Adam Jacques

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

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Kim Wilde: The pop-singer-turned-gardener-turned-pop-singer talks Elvis, trees and drunken singalongs

I was profoundly affected by music from a very young age As a toddler I used to sit and weep every time Coronation Street came on TV; it had such a sad theme tune that it broke my heart every time.

Chris Ramsey: The stand-up and 'Hebburn' actor talks failed one-liners, being thrown off TV and his tidying fetish

I can't do one-liners to save my life FHM asked me to do some for an issue. But some were libellous and some too rude to use, so the rubbish ones made it through. One guy tweeted me. "I've just read your jokes in FHM; I've read better on the back of a Penguin wrapper." And that's why my stand-up is all about personal stories and anecdotes.

How We Met: Eirene Houston & Carlos Acosta

'We started dancing together and everyone formed a circle around us, like in the movies'

How we met: Andrew WK & Marky Ramone

'I know he likes the mindset I've been trying to pursue: be glad that you're not dead'

Gabrielle: The pop star on 20 years in the business, her Swarovski eye patch, and sneaking out to McDonald's

I had a difficult childhood I even felt I didn't deserve a place on Earth, and people were always taking the piss over my droopy eyelid. So no one was expecting me to do anything of note before "Dreams" [her chart-topping debut single, released in 1993]. Now I say to myself: "I am worthy, I am of good character with a little bit of talent sprinkled in there, too."

How we met: Bill Kenwright & GF Newman

'I think football is one of the greatest forms of theatre – but just you try to explain that to him…'

The Paperwhite solidifies Kindle's position as leader in the e-reading market

A week with: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - the best way to read Fifty Shades of Grey in a darkened room

The market's best e-reader just keeps on getting better, though it's Amazon's infrastructure that really deals the killer blow to would-be rivals

How we met: Jason Hughes & Michael Sheen

'When we asked him to help clean the house… well, you've never seen rage like it'

Terry Deary: The 'Horrible Histories' writer on the evils of empire and Whitehall 'muppets'

I know nothing about history I'm not a historian. I am a children's author, and I had 50 fiction books published long before the Horrible Histories series [which have sold more than 25 million copies] came along.

June Brown: The 'EastEnders' actress on dissecting rabbits, lost colleagues, and why children shouldn't be given choices

I was having the worst year of my life before the offer from 'EastEnders' came through I was 58, my kids were grown up, and I had no money and few offers. At the time [Brown took the role of Dot Cotton in 1985], it was felt that you shouldn't be in a soap for long because it would ruin your career, but I remember thinking, "What career?" So I took it.

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