Arts and Entertainment Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

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

Brian Haw: A statue would be a fitting tribute to a man of peace

This notorious protester deserves a permanent presence in Parliament Square

My list of the greatest time-wasting internet sites

Bored at work? Here are some suggestions to make the time fly by.

Danny Baker: unique voice

Danny Baker back on air after Thursday's rant at BBC bosses

Presenter Danny Baker took to the airwaves today for the first time since his on-air rant against BBC bosses.

Pointless asks its players to come up with obscure answers to broad general-knowledge question

Game shows: A completely pointless move into books

It's among the most popular shows on television, but if you work nine to five, chances are you've never seen it. Pointless asks its players to come up with obscure answers to broad general-knowledge questions; those with the fewest points proceed to the next round. Like the best game shows, it makes perfect sense as soon as you've watched five minutes of it.

Rebecca Tyrrel: Stephanie and the two Labour Eds would not make for a happy ménage à trois

Who knew that the economics editor of the BBC is so well connected that if anything happened to Kevin Bacon, the dinner-party game could be remodelled as Six Degrees of Stephanie Flanders? Stephanie's stellar achievement in the sphere of unlikely inter-connection already dwarfs anything managed by Bacon.

Leading article: Paul Chambers and a deserved last laugh

Common sense has finally prevailed in the case of Paul Chambers, the Doncaster man whose conviction for sending a "menacing electronic communication" on Twitter was quashed yesterday in the High Court.

Hugh Laurie - comedian, actor, now musician - on stage

Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band, Hammersmith Apollo, London
Marilyn Manson, Brixton Academy, London

He's an English actor who's as authentically bluesy as a game of cricket – but Hugh Laurie does a great impression of an American roots original

Simon Kelner: Tweeting isn't always wise, unless you're Stephen Fry

Iassume we're all in favour of openness, accountability and free exchange of information, but do you ever secretly long for a time when we didn't know quite so much about people's lives, whether they be public figures or not?

Sir Terry Pratchett wins Wodehouse book prize

Best-selling novelist Sir Terry Pratchett has a new honour to go with the Bafta he won at the weekend: a pig named after one of his books.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie reunite for Oscar Wilde family

Stephen Fry will be reunited with comedy partner Hugh Laurie in a new animated film based on the work of Oscar Wilde, it has been announced.

Leveson Inquiry: Regulation of Stephen Fry's tweets mooted

The editor of one of the world's most successful news websites today raised the prospect of Stephen Fry's Twitter page being regulated.

View of Berwick town from across the river

A foot in two nations along the Tweed

Criss-cross between England and Scotland on this scenic Northumberland walk, says Mark Rowe

Britons were out in force yesterday at places such as Brighton beach, left, to enjoy warm weather conditions that matched those in Tunisia

The good news: it's hotter than North Africa. The bad news: there's now a hosepipe ban

Sunshine and warm temperatures come at a price as dry winters result in water shortages

Advertising: Fry says forget Corfu – go to Cornwall

The Greek islands, Portugal and the wider eurozone are disparaged in a new television advertisement promoting domestic tourism.

Terence Blacker: I'm nicer online than in real life

It is one of those moments when news from the virtual world has kicked real life off the front pages. Google has taken upon itself the right to pass on details of everyone's online life; meanwhile, the mini-chat site Twitter is six years old, and i's Twitter 100, a chart of the most influential tweeters, has been published.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003