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A ball pit for adults: why has no one thought of this before?

telegraph.co.uk — Aside from the obvious benefit of no screaming, the pool can be slightly deeper as there's no risk of small people getting overwhelmed in it. There's also less of a chance that the balls have been licked, or worse (though on my visit I did spot a few dark hairs amongst the white, as well as some flecks of red that I tried not to think about too much.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @jonlaurence: Last day, last contribution to @telegraph - some vines from a ball pit for adults which I visited with @theo_merz. telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter…

Jan 30, 2015

Last day, last contribution to @telegraph - some vines from a ball pit for adults which I visited with @theo_merz. telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @theo_merz: Spent the morning with balls all over my face. But enough about my private life, this is work: telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter… pic.twitter.com/EvrcCmRb4E

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Why hasn't Isil produced proof Jordanian pilot is alive?

telegraph.co.uk — But since then, the extremist group has maintained an eerie silence. The deadline that had been set by Isil for the swap of sunset yesterday has passed, apparently without incident. Isil has neither answered Jordan's demands, nor has it published any evidence that it has made good on its threat to kill Mr Kasasbeh upon the expiration of timeframe set.

Ed Miliband: My secret life as an 'international sex symbol'

telegraph.co.uk — Ed Miliband his revealed his secret life as an "international sex symbol" and opened up about his "special relationship" with bacon butties during a speech to Westminster's political journalists. The leader of the Labour Party compared himself to George Clooney and mocked his reliance on chance encounters with voters for speech material in a joke-ladened address to hacks.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @BethRigby: Everyone in lobby still talking about @Ed_Miliband's classy performance at Westminster correspondents' dinner bit.ly/1zmmMDw

Jan 30, 2015

RT @christopherhope: Excellent write-up of @ed_miliband's speech at the annual Westminster Correspondents' dinner. By @benrileysmith: telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

Excellent write-up of @ed_miliband's speech at the annual Westminster Correspondents' dinner. By @benrileysmith: telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

EdM said he models himself on the "calmness, equanimity and refusal to bear grudges" exhibited by Gordon Brown telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @BethRigby: Everyone in lobby still talking about @Ed_Miliband's classy performance at Westminster correspondents' dinner bit.ly/1zmmMDw

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#myozobituary: fans mock 'sexist' obituary for novelist Colleen McCullough

telegraph.co.uk — English writer Neil Gaiman, who is married to American singer Amanda Palmer, wrote: "Although his beard looked like someone had glued it on & his hair would have been unconvincing as a wig, he married a rockstar." An Australian cartoonist wrote: "Not pretty or industrious enough to be effortlessly slutty, Cooke found with relief she was often drunk enough for journalism."
Jan 30, 2015

Good morning-coffee reading (mocking ridic obit of Colleen McCullough) over at #myozobituary: bit.ly/164RpUo

A 'cure' for baldness? No thanks, I'm happy being hairless

telegraph.co.uk — James Hall, the hairy years To understand why, hirsute people need to understand the process of going bald in the first place. It is a form of torture. It is a glacial process that occurs over many years in the full gaze of everyone you know.

English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain

telegraph.co.uk — However the findings from pollster ORB international reveal such terms would be unacceptable to English voters who appear to fear the pro-independence party would undermine the Union from the inside. It comes with some Scottish Labour MPs privately lobbying Mr Miliband to rule out a coalition with the SNP amid fears the lack of clarity on the issue is boosting their opponents in the polls.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @benrileysmith: Just live -- English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain. bit.ly/1zG9bKw pic.twitter.com/ky1NYh2dRT

Jan 30, 2015

Two thirds of English voters say UK would be less stable under SNP-Lab deal. Similar numbers back Trident. bit.ly/1zG9bKw

Jan 30, 2015

Just live -- English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain. bit.ly/1zG9bKw pic.twitter.com/ky1NYh2dRT

England v India: James Taylor shines to book final clash with Australia

telegraph.co.uk — Chris Woakes made the breakthrough in his fifth over, Shikhar Dhawan feathering a cut low through to Buttler. But Ajinkya Rahane carried on plugging away, reaching his half-century off 71 balls, scarcely a cross shot among them. Around 22 yards away from him, though, spectacular carnage was breaking out.
Jan 30, 2015

Nothing like tall pace bowlers at WACA when it's cracked - and India's tallest bowler was a spinner. Workmanlike win! telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/…

Jan 30, 2015

Now, can they actually beat Australia? Match report from Perth. telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/…

Boris Johnson: Porn-obsessed Isil jihadis are 'literally w***ers'

telegraph.co.uk — Young British jihadis are pornography-obsessed inadequates who turn to radical Islam when they fail to "make it with girls", Boris Johnson has claimed. The Mayor of London said an Mi5 probe had found that terrorists who joined Islamic State were sexually frustrated, describing them as "literally w***ers".
Jan 30, 2015

RT @FelicityMorse: Boris Johnson says British Isis fighters are porn obsessed 'w**kers who couldnt make it with girls' telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/te…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @FelicityMorse: Boris Johnson says British Isis fighters are porn obsessed 'w**kers who couldnt make it with girls' telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/te…

Jan 30, 2015

Boris Johnson says British Isis fighters are porn obsessed 'w**kers who couldnt make it with girls' telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/te…

As it happened: The state funeral of Winston Churchill, January 30, 1965

telegraph.co.uk — 08:15 As the day begins, Winston Churchill is lying in state in Westminster Hall, at the Houses of Parliament. In the past few days over 320,000 people have passed by his coffin, queuing over a mile in the bitter cold for a chance to pay their respects.

