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Diary: Throwing the book at Blair

The preparations for Tony Blair's book signing at Waterstone's Piccadilly sounded a tad over the top when they were announced yesterday morning. The former PM will sign copies of his memoir, A Journey, on 8 September, reported The Bookseller. However: "Customers cannot be photographed with Blair, there will be no personal dedications and all bags, backpacks and briefcases must be checked in, along with cameras and mobile phones... Blair will sign a maximum of two books per customer." The security rigmarole seemed slightly more salient by the afternoon, however, when the Stop The War Coalition set up a Facebook page calling on its members to stage a "mass protest" at the event, and announced plans to arrest Blair for alleged war crimes. "We will be asking people to boycott Waterstone's completely and shut the chain of shops down if this event goes ahead," warned activist Andrew Burgin. Mr Burgin also works as a second-hand bookseller, but far be it from me to suggest he might have an ulterior motive.

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Media tycoon Desmond buys TV's Five

Newspaper and magazine proprietor Richard Desmond has bought TV channel Five, it was announced today.

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Diary: You must be joking, Stewart

Comedian Stewart Lee is not amused by an online vote to find a "comedy god" among the past winners of (and nominees for) the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award and its predecessor, the Perrier. The poll to celebrate the award's 30th year is, Lee suggests in an email to its publicist Anna Arthur (seen by comedy website Chortle.co.uk), "the most shameful, inane thing I have seen in all the years I have been doing the [Edinburgh] Fringe." The awards have, he goes on, been criticised previously for the developing world policies of Perrier's parent company Nestlé, among other things. Moreover, "It is not possible for the outcome of this poll to have any credibility. How dare you proceed with this farcical, selfish idea?... Corporate whores. Morons. Illiterates... Your cynicism is breathtaking." And so on. This aversion to polls didn't stop Lee appearing as a talking head on the Channel 4 show, The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups (decided by public vote), then naming his 2008 stand-up tour accordingly: 41st Best Stand Up Ever.

Desmond to buy Channel Five 'by end of the week'

Richard Desmond, the newspaper proprietor and media tycoon, is expected to announce his purchase of Channel Five by the end of the week.

The business on: Richard Desmond, Northern & Shell

Is Dirty Des buying channel Five?

Matthew Norman's Diary: Voice of liberty silenced by courts... and The Sun

And so it ended, Jon Gaunt's career as SunTalk's Voice of Free Speech, not with a bang or even a whimper, but with deafening dead air. One minute there he was, Gaunty, up at the Court of Appeal, challenging Ofcom's censure over his depiction of a councillor as a "Nazi" on the most convincing human rights grounds. The next, the case duly lost, News International marginally refined its plan to launch a digital station with Gaunty at the helm, into closing SunTalk at once and dropping the digital idea.

Forlan rules out Premier League return

Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has ruled out ever returning to the Barclays Premier League although he insists he has fond memories of his time with Manchester United.



Richard Desmond: 'I've got so much money it's ridiculous'

Richard Desmond's many critics will shudder to hear that he's rolling in it – and has very big plans. The media magnate talks to Ian Burrell

Tipping point: The throwaway society

Time was when you could chuck something into your rubbish bin and forget about it. Not any more. Paul Vallely lifts the lid on one of the most pungent political issues of the day

Tottenham admit interest in Cole

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he is interested in taking Joe Cole to White Hart Lane.

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He refused to toe the government line in 1940, and reported the stories he felt were vital.
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