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Conspiracy theorist says new station will 'give people who are currently voiceless in the mainstream media their say'

Jeremy Beadle, king of the TV practical jokers, dies aged 59

Jeremy Beadle, the quiz-master and king of the televised practical joke in ITV's Beadle's About and You've Been Framed, has died of pneumonia while suffering from leukaemia. He was 59.

Clare Clark: Nocturnal services

Her first novel was set against the pungent backdrop of Victorian London's sewers, her second in the filth and squalor of the 18th century.It wasn't intentional, protests Clare Clark - the research just took over

Wild things: the weirdest facts from the animal kingdom

Did you know that trout fake orgasms, or that frogs swallow with their eyes? Matt Walker scours the latest zoological research to find the interesting facts

The way we travel: summertime's travel tribes

In the 1950s, there was the wealthy and fashionable jet set - and the rest of us. No more. Whether you're heading for a far-flung island or going local, John Walsh has got your ticket

GUILTY PLEASURES: NO 12. JOHN BIRD ON `WOMAN'S HOUR'

I'VE NEVER really spoken to anyone about Woman's Hour on Radio 4 before, because it deals with things that men like me generally don't get involved in, like health, dieting and fashion.

Radio: They say that waking up is hard to do

After 18 years presenting the breakfast show Christ Tarrant has left Capital Radio with a yawning gap. Lucy Rouse reports

Wogan's road tirade angers Scots village

TERRY WOGAN has fallen out with the people of Tomintoul, Scotland's highest village, after calling the local authorities slack for not keeping their road free of snow.

Singer Frankie Vaughan dies aged 71

THE SINGER Frankie Vaughan died yesterday at the age of 71. Although the height of his popularity occurred in relatively recent times, his style now seems that of a bygone age.

Film: The gospel according to Noah

Australian actor Noah Taylor enjoys rubbishing his past efforts. Does this make him mature or just mouthy?

Terry Wogan is a SAGA kind of guy. So is Des Lynam . But then, so too is ......... You can't pigeon hole Britain's growing army of over- fifties. They've cast off their slippers, chucked out their flasks and now, with the help of their own radio station, the baby boomers are hell-bent on world domination. You have been warned...

"All we need," sang Freddie Mercury to gleeful crowds of twentysomethings at the Live Aid concert, "is Radio Gaga..." Fourteen years on, nearly 50,000 ageing readers of Saga magazine have decided that, give or take a consonant, it's all they need. Of the multitude of over-fifties who responded to a questionnaire published recently in the million-selling Crumblies' Monthly, an overwhelming four-fifths said they would like a radio station which was like "a broadcast version" of the magazine.

Why Are They Famous? Lulu

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Radio 4 discovers its `lost' audience found

RADIO 4 has seen its audience leap an extra 1.5m listeners a week thanks to a more accurate type of listener research.

From Cortina to Conran...

THOSE WERE the days, 1979.... It was not the best of times. The most popular wine in the United Kingdom was Hirondelle, a pale distillation of hydrochlorically tart grapes, which, if applied with a damp cloth, could obliterate the Queen's face from a 50p piece.

Leading Article: Our flair for irony

WHO SAYS there is no such thing as progress? Anyone reading the Institute of Management's recent survey comparing our sad lives in 1979 to our glorious existences today will swiftly conclude that the world - or at least Britain - is getting infinitely better. In the late Seventies, the abstract average Briton was barmy enough to drive a Ford Cortina, drink Hirondelle (wine) and watch Blankety Blank in its pristine Terry Wogan period. Ten years on, the Fiesta had arrived in our hearts, we adored Piat d'Or, and Coronation Street was the viewing of choice.
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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Pinstriped for action

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