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Jonathan "Bigmouth" Franken strikes again: "Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose…it’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters…it’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’…It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium."
The British Olympic Association has warned athletes not to shake hands for fear of illness. Haven't they heard of hand sanitiser?
Unlikely political sacking of the day: the MP ousted by Egypt's Islamist al-Nour party for having plastic surgery on his nose, which is forbidden on religious grounds. He initially claimed he had been injured in a car-jacking
Bloomberg's new billionaires index tracks the fortunes of the world's richest men on a daily basis. At time of writing, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu had just lost $478.2m. Ha!
Coming to the back rows of US theatres so bloggers can live-tweet plays on their smartphones without bothering neighbours
The PM hasn't taken up Johnny Marr's offer to reform the Smiths if the coalition steps down. Let's up the ante: a new series of Buffy and free horse-riding for life?
iPad 3 is expected to launch on 7 March. Cue rumours: will it have a retina screen? Four times as many pixels as iPad 2 etc
Zadie Smith update. Check out NW's beautiful cover and this snippet from the blurb: "From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, in this delicate, devastating novel of encounters, the main streets hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead to a dead end. Zadie Smith's NW brilliantly depicts the modern urban zone - familiar to city-dwellers"
Poking their spindly shoots up under trees in a park near you. First sign of spring?
Good to see Charlotte Church so strong on Leveson issues. Makes a nice change from Hugh Grant, Steve Coogan, Max Mosley, etc
Say goodbye to inflight bores: Dutch airline KLM is trialling a scheme that allows you to vet your seat neighbours by their Facebook profiles before you fly