Adam Jacques

Adam Jacques is a features writer for The Independent on Sunday.

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Middle Class Problems: Dinner at 5:20pm? NHS hospitals have got meal times all wrong...

As an inpatient of two NHS hospitals recently, I came to the realisation that there is a systemic crisis affecting hospital meals.

Camilla Schneideman & Lara Pulver: 'I realised the flapjacks I gave her were hard as rock, but she graciously asked for the recipe'

Schneideman is a close university friend of Pulver's husband Raza Jaffrey and the pair struck up a friendship when Pulver organised a surprise birthday party

Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

The Canadian jazz pianist and singer has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and won five Grammys

Anton Corbijn: The photographer and film director on working with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the distortion of trailers

Corbijn photographed David Bowie, Joy Division and Clint Eastwood and worked with bands including U2 and Depeche Mode before turning to film

Michael Pennington & Dame Judi Dench: 'Once he ate a lot of garlic before a love scene; I think I punched him for that'

The actors met while they were performing in King Lear in the 1970s

Baroness Shreela Flather & Anita Anand: 'She'd act like a typical Indian auntie, haranguing me to find the right man and settle down'

The Baroness and the presenter first met more than 20 years ago at the Indian High Commission

Lesley Manville & Peter Duncan: 'Being with him and his family feels like a safe haven. I'm happy soaking it all up - though I'm secretly jealous'

The actors met in 1972 at the Italia Conti stage school. Both are patrons of Neighbourhood Midwives, a community-based midwifery service offering individualised continuity of care

Hugh Dennis: The comedian on drinking in daylight hours, finding humour in deadly situations, and why he could never be a spy

The comedian found fame with 'The Mary Whitehouse Experience' and has since appeared on series including 'Mock the Week' and 'Outnumbered' as well as Radio 4's 'The Now Show'

Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Roffey, 49, is a Trinidad-born British author whose novels include the Orange Prize-shortlisted 'The White Woman on the Green Bicycle', and 'Archipelago'

Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

The works of the bestselling Irish novelist include 'Watermelon', 'This Charming Man' and 'The Mystery of Mercy Close', and have collectively sold 25 million copies

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By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor