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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas