Sport Usain Bolt claims he devoured 1,000 Chicken McNuggets a day during the Beijing Olympics

View from the Sofa: Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, Channel 4

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham at St Pancras yesterday

London 2012: Party feel for Olympic closing ceremony

The Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said.

Director Stephen Daldry has promised that the closing ceremony will be 'the best wedding party you’ve ever been at'.

London 2012: Closing ceremony director Stephen Daldry vows best party ever

When is the closing ceremony? It starts at 9pm London time on Sunday and is due to finish before midnight.

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham at St Pancras yesterday

Spice Girls 'set for Olympics closing ceremony'

Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparently rehearsing for Sunday's extravaganza.

A view of the Olympic Stadium

London 2012: Madness to perform at closing ceremony

Following up on their Diamond Jubilee performance Madness will be taking centre stage at the Olympics closing ceremony.

Pop star Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn

Gary Barlow fans set up charity in memory of stillborn baby Poppy

Fans of Gary Barlow have started a charity fund in memory of the star's stillborn daughter Poppy.

Gary Barlow mourns stillborn daughter

Pop star Gary Barlow and his wife were today mourning the loss of their baby daughter.

(From left) San Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis

Gymnastics: Multiple directions – do GB5 a boyband make?

"Britain has a new smash-hit boy band – a five-strong well-muscled group that brought more noise to the O2 last night than Guns N' Roses," roared The Times yesterday after the heroics of Britain's male gymnasts on Monday. But how do GB5 compare in the boy band stakes with the likes of One Direction:

Baby joy for Take That star Mark Owen and wife Emma Ferguson as daughter Fox India is born

Take That star Mark Owen has become a father for the third time after his wife gave birth to a baby girl.

Northern Rock was sold to Virgin Money, owned by Richard Branson, last year. The sale was controversial: by injecting a subsidiary into the bank, Virgin was able to realise millions of pounds. Effectively, it part paid for Northern Rock with cash it was able to take out of the bank

Sir Richard Branson eyes Virgin Records deal

Sir Richard Branson is considering buying back Virgin Records more than 40 years after founding the business that spawned his empire.

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Trafford College

Ed Miliband mocks David Cameron over Jimmy Carr tax row

David Cameron was accused of using his attack on the tax affairs of comedian Jimmy Carr as a distraction from the G20 summit's failure to secure a route out of the economic crisis.

Aung San Suu Kyi mingles with MPs and peers after addressing both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to Britain to help drive her country's transformation

Burma's opposition leader tells MPs her people can only get 'so far' on their own. By Nigel Morris

Carr apologises for 'error of judgement' as PM is accused of hypocrisy over tax comments

Under fire comedian Jimmy Carr today issued an apology for what he called a 'terrible error of judgement' as the row over his tax avoidance embroiled the Prime Minister in a hypocrisy row.

Jimmy Carr doesn't believe that he's done anything wrong

David Cameron joins the attacks on Jimmy Carr over 'morally wrong' scheme to avoid tax

But Prescott accuses PM of double standards with tweeted reference to Lord Ashcroft

Observations: Prometheus lives again – and takes to the streets

Not to be confused with Ridley Scott's alien thriller Prometheus, another reinterpretation of the Greek myth arrives in Greenwich next week. Prometheus Awakes will be a piece of theatre on a grand scale - providing the weather stays fine.

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‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
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Through the stories of his accusers
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Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
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When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible