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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!

Feel like I'm fixin' for a comeback ...

Country Joe McDonald will for ever be associated with the protest songs of the Vietnam war, but he's still there, and ready for a return. He talked to Phil Johnson

Monday's offer

The Independent and the Brighton Festival are together offering a two-for-the-price-of-one ticket offer throughout the festival (2 May to 24 May). Today brings an opportunity to see John Inman in My Fat Friend, which was a runaway success for Kenneth Williams when it premiered at the Theatre Royal 25 years ago.

Remember Lewis Carroll

Don't be late, don't be late for a very important date: the Lewis Carroll Centenary Festival awaits you in Guildford. To mark the 100th anniversary of Carroll's death, the city where he died, plays host to a wonderland of activities from 7-17 May. Much of the festival, unsurprisingly, centres on Alice's Adventures - with "Opera through the Looking Glass" (8pm Fri 8 May); "A Wonderland Adventure", where children can follow Alice into the rabbit hole (2.30pm Sun 10 May); Alice through the Camera Lens - celebrating Carroll's life and work (8pm 11 May); a stage adaptation of the book (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 12-15 May); and a screening of Jan Svankmajer's critically-acclaimed take on the story, Alice (8pm Wed 13 May). A range of guided walks are also on offer throughout the festival, following in the author's footsteps from places of special interest to Carroll, to his final resting place in Mount Cemetery. Other highlights include a boat trip to take part in a "Grand Snark Hunt" (9 May); Scenes through the Looking Glass (the musical!) (Fri 15 May), a literary lunch (Sun 17 May) and three separate exhibitions mainly focusing on work inspired by Carroll's vivid imagination. Curiouser and curiouser.

Preview: Limber up Circus Space Festival

It's almost Easter, so it must be time for the annual circus bandwagon to roll into town and pitch its tent for the duration. The good news is that with the advent of BritCirc, a lot of the best young talent is homegrown. The first ever Circus Space Festival kicks off today at the home of this new phenomenon, in Hoxton, with a dizzy array of performances, workshops, circus footage and even a Circusiana Fair selling a range of memorabilia and equipment. So juggle your schedules and head for the smell of the sawdust.

Racing: Festival going will stay on the soft side, insists Arkwright

CHELTENHAM'S clerk of the course has countered suggestions that the going will dry out this week. Philip Arkwright said yesterday afternoon: "The going is good to soft, soft in a few places on both courses.

Racing: Gold Cup Day is a sell out

For the first time Cheltenham Gold Cup day has completely sold out in advance. A limit of 50,000 badges and tickets has been introduced for each day of this year's Festival to ensure greater comfort for racegoers.

Racing: Buddy Marvel enhances his Triumph Hurdle prospects with impressive Kempton victory

BUDDY MARVEL is 14-1 from 25-1 for the Triumph Hurdle with William Hill after his victory in the Dovecote Novices' hurdle at Kempton on Saturday. Oliver Sherwood's four-year-old, who ran out the five-lengths winner of the Grade Two contest, promises to pose more problems than most for Zafarabad, the 4-1 favourite with Coral, at the Cheltenham Festival.

Racing: Owner moves Hanakham from Hodges

Hanakham, one of the most promising steeplechasers in the country, has been removed by his owner from the small Somerset stable of Ron Hodges to the total surprise of his trainer.

Racing: Ask Tom two-mile favourite

Ask Tom is 3-1 favourite, from 7-1, with William Hill for the two-mile Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next March following his head victory over the veteran Viking Flagship, who was running in the race for the fourth time, in the Tingle Creek Trophy Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Did the ghost train have an interior which defied the laws of physics, like Dr Who's Tardis?

Every couple of months or so, Mrs W is irresistibly drawn to Ikea. Though she customarily buys nothing more exciting than a box of candles, my wife relishes a lengthy browse among the goods apparently named after characters in Beowulf - Skubb (shoe-tidy), Anfang (glass vase), Ranvik (chest of drawers), Skallid (CD tower). Meanwhile, I am obliged to wander this retail labyrinth like a suburban Theseus.

Folk: Protest and survival: the return of Joan

Joan Baez is back with a new album. She has undergone therapy, overcome her legendary status and finally found peace. But don't, she

Obituaries: Henry Vestine

Henry Vestine, guitarist: born Washington DC 25 December 1944; died Paris 20 October 1997.

Letter: Master plan for the Festival Hall

Sir: Though a passionate advocate of modern architecture, I too have misgivings about the proposed "improvements" to the South Bank complex. In fact, during my frequent visits I find myself thinking that a good sluice down, generous applications of white paint and a few nice plants would "bring it up a treat".

That was the daze, my friend

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