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The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

Jonathan Ross may like to think he is recognised for his wit, but no - it is `his inability to roll his Rs'

There's nothing like an obituary for cutting a life down to size. When Brian Glover died last week, for example, at least one tabloid described him as "Tetley Tea star Brian Glover". "The 63-year-old actor had a string of top TV and movie credits", the report continued, "but was best known as the voice behind the hit TV ad". This combination of bathos and efficiency - "Oh yes. That one. The perforations man", you think at once - is an almost perfect instance of the "best known" construction, a bit of off- the-peg journalese without which many newspapers would be in considerable difficulties.

Pelicans, postures and small Fry

Robert Hanks the week on radio

It's okay, I'm a psychiatrist

Is prime-time popular psychology unhealthy voyeurism masquerading as entertainment - or genuine therapy for subjects and listeners alike? TV and radio shrinks may be in danger of jeopardising their own credibility.

Fry tells of his lowest moment

The actor and writer Stephen Fry is to disclose how he came within a second of turning on his car ignition and trying to kill himself with exhaust fumes. The admission comes during an interview for BBC Radio 4's In The Psychiatrist's Chair, to be broadcast next Sunday.

Kitaj causes pounds 1m stir at Royal Academy show

Brilliant splashes of colour and exquisitely-executed black and white prints jostled side by side as the critics got the first glimpse of the 229th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, yesterday.

Obituary: Dennis Main Wilson

Dennis Main Wilson was an enthusiast; one of the breed of producers who emerged, or rather exploded, into the BBC after the Second World War.

Books you listen to

Humour is the best-selling category of audio books. Talkies Best Comedy Award went to The Long Johns (Laughing Stock, c 1hr, pounds 5.99), John Bird and John Fortune's brilliant mock interviews satirising political cynicism and expediency from the Rory Bremner Show. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (BBC, c 1hr, pounds 5.99) turns Dickens's story on its head with predictably hilarious results.

Joyce: soldier, poet ... and man. (Thanks, readers)

I recently quoted some lines of poetry which started as follows:

NOVEL IDEAS

Last week Ewan "Trainspotting" McGregor signed-up to play James Joyce in a forthcoming biopic of the Irish writer. After the success of literary adaptations from Emma to Jude, we should probably feel grateful it's not a remake of Ulysses, but simply the latest in a long line of movies scheduled to introduce cinema-goers to Lives of the Great Artists.

Life from Mars discovered on the fringe

While Nasa has pledged to pour resources into establishing whether there is life on Mars, a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival is conducting its own exploration into the apparent arrival of two Martian children on earth in the 12th century.

The stars aren't as bright in London

When you live a hundred or more miles outside London, as I do, there are several things you learn to live without and one of them is Carlton Television. Many of my London friends make jokes about Carlton TV and roar with laughter, and I can't do the same because, like Jazz FM, the Evening Standard and the M25, it doesn't get this far out of London, and I haven't the faintest idea what they are talking or laughing about.

Jokers in cyberspace

surf's up; The Web is a playground for comedians - but even comics can fall victim to pranksters ...

Diana's grey matter

Anthony Julius

All stitched up - well, nearly

It's a made-for-TV film with artistic credentials, a weird cast of characters - and it's four and a half hours long. `The great accomplishment of The Kingdom is its blending of black comedy, farce and ghost story'

Deals with high style

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