd think this audience would be the one, but strangely no one is laughing.

Vlad the Outrageous shows off his Freudian tendencies takes another whiff of oxygen struts his sexist stuff

To Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a televised brawl on the floor of Russia's parliament was just another whiff of the oxygen of publicity, guaranteed to win his tiny ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party more votes.
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Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

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The rise of Lego Clubs

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada