News German cockroaches - smaller than the famous American cockroach - have evolved to lose their sweet tooth

The creature crawled into his ear as he slept

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Exhibition: The future is 'Blue Peter' models

Designing in the Digital Age V&A, London

Letter: In Hoover's honour

Sir: If Chris Gulker would pause for a closer look at Hoover Tower, mid-jog, in his circuit along Sand Hill Road and through the Stanford University campus, he would discover that Stanford's distinctive landmark was named not "for the cross-dressing former head of the FBI", but for the former US President Herbert Hoover ("Outraged? A brisk jog is just the ticket", 16 August).

Edinburgh Festival '99: Too close for comfort

THEATRE Riddance Traverse Theatre, Venue 15 (0131-228 1404) to 4 Sept

The Friary newsletter: Patience, patients: you're here till you're cured

Hello! And a specially big welcome to all our new patients. We deal in straight talking and common sense here in the Behavioural Monitoring and Addiction-Corrective Facility. We don't have any truck with silly euphemisms like "guests" or reductive labels like "inmates". You're patients who will remain patients until you're better - or at least until you tell OK! magazine that you have experienced a period of vital retrenchment following a personal upset and are now well on the road to recovery, a journey made easier by the support of your loving ex-wife (with whom your relationship has never been stronger) and your five lovely children.

Comment: There's no one quite like grandpa

These days they don't get round to thinking about having babies until they are almost pensioners

Advertising: Work, rest and play

Not convinced your whites are whiter than white ... don't feel like chicken tonight ... think energy drinks are a load of Red Bull? Apparently, we just don't respond to advertising like we used to, and one man wants to find out why. Photographer Florian Jaenicke and writer Matthew Sweet meet Siamack Salari, coming to your living room while you ...

Man who invented hovercraft using old coffee tins dies at 89

SIR CHRISTOPHER Cockerell, the inventor of the Hovercraft and one of Britain's greatest engineers, has died three days short of his 89th birthday at a nursing home in Hythe, Hampshire. Sir Christopher, who died on Tuesday, had a long and distinguished career which involved taking part in the World War II effort to build radar, designing and developing an amphibious craft that could ride on a cushion of air, and patenting nearly 100 inventions.

Wilts worried by Dyson plan to expand into greenfield vacuum

ONE MUST pity anyone who takes on the irrepressible James Dyson - the entrepreneur who single-handedly revolutionised vacuum cleaning.

Fast Forward: Done and dusted - Vacuum cleaners

They clean up spills and look great too. Michael Oliveira-Salac and Martin Skegg run a sweepstake. Photographs by Phil Ward

Music: Rach is seen to shine at last

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Leading Article: Switch off the guilt and turn on your TV

IT IS time to liberate ourselves from one of the most tenacious guilt trips of modern life. A survey reports today that nearly everyone feels guilty about watching television. We know we should be reading Conrad, listening to Mahler, visiting lonely people in hospital, mowing the lawn, playing tennis, but let's just see whether there's anything on, shall we? From the earliest days, when the picture flickered if they switched on the vacuum cleaner next door, people pretended to watch less television than they did and television sets had doors to disguise them as drinks cabinets.

Dr Wordsmith decides to call time on the last baguette

PEOPLE ARE as concerned about the state of the English language as ever, and, to deal with the flood of inquiries about lexicological niceties, I am happy to welcome another visit from Dr Wordsmith. He has given up a few minutes from his ceaseless research into the evolution of modern English, conducted in pubs the length and breadth of the land; and here he is to deal with your latest problems. Take it away, Doc!

Design: The wash of the Titans

Can Martin Myerscough's monster monotub revamp the humble washing machine?

Books: Simple love story of unsuitable length

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
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

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions