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The British boy band beat Eminem, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake

Who's got the TV control?

People keep asking me if there is any point having censors in the age of the Internet and satellite TV

Why this millennium logo is just plain wrong

IF YOU were choosing a symbol of the millennium, what would you look for?

Rapists will lose right to quiz victims

RAPE victims, children and disabled witnesses are to be given extra protection in court, under laws to be introduced in the autumn.

Comedy: The show that taste forgot

The word "dangerous" clings to Jerry Sadowitz (right) like a limpet to a rock. It stems from a period when TV commissioning editors found his incendiary material too hot to handle and a member of the audience came on stage at the Montreal Comedy Festival to whack him after an offensive remark.

Racing: McCoy the whipping boy as ban increases

Tony McCoy last night failed in his appeal against a four-day suspension imposed by the Aintree stewards after his winning ride on Pridwell in the Martell Aintree Hurdle on Saturday.

Jonesboro massacre: 'Not here' - the mantra that everyone in rural America is chanting in disbelief

NOT HERE. This is the mantra being spoken in Jonesboro in the aftermath of Tuesday's Westside carnage. This kind of horror belongs in the urban wastelands of Chicago, Los Angeles or New York City. But not in our town, not in rural and suburban America. How, then, to explain the fact that the three fatal school rampages that have shaken this country in five months have all been in not-here places?

Ticket touts lose appeal

THREE PEOPLE caught reselling London Underground tickets and travel cards yesterday lost appeals in a case that may affect all touts, and even motorists.

Winter Olympics: Britain's `two-bob' medallists

SEAN OLSSON's face, flushed in the aftermath of steering his four- man bobsleigh team to Britain's only medal of the Nagano Games, brightened up. Someone had asked him whether it was too much to hope that the success would lead to Britain building an actual bob run.

Dazed and confused, we hurtle towards 2000

As we hurtle towards the Millennium, armed with state-of-the-art technology and all manner of time-saving devices, it is all getting too much. Nearly three-quarters of Britons say they are finding life far too complicated and that unnecessary complexities are making them miserable.

You can't legislate for happiness, but you can try

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Technology: When it all gets just too much

Three out of four people think modern life is too complicated and that unnecessary complexities make it a misery, according to a survey done for Abbey National bank. Tasks such as putting together furniture, programming a video recorder or reading a timetable were putting people's backs up. In addition, people had just as much trouble finding the time to get on with these tasks in the first place.

Murder inquiry seeks to get inside killers' minds

The classic British murder, said George Orwell, was one that you could pore over in the Sunday newspaper after eating your roast beef and suet pudding. The murder, like the traditional Sunday lunch, would have a well-defined list of ingredients. Typically, the killer was a professional married man who had an obsession with another woman. After much soul-searching he would decide that an elaborate plan to poison his wife was the only way to resolve the dilemma with his social standing apparently intact.

A game of two halves with football's first agony aunt

I am glad to welcome today the very first football agony aunt in any national newspaper, Aunt Ron Bagshaw. Ron played football for most of the teams in today's Football League, and was variously know as the Hard Man of Hull, the Pele of Peterborough and the Nancy Boy of Notts County.

Politics: Tories play safe with mumsy Euro-sceptic in Beckenham

Jacqui Lait has a disarming answer to the Piers Merchant `problem'. She tells Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, she's too `motherly' to be involved in a sex scandal.

Interview: Ray Winstone: `Everyone thinks they're a goodie - even Hitler did'

From vicious thug in `Scum' to vicious wife-beater in `Ladybird, Ladybird' to vicious crook in `Face' - Ray Winstone is the hard man of British cinema. His latest film, `Nil by Mouth', casts him true to form but, he tells Ryan Gilbey, he's dying to play a nice guy
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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