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

Letter: Who wants digital?

Who wants digital?

Racing: Jockeys confused by false-start fiasco

JOCKEYS AND punters were bewildered by the start of the final race of the day at Chepstow yesterday. The five runners appeared to get away cleanly, but racegoers clearly heard first the racecourse judge, and then commentator Derek Thompson, say that a false start had taken place.

BRYSON'S AMERICA: Grand designs to drive me crazy

I HAVE a teenaged son who is a runner. He has, at a conservative estimate, 6,100 pairs of running shoes, and everyone of them represents a greater investment of cumulative design effort than, say, Milton Keynes.

Politics: Millennium bug - Campaign aims to calm fears over Year 2000

FOREIGN AIRLINES that are not protected against the millennium bug will be barred from flying in to or out of the UK, the Government said yesterday.

Arts: Pause. Stop. Rewind. Play.

Video hasn't just changed our lives, it's changed the way we watch films. All this and only 25 years old. How did we live without it? By Gilbert Adair

Focus: War In Europe: `Parliament' talks of peace

In a town in central Serbia, 100 people meet secretly in a bomb shelter, calling upon the government to `save the lives of all citizens of Yugoslavia'

`Hello darling, I'm on the train'

I HAVE just bought something I said I never would. I said the same about a computer. Still haven't got one, managing with my cheapo Amstrad PCW 9512, now an antique, on which I have shifted a million words. The machine is an antique, not the words. They are always new. Or newish, or newishly arranged.

The Weasel: In a week of high-seas adventure, I encounter a Force Nine Gale in the Millennium Dome and then swallow a shark at the cinema

It's a trifle disconcerting when the crash of waves on shingle emerges from a patch of lawn in London SE10. I guess you could describe it as a melancholy, long, withdrawing roar (an expression of my own invention, owing scarcely anything to the poet Arnold). It turned out to be a "sound sculpture" by Bill Fontana, which thunders from subterranean loudspeakers along the path leading to the National Maritime Museum's new extension. Greenwich's other dome cost pounds 20m - pounds 11.8m of which was kindly contributed by those generous souls who do the Lottery - and was opened by the Queen last Tuesday.

Russia In Crisis: Tsar removes rival to his uneasy crown

BORIS YELTSIN yesterday tried hard to persuade the world that the reason he fired his prime minister and the cabinet was because they failed to do enough for Russia's emaciated economy.

Snooker: Hendry's relief at finding room with a cue

STEPHEN HENDRY has made more centuries than any other snooker player in history - more than 400 - but his biggest break has occurred away from the table. Thieves broke into his hotel room on Tuesday night and left his most precious possession behind.

Mitsubishi closure costs 240 jobs

THE JAPANESE electronics giant Mitsubishi dealt a fresh blow to Scotland yesterday by announcing the closure of its video recorder manufacturing plant in Livingston with the loss of 240 jobs.

Football: Scientists prove that referees are human

FOOTBALL REFEREES are expected to apply keen observation and cool judgement, uninfluenced by the baying of a partisan crowd. But now researchers have demonstrated that they are human like the rest of us.

Letter: Right old junk

Right old junk

Yeltsin defied on sex scandal

A LARGE spoke was thrust into the wheels of Boris Yeltsin's political bandwagon yesterday when Russia's parliamentarians defied his demand that they sack the country's top prosecutor.

The rise of `bedroom culture' spells trouble for our children

Children are not willing prisoners in their homes; they say watching TV is what they do when bored
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?