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Lancaster believes that stability will provide success with his current contract set to run out after the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil

Diary: No love lost at BBC for Oliver

A first for this column, which was quoted on yesterday's Today programme by a gleeful Justin Webb. The source of Webb's amusement was newspaper coverage of Craig Oliver, No10's new spin chief, arriving for work wearing headphones that I described as "denoting a middle-aged man keen to convince passers-by that he was once deeply into hip-hop".

Desmond to run a national health lottery

The media baron Richard Desmond launched The Health Lottery yesterday, a nationwide scheme that he claimed would generate £50m a year for charitable projects outside National Health Service funding.

Business Diary: Chair envy at Channel Five

Divide and rule? There's a certain amount of jealousy to be found just now at the central London headquarters of Richard Desmond's ever-expanding media empire.

It's the pits! Why Bernie hates his new biography

The rags-to-riches romp was simple for writer Tom Bower – until his subject saw a section about his ex-wife

Diary: Jackie Wilson says... Amis is OK

It's a while since Martin Amis wrote a novel of any great renown, but media types remain intent on sniffing out controversy in the poor chap's every utterance. So it was that last week he landed himself in a literary version of the Sky sexism row, with the Keysian contention that he'd only write a children's book if he had "a serious brain injury". Children's authors rushed to condemn him. "Arrogant twaddle," said Lucy Coats. "If he looked at the talent in children's literature he might change his mind," said Anthony Horowitz. "If I gave him £100 to write a children's book I bet he'd do a good one," agreed Roger McGough. Yet Amis has an ally in Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, who was today named the most borrowed author of the past 10 years in British libraries. "He's a very committed dad," she tells me. "When one of his daughters was younger, Martin and his wife queued up to get my book signed for her. He was sweet and charming and he's committed to making sure children are brought up reading children's books. He just likes to make dramatic statements." You'd think, with all this publicity, that he might sell a few more books.

DJ Taylor: Freedom's just another word for...

...being rude about Mexicans on 'Top Gear'. Meanwhile, teen sex scenes in the US version of 'Skins' have caused alarm

Anne Hathaway reveals family plan

Anne Hathaway is "dying" to have children.

Terence Blacker: We should hire more people like Miss Rusty, not fire them

It is rather early in the year to be making nominations for the annual Pride of Britain award for heroes of everyday life, but it would be a surprise if there are stronger candidates than the teacher known to her pupils as "Miss Rusty".

Desmond withdraws his titles from press complaints regulation

The publisher Richard Desmond yesterday delivered a damaging blow to supporters of self-regulation of the press by effectively withdrawing his newspapers and magazines from the Press Complaints Commission.

Desmond bids to capture Top of the Pops

It is the formerly much-loved music show that the BBC now only dusts off for special occasions. But the Corporation has vowed to block an audacious bid by the media magnate Richard Desmond to relaunch Top of the Pops on Channel 5.

Ann Murray: Actress and broadcaster whose credits encompass ‘The Archers’ and ‘Star Wars’

Ann Murray, the actress, writer and lecturer, and mother of Christopher Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, was the daughter of the founder of Canadian Broadcasting and a well-known broadcaster in this country.

The Feral Beast: Blue times at the Beeb

It wasn't just the airwaves that turned blue on Monday when Today programme presenter James Naughtie became tongue-tied and mispronounced the surname of the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt; an error quickly repeated by Andrew Marr.

Stylist with the key to Lady Gaga's wardrobe

Nicola Formichetti's British Fashion Awards triumph is a belated nod to the industry's unsung heroes
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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