Arts and Entertainment David Blunkett thinks shows that mock politicians should be subject to tougher libel scrutiny

Programmes that mock politicians cross the line from satire to comment, he says

Unite pulls out of university project

Obituary: Eric Mackerness

ERIC MACKERNESS was a long-serving and distinguished member of the teaching staff at Sheffield University.

Books: Farewell to Sligger, Beetles and bottom-patting Oscar

Fred Inglis says goodbye, and good riddance, to the creepy time- servers and intellectual nonentities of old Oxbridge

Letter: Post-mortem ethics

Sir: The distressing experiences of Jeremy and Sandra McKenzie ("Baby organ scandal", letter, 9 December) highlight the need for bereaved parents and other relatives to have a full explanation of the purpose of post-mortem examinations and of their legal basis.

Blair `faces same end as Thatcher'

TONY BLAIR has been warned that his "control freakery" could result in him losing touch with Labour Party members, and then losing power.

FOCUS: BABIES AT RISK; Mothers who kill: not as rare as we think

Last week Sally Clark was convicted of murdering her two babies. She said they were `cot death' victims. How many other parents have done the same?

Obituary: Norman Thompson

NORMAN THOMPSON joined the Department of Physics at Bristol University in 1933, and, apart from the years of the Second World War and a sabbatical year in the United States, he remained there until his retirement in 1975. He had joined the department at the same time as Nevill Mott, and he was the last survivor of those pre-war days.

Real Life: Come as you are

On TV, in magazines - now there's even a photographic exhibition devoted to the female orgasm. Enough, says DEBORAH ORR

Missing matter may be found in mine-shaft

THE FIRST hints that scientists may be on the path to solving one of the biggest conundrums in the universe were revealed yesterday by physicists in search of the mysterious missing matter of space.

Books: Shining in the darkness

Richard Canning admires a brilliant illuminator of troubled family life; The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tibn Picador, pounds 15, 263pp

Which Way 99: student file: the sky's the limit

going to university isn't just about working hard. It's also about meeting new people and having new experiences. And what better way than to join a club?

New inquiry into child harm disorder

THE CONTROVERSIAL diagnosis of Munchausen's by proxy, a form of child abuse that can end in death, is to be investigated by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The Eclipse: Quotes of the Day

"The next one in Britain is in 2090, and I will be retired by then." Howard Ilett, 81, an astronomer who also saw the 1927 eclipse.
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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices