Miranda Richardson blasts vitriolic attacks on Hilary Mantel weeks after the author declared Kate Middleton plastic princess

Miranda Richardson blasts 'vitriolic' attacks on Hilary Mantel… weeks after the author declared Kate Middleton 'a plastic princess' Miranda Richardson is chairman of judges for Women’s Prize for FictionSaid Mantel deserved to be on shortlist regardless of previous successMantel has won Booker and Costa Book award for Bring Up The Bodies Man Booker Prize for her novel 'Bring Up the Bodies' at the Guildhall, London American author A M Homes, who said she was ‘thrilled’ to be nominated, said American literary awards did not suffer from the same anti-success sentiment

Sophie Dalzell: Soft porn model, 19, let off wearing ankle tag for criminal damage conviction "because it would interfere with her TV work"

Soft porn model, 19, let off wearing ankle tag for criminal damage conviction 'because it would interfere with her TV work'Sophie Dalzell claimed bracelet would interfere with work as TV chat girlShe changed plea after hearing court date would clash with photo shootMs Dalzell dodged community service following criminal damage conviction and has also been let off from wearing the tag By Jaya Narain PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 04:07 GMT, 13 April 2013 Sophie Dalzell, 19, refused to wear an ankle tag as she claimed it would interfere with her work as a soft porn model An adult TV star convicted of vandalism was let off from wearing an electronic tag on her ankle – because it would ruin her on-screen work. Sophie Dalzell, 19, was placed on a curfew and ordered to wear a tag for eight weeks after failing to carry out community service

Kate Middleton: BBC Radio 4"s Sandi Toksvig hits out at Duchess for being "very Jane Austen"

Kate has no opinions on anything: BBC presenter Sandi Toksvig hits out at Duchess of Cambridge for being 'very Jane Austen' Sandi Toksvig, 54, compared Kate to female characters of Jane Austen But Toksvig praises singer Cheryl Cole for 'still saying what she thinks' By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 16:45 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 10 March 2013 The Duchess of Cambridge does not hold a ‘single opinion’, according to Radio 4 presenter Sandi Toksvig. The 54-year-old comedienne compared Kate to the female characters of Jane Austen, who were unable to express themselves publicly because of 19th century attitudes towards women. The presenter, who hosts The News Quiz, said: ‘Kate Middleton is not enough for me.

Duchess of Cambridge row: Hilary Mantel criticised for calling Kate "plastic princess" says it was taken out of context

'I have no regrets': Prize-winning author criticised for branding the Duchess of Cambridge a 'plastic princess' insists her words were taken out of context Hilary Mantel likened Duchess to a 'shop-window mannequin' in speechDavid Cameron among those to rush to Kate Middleton's defenceAcclaimed author has insisted she has 'nothing to apologise for'Mantel said context of speech was twisted to set her up as a hate figure By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 The award-winning novelist who likened the Duchess of Cambridge to a 'shop-window mannequin' whose sole purpose is to breed has defended her comments, insisting she has 'absolutely nothing to apologise for'. Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel made headlines last month when she appeared to criticise Kate as having no personality, describing her as 'gloss-varnished' with a perfect plastic smile during a lecture at the British Museum. But in an interview on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves programme last night, she said that her words had been taken out of context, and that she had 'absolutely no regrets' about her controversial speech

Family of schoolboy, 9, who was found hanged at home claim he was hounded to his death by Asian bullies for being white

Family of schoolboy, 9, who was found hanged at home claim he was hounded to his death by Asian bullies for being whiteAaron Dugmore, nine, found hanged at Birmingham home by his motherBelieved to be Britain’s second youngest 'suicide' caused by bullyingThe schoolboy was rushed to hospital but died of suspected cardiac arrestFamily claim Aaron was being tormented by bullies at his new schoolPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding Aaron's death By Suzannah Hills and Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 16:54 GMT, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:46 GMT, 24 February 2013 Tragic: The devastated mother of nine-year-old Aaron Dugmore uploaded the last photo she ever took of her son to Facebook after she sound him hanged at their Birmingham home The parents of a nine-year-old boy who was found hanged in his bedroom have claimed that their son killed himself because of racist taunts from Asian bullies. Aaron Dugmore died in hospital 24 hours after his mother Kelly-Marie found him hanged at their Birmingham home earlier this month. And Miss Dugmore, 30, and husband Paul Jones, 43, spoke out today about the bullies who allegedly taunted him for 'being white'.

The polymer pound: UK could get plastic banknotes, claims incoming Governor of the Bank of England

UK could introduce new banknotes made of plastic says incoming Bank of England governorMark Carney said bank is 'exploring a variety of options' when asked about introducing plastic notesHe said they are 'cleaner and greener' and 'good value'Also described the notes as 'better for the environment' By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 05:38 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 18 February 2013 Possibility: Mark Carney, the incoming governor of the Bank of England, said the bank was 'exploring a variety of options' when asked about introducing plastic notes The incoming Bank of England governor has said he is ‘exploring’ the introduction of plastic banknotes in Britain.

"Extreme recycler" fills just ONE rubbish bag in a year after making resolution to re-use as much waste as he can

'I filled just one bag of rubbish in a whole year!' Extreme recycler keeps resolution to re-use nearly all his waste John Newson composted or recycled most of his wasteSingle bag full of film packaging he has crammed into plastic bottlesRecycler says he wanted to 'push himself' | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 1 January 2013 If you gave the dustmen a hefty tip this Christmas because you feel guilty about the amount of rubbish you put out, you might want to take a leaf out of John Newson’s book. Yesterday he celebrated achieving his goal of producing only one bag of refuse in an entire year. Mr Newson has picked through his leftovers every day since last New Year’s Day, putting all his uneaten food on a compost heap in his garden

Lego Maniacs! Thought Lego was for kids? Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with millions of little bricks

LEGOmaniacs! Thought Lego was for kids Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with their little bricks | UPDATED: 23:46 GMT, 27 December 2012 Every year for the past 20 years, secondary school teacher Michael Addis and his wife, Catherine, have built a giant Lego model in their living room.

Footballs must be marked with a warning stating that they are a choking hazard, according to EU regulations

Now the EU is warning that toddlers can choke on a football… despite balls being bigger than an adult's head Balls with circumference of 25in must be marked 'Choking hazard!'Manufacturer Bellco Sports confirmed it had to comply with the rules | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 26 December 2012 A kickabout in the park might leave many dads suffering after their exertions, but it could have deadly consequences for toddlers – according to EU officials

Pippa Middleton"s new job is hardly a happy accident

Pippa's new job is hardly a happy accident | UPDATED: 09:38 GMT, 18 December 2012 Close to the throne: Pippa's reported 370,000 contract with NBC is their way of ensuring authentic coverage of the Royals Pippa Middleton’s reported offer of a 370,000 contract with US TV network NBC is in line with its creepy habit of hiring individuals close to the throne, hoping they’ll lend an aura of authenticity to royal coverage.