Arts and Entertainment Boy band One Direction have their Twittersphere in the palm of their hands

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

Can telly still draw a crowd?

Despite the growing trend for 'event dramas', the nation rarely watches TV en masse, argues Fiona Sturges

Review: Flip Mino HD

It might not let you make phone calls, listen to some tunes or play games, but the Flip Mino HD camcorder does what it does exceptionally well.

TiVo switches back on to British television in Virgin Media tie-up

The set-top box maker TiVo is a household name in the US but failed to crack the UK market. It is now back for a second go with a new partner. Nick Clark reports

Consumer rights: Bling cover dilemma for broke graduate

What to look for when insuring jewellery on a home-contents policy / Another reader stung by unfair bank charges / Advantages of buying over the internet

Subscription costs could cloud your viewing heaven

Personal video recorders seem to promise much, but package prices vary widely. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Showgirl 'taped herself in bedroom with Italian PM'

A showgirl who claims that she and other women were paid to attend Silvio Berlusconi's private parties said yesterday that she had pictures showing her with the Italian prime minister in his bedroom.

Farrah Fawcett to air cancer video diary

Actress Farrah Fawcett is going public with her two-and-a-half year battle with anal cancer, telling the story her way through a video diary to be broadcast on US television next week.

Tiny and scared: the Old Bailey's youngest witness

As the young girl's face beamed into the courtroom via a television screen, formalities at the Old Bailey were dispensed with. Off came the judge's horse-hair wig and the barristers, normally used to being referred to as "my learned friend", became simply Bernard, Sally and Paul.

Home media packages leave consumers confused

Take TV, phone and broadband from one firm, and you can save money. But confusion reigns, say Julian Knight and Chiara Cavaglieri

The Last Word: Football needs eyes in sky to expose cheats

It is absurd that technology isn't used to clamp down on fakes and frauds – and prevent refs taking the fall

Bomb plot: Suicide videos modelled on 7 July ringleader

The defendants modelled their suicide videos on a recording made by 7 July ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan.

I Am A Strange Loop, By Douglas Hofstadter

A more accurate, if admittedly less wieldy title for Douglas Hofstadter's book about the phenomenon of consciousness would be "One's 'I' Is a Strange Loop". His theory is that that thing which you call your "self", and which feels more real to you than anything else, is in fact a mirage. It's an epiphenomenon which emerges as an unexpected consequence of the fact that your mind perceives and constructs a model of your place in the world.

Kristin Hersh, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh Festival

Paradoxical undressing, apparently, is the tendency hypothermia victims have to want to undress, threatening their lives while the balance of their mind is impaired, while they're "cold stupid". Paradoxical Undressing is also the title of this solo spoken word and music show by sometime Throwing Muses member Kristin Hersh, from Atlanta, in which she shares some of her most personal thoughts about her youth, including a time when the balance of her own mind was impaired. Part of the Edge Festival, it's a whole lot more fun than its namesake.

The digital TV revolution is nearly here. But are you switched on yet?

With the plug soon to be pulled on the analogue signal in parts of the UK, Simon Read shows how to put yourself in the picture, what extra services are available and how much it all costs
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee