Sport Sascha Kindred and his wife Nyree are both in GB’s swimming team and hoping to add to their impressive Paralympic medal hauls

As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

The big quiz on television movers and shakers

Who said TV isn't fun any more? The two biggest cult figures on the box are a mop-headed science boffin and a neurotic Scandinavian police detective.

Katy Guest: Is there an app for avoiding all techies?

The appeal of a private life with no unwanted help

Terence Blacker: The surest way to kill comedy is to pretend we're all the same

Playing safe is the enemy of comedy

Cooper Brown: Complaints

Well I’ve been having a fun time… not. I get a call from the powers that be to find out that I am being accused of “sexism” by the same sort of people who were bothered by the amusing banter of those two soccer commentators.

The Heretic, Royal Court, London

The National Theatre's current extravaganza about climate change, Greenland, shows the drawbacks of trying to write a play by committee (there are four authors involved).

Diary: At least Sally mixes well

Sally Bercow is, of course, the wife of Cuban-heeled Speaker of the House, Señor John Bercow. But she is also, these days, a star. So in demand are her talents, in fact, that I'm sadly unable to stump up the necessary funds to republish that saucy shot of her in a bedsheet from last week. (You'll have to make do with the fully clothed version, gents). To deal with her hard-earned celebrity, Mrs Bercow recently engaged the services of a showbiz agency to negotiate on her behalf. The arrestingly named firm, ASM Damage, may have failed to mitigate the fallout from her recent photoshoot, but its website reveals that: "Within the last 10 years ASM Damage has been responsible for breaking... successful urban acts such as So Solid Crew & Oxide & Neutrino, as well as pop acts such as Friday Hill & Blazin' Squad." Thus Mrs Bercow joins the same roster as Dane Bowers, Aggro Santos and Lisa Maffia. An odd fit, certainly, but as her online CV insists, she's "experienced and adept at mixing with people from all walks of life, and types of background".

Julie Burchill: We still love a joke, it's just that the real funnymen left the building long ago

The ignorant bigotry of Bernard Manning has been replaced by the cowardly, preening, calculated bullying of comics as different as Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle

Letters: multiculturalism

I am alarmed that David Cameron denigrated multiculturalism, to the applause of European Union ministers, some of whom are from right-wing parties. It was in Munich that Hitler held fascist rallies.

Terence Blacker: Whose idea of a joke involves sneering at dead people?

Once those in a position to reveal the flaws of those in power become establishment insiders, the world is much less problematical for politicians

Top Gear comments ‘vulgar, but not a matter for the law’

Human rights chief bows out of ‘Top Gear’ row. By Luke Blackall

Reassured by Rachel's quest for editorial balance

For reasons delayed until the final item (no peeping), I nipped into the local newsagent on Saturday to ask if he had a copy of a magazine called The Lady. "Everything we have like that," said the Sri Lankan guy, waving towards the top shelf, "is up there." I hereby apologise to him for cackling, because if Rachel Johnson remains its Editor for much longer he will look admirably prescient.

Editor-At-Large: Cancer's link with alcohol is driving me to drink...

Friday wasn't a good day for feeling positive. A newspaper front page screamed that ONE IN EIGHT WOMEN WILL GET BREAST CANCER – and the accompanying news story helpfully extrapolated new statistics to show that every single day in the UK, 130 females are diagnosed with the disease – 47,000 a year – a figure that has doubled in 30 years. And, if you haven't been struck down by the big C, then another grim fate could await you, according to the same paper – BRITISH WOMEN ARE NOW THE MOST OVERWEIGHT IN WESTERN EUROPE. Since the early 1980s, our average weight has ballooned from 64kg (just over 10st) to 71 kg (11st 2lb). In three decades, judging by this information, British women have turned into fat, waddling drunks with a very strong chance of being struck down by a life-changing disease.

Clarkson meets his match: Mexico's man in London is a 24/7 crimefighter

Far from snoring in front of the TV, the ambassador is on constant alert after taking on the drug cartels back home. As Joanna Moorhead reveals, he was sent here for his own safety

Leading article: Reverse gear

What A predictable dance. Last Sunday, the BBC's Top Gear team attempted to provoke by citing some tired old stereotypes about Mexicans. The Mexican ambassador duly took offence and wrote to the BBC to demand an apology. Yesterday the BBC issued an apology. And now everything will calm down. Until the next outbreak of offended fury, that is.

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