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

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Acerbic Ed Miliband jokes have Jack Straw rolling in the aisles

The Labour adviser turned stand-up Matt Forde came face-to-face with one of his subjects when Jack Straw showed up at his show this week. "I was just kicking my shoes off in my dressing room after the show and the former Foreign Secretary popped his head around the door", he said.

Vitaly Milonov was speaking after Mr Fry called for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of homophobic prejudice in Russia

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov brands Stephen Fry ‘sick’ during anti-gay rant

Vitaly Milonov also likened homosexuality to bestiality on BBC Radio 5 live

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Edinburgh 2013: John Lloyd's The Liff of QI does exactly what it says on the tin

The comedy producer and QI founder John Lloyd does exactly what he sets out to do with this show - at least according to the blurb on his flyer: to take the audience on a journey via The Meaning of Liff (the spoof lexicon he co-wrote with Douglas Adams) and his constant search for quite interesting facts.

Album review: The Duckworth Lewis Method, Sticky Wickets (Divine Comedy Records)

The follow-on to their beloved titular 2009 debut finds Duckworth and Lewis exploring further aspects of the beautiful game, from its amateur enjoyability and levelling qualities to the euphonious variety of its argot.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Chips are down as spudlord takes aim at Cameron

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Stephen Fry with Nick Clegg and Hugh Grant at a reception to celebrate the government's consultation on gay marriage in September 2012

Nick Clegg 'very moved' by Stephen Fry's frankness about suicide bid and bipolar disorder

Nick Clegg has praised Stephen Fry's bravery after he spoke openly about his mental health issues and attempted suicide.

Actor, author, presenter and director Stephen Fry was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder

'The victim of my own moods': Stephen Fry reveals suicide attempt in 2012, adding TV producer saved his life

'It was a close-run thing... my body convulsed so much that I broke four ribs'

There, their or they're? It matters to me

If you send a text that is grammatically correct, it shows that you have taken care over your message - you have treated the recipient with due respect

Virtually Stephen Fry 'lets Stephen broadcast himself directly to your pocket, keeping you up to date with the goings-on of the actual Stephen Fry'

Virtually Stephen Fry: Star launches (possibly) the world's most self-regarding app

If you feel you need more Stephen Fry in your life, the actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, presenter, director, activist, and board member of Norwich City Football Club has launched possibly the world’s most self-regarding app.

Under new Facebook regulations users can contact Tom Daley in his private inbox for the price of £10.68

It'll cost you over a tenner to Facebook message Tom Daley - but why doesn't he see a penny of it?

This new system, which connects strangers and celebrities, seems far behind Twitter

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Age: 53</br>
Estimated wealth: £15m to £20m</br>
Biggest Hits: Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, House, The Oranges, Let Them Talk (album)</br>
Quote: “I don’t have a single complete show or movie or anything else that I could look at and say, ‘Nailed that one.’”

Breaking America? Anything Hugh Laurie can do, Stephen Fry can do better

Stephen Fry hopes to rival his former co-star's success in the States with a comedy series that sees him join forces with Rupert Grint

Stephen Fry is to co-star with Rupert Grint in a new CBS pilot

Stephen Fry to co-star in US comedy Super Clyde alongside Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint

Stephen Fry is to appear in a US pilot for CBS comedy Super Clyde alongside Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint.

Tony Robinson, presenter of 'Time Team'

Tony Robinson 'frustrated' after Channel 4 axes Time Team

TV star Tony Robinson has admitted Channel 4's decision to axe its archaeology series Time Team has left him "frustrated".

Have the years mellowed Julie Burchill's other great enmities?

Julie Burchill should be free to offend

Her piece had been written. It's been approved. It's been published. It has rolled off the printing presses several hundred thousand times over. Why 'withdraw' it?

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