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

The Queen's Speech: Crime - Ban on rape defendants questioning the victims

DEFENDANTS will be banned from cross-examining child witnesses or rape victims, as part of a series of proposed changes in court procedures.

Dixons slams rent demands

THE chief executive of Dixons, the electrical retail chain, has slammed "greedy" landlords for attempting to secure ever higher rents and service charges at a time when the retail sector is struggling against a sharp slowdown in consumer spending.

Film: Double Bill - Jake West, Director of 'Razor Blade Smile', on his Ideal Cinematic Pairing

THE EVIL DEAD DIR. SAM RAIMI (1980) A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH DIR. POWELL AND PRESSBURGER (1946)

Network: My Technology: This puts TV in the shade

Johnny Vaughn, presenter of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, on the delights of a DVD video-player

Hedonism rules; for this funk soul brother

A nervous breakdown and bankruptcy haven't stopped ex-Housemartin Norman Cook becoming the hottest DJ in the UK. Karen O'Brien meets the infamous 'Fatboy Slim'

Leading Article: Digital television needn't be dim

AS WITH all revolutions, the one thing of which we can be certain is that the digital television revolution will not have the consequences we expect. Which is just as well, because what might be expected is that if viewers are given more choice, they will watch more television, and British viewers already spend more of their time in front of the box than those of most other nations.

Open Eye: On course for the future

Feedback from a ground-breaking OU course is shaping the next generation of on-line education, Yvonne Cook reports

New computer game makes money by glorifying murder

THE COMPUTER games industry is likely to face a barrage of criticism this week over games with graphic violence and sex being launched in the run-up to Christmas.

Clinton's affairs have done us all a favour

I AM delighted to report that I have found a totally legitimate excuse to drag the travel section through Bill Clinton's dirt. This is because of what the scandal has been doing to the most interesting city bus-tour on the face of the earth: the Gross National Product's Scandal Tour of Washington.

An abject lesson in dumbing-down

Britain is getting the American habit of blaming a little square box for all society's ills

Leading Article: When it comes to pornography, err on the liberal side

BRITAIN'S CHIEF censor, James Ferman, is to retire shortly, with a successor expected by September. His final report for the British Board of Film Classification highlights the explosion in the market for violent pornography over recent years. Mr Ferman has come in for a great deal of criticism in his time, but he has walked the line between philosophical libertarianism and the tabloid-style bulwark of prurient disapproval for 23 years with what is, in the final analysis, a large degree of success.

Shoppers rein in spending

BRITAIN is not heading for a consumer recession, although shoppers are reining in spending as interest rates start to bite, according to a new survey published today.

Porn pulls in the viewers for Channel 5

AS DAWN AIREY and her fellow programmers at Channel 5 clink glasses over improved ratings this month, they are joined, in spirit if not in person, by a much grubbier crew - the "dirty mac" brigade.

Carlton takes step into video discs

CARLTON Communications yesterday took a further step into the world of cutting-edge entertainment technology by paying pounds 160m for Nimbus Technologies, a leading manufacturer of video discs.

Film: The Exorcist: it's back and it's a scream

The horror that turned heads in '74 has been exhumed from movie hell. Chris Darke exorcises its troubled past, while Catherine Von Ruhland gives it her blessing
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...