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  • Leading article: Privacy? Yes. Secrecy? No
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The Speaker and the Prime Minister tried to use the privacy argument in their doomed attempt to prevent full disclosure of MPs' expenses. Twelve days ago, the House of Commons Commission decided, at the last minute and against its previous legal advi...

  • Alex Vines: In a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, just what is to be done?
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The twists and turns since election day meant a meeting yesterday between the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and South African President, Thabo Mbeki, was first cancelled then hastily rescheduled, after Mugabe finally emerged to make it clear that he ...

  • Norman Lebrecht: The clapped-out legacy of Karajan that impoverished classical music
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    There was a time, defined by dictatorship, to which Karajan provided the musical backdrop. He was ubiquitous in the 1970s and 1980s, a commanding cultural presence with admirers in high places. When he died in July 1989, I found myself on the Today p...

  • Stewart Lee: Noises Off
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    To be fair, it is true that there are fewer jokes on television concerning Islam than there are jokes concerning Christianity, but it is a leap of faith to assume this means such jokes have been removed to protect Muslim sensibilities and BBC staff. ...

  • Erick Morillo: The view from the decks
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The partying and the clubbing have put the island on the map as a world-class destination. People think that TV show 'Ibiza Uncovered' is what it's like, but that show was the really bad side of Ibiza, and it should have been left in the dark. Ibiza ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Divas in their prime swap talent for tantrums
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    Then there was Mariah Carey, the singer whose stay in London has required simple add-ons such as a £50,000 antique table being flown in from New York to sign autographs on (one hopes she didn't sign the actual table), a £10,000 gym installed in her h...

  • Stan Hey: A betting footballer is a dead cert
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    If you're a modern footballer, the chances are that, apart from playing golf, you will have a few bets on the races. And you know a bookie anyway. He's likely to be a working-class lad like yourself, who's earned himself a few bob. The nobs who rule ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    "In this digital age," she writes, "it would seem to be an easy task to update the wee pictures accompanying each article. It feels as if I have been looking at the picture of Simon Price, with those funny wing things on his head and heavy eyebrows, ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    To the Irish embassy for the launch of 'Great Hatred, Little Room', a well-timed account of the Good Friday Agreement by Tony Blair's chief of staff, Jonathan Powell. Chatter concentrated – not without relish – on the infighting among Gordon's sen...

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Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment