Will Self lined up for writer in residence role at Radio 4 after new chief says she wants to "throw fireworks" into the schedule

Will Self is lined up for BBC job as Radio 4's first writer in residence Journalist and author to take on a creative figurehead roleLikely to write blog and act as champion for stationController Gwyneth Williams has said she wants increase arts coverage By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 15:54 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:27 GMT, 19 January 2013 . Journalist and author Will Self is in talks to be the first writer in residence at Radio 4 Journalist and author Will Self is poised take on a role as Radio 4's writer in residence, it has emerged

Here comes 2013! Sydney is first major world city to celebrate as New Year spreads across the globe

Goodbye 2012! Enjoy the New Year in these spectacular pictures as countries across the globe celebrate the arrival of 2013Central Pacific Ocean island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) first to usher in the New YearSydney saw 2013 at 1pm GMT, with some 1.5 million people attending the city's eventsThe increasingly democratic Myanmar – also known as Burma – celebrated with its first ever public countdownMoscow's Red Square was filled with spectators as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin to welcome the new yearMulticolored fireworks danced up and down the world's tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – in Dubai The festive mood in New Delhi has been marred by the death of a young rape victim on Saturday More than 1 million people will pack into New York's streets for the traditional crystal ball drop in Times SquareAmerican Samoa will be the last place on Earth to herald in the New Year on Tuesday at 11am GMT | UPDATED: 04:36 GMT, 1 January 2013 Major celebrations to welcome the new year have taken place in some of the world's most iconic locations throughout today. Lavish and expensive fireworks lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai and even the once-isolated country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – joined the countdown party for the first time in decades.

Anti-cuts demonstrator Matthew Bates spared jail after being caught with smoke bombs and bangers

Anti-cuts demonstrator spared jail after being caught with smoke bombs and bangersMatthew Bates, 25, from Bristol, caught with fireworks during disturbances Admitted possessing explosive substance but 'did not intend to cause alarm'Hundreds were arrested after extremists clashed with police following rally | UPDATED: 21:02 GMT, 21 December 2012 Matthew Bates, 25, was spared jail today after admitting being caught with bags full of smoke bombs and fireworks during an anti-cuts demonstration last year An anti-cuts demonstrator caught with two bags full of 'smoke bombs and bangers' at a rally that ended with running battles between police and protestors was spared jail today.