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Perhaps we are entering a new cold front in our emotional weather

Howard Jacobson: Let's move the tents to Simon Cowell's backyard

In Zurich briefly to give a reading, I look out of my hotel window towards the Lindenhof and see what appears to be a fairground or gypsy encampment. I hear music and smell roasting meat.

Gordon Brown is on a restless search for new ways to make himself useful

Diary: Brown's concerted effort is not music to everyone's ears

Gordon Brown is on a restless search for new ways to make himself useful and save the world, but his latest scheme is not looking like a winner.

Deborah Ross: I just wish I could give to everyone

I won't be contributing to the Dahl family's £500,000 appeal to help restore and shift Roald's shed, if only because I am already contributing towards the shifting of Sir Paul McCartney's pergola, which, sadly, is currently north-facing whereas south-facing would be more the ticket.

Deborah Ross: I just wish I could give to everyone

If you ask me...

Simon Cowell warned Cheryl to 'raise her game'

Simon Cowell warned Cheryl Cole to "raise her game" days before she was sacked from 'The X Factor'.

Album: Will Young, Echoes (RCA)

Last year's Groove Armada collaboration "History" suggested the Pop Idol charmer had a cracking dance album in him.

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (14/08/11)

Rant

Fear and loving: The two-edged charm of the snake

The accidental death of a cobra-lover has highlighted the strange passion some feel for serpents. Michael Bywater tries to explain

Simon Cowell backs Louis Walsh over indecent assault claims

X Factor supremo Simon Cowell said he will support Louis Walsh "100 per cent" after allegations he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old man.

There is a great woman behind every man, even Simon Cowell

Without the creative input of Cécile Frot-Coutaz into his American reality shows the TV mogul's fame and fortune would be considerably diminished, reports Stephen Foley in New York

Cheryl Cole's still a good friend, says Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell hopes he is still "close friends" with Cheryl Cole after dropping her from the US version of the show.

Ah, the drama! 'BGT' favourite Ronan is pipped at the post

Jai McDowall wins 'Britain's Got Talent'. Nick Duerden on how Simon Cowell's applecart was upset

Police rebuff Cowell over 'fixing' claim

Police sources indicated that there may not be a formal investigation into a complaint from Simon Cowell against an anonymous blogger who alleged that Ronan Parke, a 12-year-old boy contesting this evening's Britain's Got Talent television final, already had a management deal with Cowell's company Syco and had been moulded to appeal to the audience – something Cowell denies.

Harriet Walker: We haven't all got what it takes to fulfil our dreams

At school, children are always encouraged to think in terms of their talent, be it the ability to exquisitely replicate Leonardo Da Vinci from memory or simply to avoid being caught by the police. Now though, talent has become a devalued sort of nothingness, more adjectival than anomalous, and the cultural equivalent of the E.coli that is thought to be squelching away in so many European cucumbers.

Simon Cowell calls in police over 'fixing' claims

Pop mogul Simon Cowell has called in police over an anonymous internet claim that popular TV contest Britain's Got Talent is fixed.

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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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