The winner of the 2013 'The World's Biggest Liar' competition Mike Naylor

Story of mythical marine creature takes top prize at Cumbria's World's Biggest Liar competition

Mike Naylor, aka Monkey Liar, defeats tall tales of 11 fibbers to claim £25 prize

Comedian Barry Cryer who has criticised today's sitcoms for lacking believable characters.

Comedian Barry Cryer: Sitcoms do not need jokes

Comedian Barry Cryer has criticised today's sitcoms for lacking believable characters.

Andy McSmith's Diary: It wasn’t ‘just like that’ in Tommy Cooper’s day

As MPs gathered after the half-term break, you could hear the question whizzing around the building: “Do you know who they are?” The reference was to a mystery story festooned across the front of the Mail on Sunday about an extramarital affair between two unnamed famous people.

Nadine Dorries may be heading home from I'm a Celebrity, but there'll be no welcome parade

The Mid-Beds MP hoped she would leave a political impression. She hasn't

Leading article: Just like that

So the BBC is to bring back magic shows on Saturday night. And being the Corporation of today, they plan to do it in full, interactive style. There will be three of the world's leading magicians competing against each other with ever more elaborate tricks before a studio audience, who will give them the thumbs up or down each week. And to give it an educational twist, viewers will be able to press the red button to learn how to do their own tricks at home. "A truly spectacular Spectacular," says the head of Shine TV, the glossily named company producing the show.

It's the way he tells them... Vine's joke is Edinburgh's best

Analysing humour, it has been said, is a bit like dissecting a frog. You can do it – but the frog dies in the process. So it is probably not wise to try to explain exactly why a one-liner by Tim Vine has been named as the best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Le Cirque Invisible, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The magnificent ruby reign of circus royalty

My Life in Ten Questions...Dave Gorman

Television comedian Dave Gorman spoke to The Independent Online about his hidden talent for rock balancing, his passion for darts and the time he saw Tony Bennett urinating. His new show 'Genius,' will air on BBC 2 in September.

Betty Driver: Manchester’s oldest barmaid celebrates her 90th birthday

She was one of the brightest stars of British variety, and she's worked with everyone from George Formby to Sir Ian McKellen. Now, after a remarkable 40 years on the set of 'Coronation Street', Manchester's oldest barmaid is looking forward to her 90th birthday

Nevin's Notes: 01/05/2010

An alternative take on the election

Flights of angels on the shelf: The literary revival of heavenly creatures

As Danielle Trussoni's thriller 'Angelology' lands to compete with Dan Brown, Peter Stanford looks at the literary revival of heavenly creatures – and the authors who claim to know them

Ted Durante: Comic strongman and stalwart of 'The Good Old Days'

Ted Durante was the Tommy Cooper of strongman acts, whose valiant efforts to lift a weight, or balance a tray of drinks on the end of a pole, usually collapsed into disaster.

Alan Watkins: Heath bullied. Thatcher too. But not this PM

Some incumbents of No 10 really have tormented colleagues. This one is just bad-tempered – and bad at his job

Kindon proves it <i>is</i> a funny old game

The 'runaway wardrobe' of the 1970s is now an award-winning speaker &ndash; and he always shoots from the lisp
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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