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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!

Woodstock Literary Festival: Magic words

From a Fifties Hollywood siren to a royal biographer, the Woodstock Literary Festival had it all. John Walsh reports

The Queen only corrected my spelling, says Shawcross

Biographer insists he had complete freedom to write about the Queen Mother

Summer festivals - all over... until next summer

This year has been a bumper one for festivals – but could it be that our annual musical jamborees are getting just a little, well, boring?

If we all love Jamie and Nigella, why can't most of us even boil an egg?

Tom Parker Bowles tells literary festival that Britain is nation of 'food voyeurs'

Katy Guest: Crack the title, crack the code

Whosays you can't judge a book by its cover?

Literary festival to debate reality TV

The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival opens tomorrow, and we are giving readers the chance to attend, and take part in, one of the keynote events of the festival.

Movie star Caron dishes the dirt on her 'artificial' world

No reputation is spared as the former starlet tells all about her lovers, her boozing and her marriages

Woodstock Literary Festival: Literary luminaries descend on Blenheim Palace

The beautiful Oxfordshire town of Woodstock welcomes the first major literary event of the autumn from next Wednesday. From politics to pop, history to horses and reportage to reality TV, let John Walsh be your guide

Why washing may hamper your attractiveness

A natural chemical found in the sweat of men has been shown to act as a primitive love potion that increases their attractiveness in the eyes of women, a study has found.

Confessions of a bad parent

<b>Simon Carr</b> had to raise his sons alone. His no-rules approach resulted in chaos - and inspired a major British film. But did it work?

Guca Festival, Guca, Serbia

Each year in August, a tiny hayrick-ringed town in southern Serbia hosts the wildest, noisiest, rawest and probably most popular music festival you have never heard of. Guca attracts nearly half a million people from the Balkans and beyond to the biggest celebration on the planet of trumpet music. But blow those preconceptions from your horn right away. This is a gypsy-derived style that has four settings: mournful, manic, very manic, and terrifyingly frenzied. It sounds like the music of the id, the expression of that dark space in the soul where sex and war and passion are born and bubble and fester.

Writers flock to Woodstock festival

For royalists, William Shawcross will divulge colourful details from his long-anticipated biography of the Queen Mother; for those of a political bent, the Conservative leader David Cameron will outline his ambition for the next general election. Those hungry for old-style Hollywood glamour will be satiated with tales about Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire from Leslie Caron's autobiography.

Danny McBride: Guitarist with rock'n' roll revivalists Sha Na Na

Their appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969 might have gone against the grain of the "peace and love" generation, but the US group Sha Na Na started a rock 'n' roll revival craze which lasted through the Seventies and took in American Graffiti by George Lucas, the long-running Happy Days sitcom, and inspired British acts such as Showaddywaddy, Rocky Sharpe and the Replays and Darts. The guitarist "Dirty Dan" McBride was a mainstay of Sha Na Na between 1975 and 1980, the high-watermark years of the group, as they hosted their own series on American television and also became part of the Grease phenomenon.

Thank you for the music: Woodstock v Big Chill

Four decades and an ocean separate Woodstock, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, and the Big Chill festival, held in Herefordshire this weekend. But how much do they have in common?
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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

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Ronald McDonald the muse

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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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