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Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!

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Crash course: Music festivals

This month, the Isle of Wight festival and Glastonbury launch that British summer season of traipsing around fields to hear live music.

US folk musician Richie Havens has died at the age of 72

US folk musician Richie Havens dies, aged 72

He was the firebrand folk singer who opened the 1969 Woodstock festival, championing freedom and brotherhood while armed with little more than an acoustic guitar.

Today set to be hottest day of the year with temperatures soaring to 32C

Today could be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures soaring to as high as 32C (89.6F), forecasters said.

A palace full of authors

This year's Independent Woodstock Literary Festival was once again a melting pot of great writers and bright ideas, says John Walsh

Notting Hill Carnival stab suspect in custody

A 16-year-old boy arrested after a man was stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival remained in custody today.

Peaceful start for Notting Hill Carnival

Hundreds of thousands of Londoners and tourists enjoyed a peaceful start to the Notting Hill Carnival yesterday amid a heavy police presence and an early finish to deter troublemakers.

Heads Up: Woodstock Literary Festival

Bring a book – and beware the Morris dancers

The man who aims to hide a monster under every bed

With 50 million global subscribers, including half of the UK's under-11s, the Moshi social network and games platform is poised to take over the world

Festival season: Why not try a smaller stage?

With music festivals now a major part of the summer calendar, the acts booked are on an increasingly international scale.

Man dies in shooting after Bristol carnival

One man was killed and two other people were injured by gunfire at a pub in Bristol shortly after the end of a carnival attended by tens of thousands of revellers.

The Blagger's Guide To... The London Literature Festival

Pimm's the word at capital show's fifth-year party

The 10 best tents

Whether you’re kitting up for festival season, or heading into the wilds for a family holiday under canvas, let i show you the ropes when it comes to picking the perfect tent...

Snowbombing Festival 2011: Taking Après-ski to a new level

Last year it was voted best overseas festival at the UK Festival Awards, meaning 2011 certainly had some big ski boots to fill.

The Diaghilev Festival, Coliseum, London

Critics often complain that Ballets Russes's revivals are inauthentic. A century on, many works by the world's most influential ballet company have been lost or smudged. Most complaints concern steps and designs. This season of Diaghilev tributes adds "giant glitterball snake that shoots green lasers" to the list.

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