Arts and Entertainment What a racket: Conor Woodman in 'Scam City'

It's not just that the National Geographic documentary series Scam City is a pointless programme, it's that it's also a uniquely irritating one. Whereas most consumer watchdogs investigate scams at the instigation of aggrieved parties, in Scam City presenter Conor Woodman, travels the world looking for trouble and – what's more pitiful – often fails to find it.

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Germany overcame a stubborn Portuguese resistance to win their group game 1-0. A Mario Gomez header in the second half finally broke the deadlock after Portugal’s midfield trio had stifled the much-vaunted German attack for large parts of the game.

Germany striker Mario Gomez hits back at criticism

Germany striker Mario Gomez has hit back at criticism of his performance in their win over Portugal by pointing out only Lionel Messi scored more Champions League goals than him last season and questioning why he should change his game.

Fantasy Band: Julia Stone

'Stevie Nicks is such a great woman, so cool. Her voice is beautiful'

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq will play at Greyfriars Kirk in August

Scotland embraces the world’s bravest orchestra

Government stumps up £100,000 to ensure musicians from Middle East can play at festival

Forrest's dashing good looks were matched by his rich, velvety voice

John Forrest: Actor, painter and magician who worked with David Lean and Lord Olivier

John Forrest was a magician before he was an actor. The painter, Stanley Spencer's black-sheep brother Horace, taught him card tricks in a boat on the Thames when he was 10. And "magic" fascinated him for the rest of his life. Or, as he put it, "illusion". "Everything I've done has been to do with illusion," he said in a 1996 Radio 4 documentary: "acting, painting, and making things appear and disappear. Perhaps I couldn't deal with reality"

Album: Saint Etienne, Words and Music by Saint Etienne (Heavenly)

The handover between "Over the Border" - a semi-spoken memoir about the powerful hold of pop over the young mind - and "I've Got Your Music" encapsulates everything that's great about Saint Etienne: one minute they're singing about great pop, the next they're actually doing some.

How We Met: Chris Cox and Tim Minchin

'I get frustrated by how good he is, but it inspires me to do better'

Anderson's fiver appears spent in vain

Nottinghamshire 169 & 304 Lancashire 146 & 39-5
Jake Chapman

Observations: Sculptors in full swing as they tee up a crazy course

Would you like to whack a sculpture with a golf ball? The first bespoke fine art mini-golf course in the UK has nine holes, each being designed by well-known artists, including Jake Chapman and David Shrigley.

The 10 Best science kits

1. Chemistry Lab

RAYMOND TELLER: The magician claims to have created the Shadows trick as a teenager

Penn and Teller take magician to court over trick

Two magicians at crossed wands are heading to court over the rights to an illusion and the very principle of the secrecy of magic.

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The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee, By Glyn Parry

Was Queen Elizabeth wise to appoint a court occultist, even one who claimed to confer with the angels? The truth is, most rulers were at it

Simon Kelner: A renaissance man and a much-overlooked sport

Not long after Fabio Capello had resigned in the time-honoured fashion of being thrown overboard, we were discussing the big sporting question of the moment: why has table tennis never taken off as a television sport, given that everything from darts and snooker to pro-celebrity golf has had its moment?

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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