Leah Totton must remember politics requires thick skin
Politics is not for the faint-hearted. Still, having appeared on television torture show The Apprentice, Leah Totton, from Londonderry, doubtless has a heart that beats with gusto.
One small kiss for man, one giant leap for earthly differences
Britain and the equally cosmic realm of ooter space have a new Patrick Moore. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a Londoner with parents of Nigerian origin, takes over the helm vacated on BBC4's The Sky At Night programme by the late, great Sir Patrick.
Shop until you drop, then get up and do it again
Origami House turns over a new leaf for design
If you've ever been house-hunting, one property you quickly learned to avoid was anything described as "architect-designed". It should be in the thesaurus under "ugly". It's a conundrum of the modern age: how a dedicated profession came to systematically strip its own aesthetic work of any detail or interest.
If only Peter and Martin could let on they were bosom buddies
Was I the only one who felt it a bit odd that Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness had a meeting with each other in New York?
Rory has more style than Harry
Top tennis ball whacker Caroline Wozniacki has been ridiculed for comparing her man to that wee fella out of boyband One Direction.
A book with a sting in the tail
I don't want to sound obsessed with jellyfish, but increasingly they're making the headlines.
Now we are all waiting to see if star Bale is the Real deal
Oh, Gareth B, what have you gone and done? Mr Bale of that ilk has signed for Real Madrid.
Why I'm all at sea over Gaga
The Gagster is back. At the iTunes Festival in Londonshire, Lady G performed seven numbers from her forthcoming album – a kazoo-based homage to Marks & Spencer – and, by all accounts, wowed those present.
The racy model that has been the focus of my love for years
Not surprised to see the Ford Focus Mk1 (1998-2005) voted the public's number one car over the past 25 years.
Watching Jamie Oliver on TV is as close as many poor people get to proper food
The poor, eh? They're always with us. Increasingly, in fact, they are us. I've lived among the poor and am pretty ambivalent about them. Some good ones. Some bad ones. Appalling dress sense.
Simon Cowell's berry strange lifestyle
Disturbing news reaches us from HMS Peculiar Head, the £50m loveboat owned by manipulative media mogul Simon Cwell.
It's Batman we need to protect world from evil, not this Joker
Is it time to ignore anything Russia says about anything?
These crazy work hours will be the death of us
I'm quite lucky. I rarely work after 3pm and, if want to nip out for a walk or some yoga, I do. My own boss, d'you see? Alas, all coins have two sides. So, I start work at 8 and don't take lunch till after work.
How packaging is never an open and shut case
Four in 10 folk have suffered injury while trying to open everyday goods housed in fiendish packaging.
Do the royal shots show real picture?
How predictable that "experts" – defined in my Lidl Imprecise Dictionary as "people whose views you shouldn't trust" – have panned the pictures taken of the royal baby and family.
A world where chips are healthy ... now that really would be heaven
I've always thought "near-death experience" a pretty good definition of life at any given time. Nearer thy god to me, of course, depending on where fate places you on the globe.
Despite the critics, Kate Moss continues to wear it well
I've followed the career of supermodel Kate Moss with great interest, particularly these last few years.
I bristle at the thought of shaving
I've been under pressure from the fair sex again to shave off my beard. They become obsessed with seeing one's bare chin, which ain't going to happen, as I've a dimple like the Grand Canyon.
Plane aborts takeoff after crashing into fish
Crufts Live: Video and pics world's greatest dog show
Human Barbie wants to live on air and light alone
The top 50 things we hate most about modern life
Northern Ireland Nightlife - pubs, clubs and parties 2014
The Troubles gallery - John Hume detained in 1971
Hague offers help to Malaysia probe new
The UK has offered assistance with investigations into the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines plane with 239 people on board, Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Russia has miscalculated: Hague new
Russia's occupation of Crimea will prove a "big miscalculation" in the long-term, William Hague said as he sought to keep up pressure for a diplomatic solution.
Gardai probe back garden explosion new
Gardai in Dublin are working to establish the cause of an explosion that injured two men in the back garden of a house.
Poch: Rodriguez worth England place new
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Jay Rodriguez's match-winning display against Crystal Palace shows he is worthy of a World Cup spot.
Mourinho: City's title to lose new
Jose Mourinho is adamant Manchester City, and not Chelsea, are in pole position to win the Premier League title despite guiding his side seven points clear at the summit with a 4-0 defeat of Tottenham.
Mel sees red over Van Persie new
Manager Pepe Mel hit out at referee Jon Moss for failing to send Robin van Persie off in West Brom's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.
JLaw 'should reconsider break' new
Jennifer Lawrence shouldn't take a break from acting if "she wants a career like Meryl Streep's", say movie insiders.
Garner's cape woes new
Jennifer Garner is worried about the size of Ben Affleck's Batman cape.
Momsen: I only sing my songs new
Taylor Momsen "isn't interested" in music unless she can do things her way.