Quiz: can you guess the original titles of these classic novels?

telegraph.co.uk — Books, too, often change their titles before hitting the printing presses. Sometimes it's because the publisher doesn't think it will sell; other times it's the author who has second thoughts.
Jan 30, 2015

Do you know what Pride and Prejudice was originally going to be called? Try @annabaddeley's ace quiz: telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/…

Jan 30, 2015

Surely #50ShadesOfGrey wasn't originally called Sex, Lies and Duct Tape? Try our books quiz on first titles of novels telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/…

John Lasseter interview

telegraph.co.uk — Somewhere on a computer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, there's a video of John Lasseter dancing to Let It Go. It was shot by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the directors of Frozen, during a meeting with Lasseter and the other members of Disney Animation's Story Trust: a group of writers and film-makers who get together to chew over problems that crop up on any of the studio's projects.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @robbiereviews: On Big Hero 6 Day, here's my big interview with John Lasseter, the man who saved Disney from itself. telegraph.co.uk/film/big-hero-…

Jan 30, 2015

On Big Hero 6 Day, here's my big interview with John Lasseter, the man who saved Disney from itself. telegraph.co.uk/film/big-hero-…

Dozens dead in Egypt's Sinai as Islamists launch simultaneous attacks

telegraph.co.uk — In October, militants who have pleaded allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isil, killed 33 soldiers in a double-pronged assault near the Gaza border, prompting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare a curfew across the governorate. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks on Thursday night.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @leloveluck: Dozens dead and over 100 injured after ISIS loyalists mount one of the deadliest attacks on Egypt's army for decades: telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @leloveluck: Dozens dead and over 100 injured after ISIS loyalists mount one of the deadliest attacks on Egypt's army for decades: telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Jan 30, 2015

Dozens dead and over 100 injured after ISIS loyalists mount one of the deadliest attacks on Egypt's army for decades: telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Jan 29, 2015

Egyptian jihadi group killed "dozens" of soldiers in a series of attacks today: telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

When we buried Winston Churchill, we buried the British nation

telegraph.co.uk — What a faded, declining establishment surrounded me. Aged marshals, grey, dreary ladies, decadent Marlboroughs and Churchills. It was a dying congregation gathered there and I am afraid the Labour cabinet didn't look too distinguished either. It felt like the end of an epoch, possibly even the end of a nation.

Britain's war in Afghanistan: was it worth it?

telegraph.co.uk — When reminded of the cost of Britain's war in Afghanistan in blood and money - the loss of 453 service personnel and around 27 billion pounds spent - the public take an even jaundiced view.

Japan's mobile phone revolution gets into i-mode

telegraph.co.uk — It's a bold move. Erskine was at 02 when it was still part of BT, which pioneered WAP with the famously misleading ''Surf the BT Cellnet'' campaign - it took aeons to download web pages and the service flopped spectacularly.
Jan 30, 2015

Dear tech journalists: Apple did not invent mobile Internet. 44m Japanese were using DoCoMo's i-mode phones in 2005 telegraph.co.uk/finance/291756…

At last married couples get a tax break - will the PM be boasting?

telegraph.co.uk — So Cameron's concern about marriage is not nostalgia for a bygone era but fears about basic social cohesion. No one talks about unequal access to fathers, but it has also become a strange scourge in our society. Studies show a direct link between the wealth of a child's neighbourhood and his or her chances of coming back home to two parents.
Jan 30, 2015

Today, a British 15-year-old is more likely to have a smartphone in their pocket than a dad in the house. My column: goo.gl/OAq66s

Jan 30, 2015

A tax break for married couples, however small, is the right thing to do fb.me/2YguEBhdf

Crystal Palace vs Everton: team news and match preview

telegraph.co.uk — Everton are hoping to have midfielders James McCarthy (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee), and defender Sylvain Distin (groin) back in contention for their trip to Selhurst Park. Winger Kevin Mirallas is expected to be fit after being substituted with a hamstring injury soon after controversially missing a penalty in the goalless draw against West Brom last time out.
Jan 30, 2015

RT “@InstantBPLNews: Crystal Palace vs Everton: Match preview and team news ahead of the Premier ... bit.ly/162sC2j #bpl

Why I’m standing down from Parliament: David Heath, MP for Somerset and Frome

telegraph.co.uk — "You arrive here, you have no office, you have no staff, you have nowhere to live. In the first weeks you think: 'How the hell am I going to manage?' but then you get your systems in place.
Jan 30, 2015

Great series of farewell interviews with MPs from @RosaPrinceUK on Telegraph website. Top antidote to voter apathy. telegraph.co.uk/news/general-e…

Jan 30, 2015

The LibDems' David Heath on why he is leaving politics. Another excellent interview by @RosaPrinceUK: telegraph.co.uk/news/general-e…

How to drink like Winston Churchill

telegraph.co.uk — Perhaps a more interesting question about Churchill's drinking habits is what kinds of things he actually enjoyed drinking. His tastes might be thought of as unsurprisingly old-fashioned. He did not care for sugary American cocktails but was known to drink a white German breakfast wine which he called 'Hock'.