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.
Great white shark 'Lydia' on course for Ireland
The Troubles gallery - John Hume detained in 1971
Favourite Ulster beauty spots - send us your pics
Pet cat traps US couple in house new
Police in Portland, Oregon, had to be called in to subdue a 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby.
Space station crew return to Earth
A capsule carrying a US-Russian crew back to Earth after nearly six months on the International Space Station has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Airliner hunt moves to west coast
The search area for a missing airliner has expanded, with Malaysia Airlines saying the western coast of the country is now the focus of the hunt.
Tuilagi could make Rome return new
Gallagher and Evans revel in win new
Great Britain's history makers Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans were relishing the chance to keep their sport in the spotlight after winning the country's first ever Winter Paralympic crown.
Kelly Gallagher: Interview with Co Down skier who won gold at Winter Paralympics
As a young girl growing up in a generally snow-free Northern Ireland, Kelly Gallagher's favourite toy was a skiing Barbie.
Van Morrison's song lyrics go from stage to page
Van Morrison's classic song lyrics are to be immortalised in a new book spanning his half-century in the music business.
Ulster Orchestra chief Dr Rosa Solinas quits post
The chief executive of the Ulster Orchestra has departed after just over a year in the job.
Beckham's nerves over Only Fools
David Beckham has described how he struggled to sleep the night before making his Only Fools And Horses debut because he was so nervous.