Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Torben Betts: Alan Ayckbourn's 'darker, younger brother'

As his new play opens, Torben Betts tells Alice Jones about his blackly comic portraits of middle-class culture and angst

The pool and whitewashed exterior

Almohalla 51, Spain: B&B and Beyond

Two derelict houses in the quiet town of Archidona have been transformed in cool, pale shades. Alice Jones checks in

Lenny Henry was (mostly) in serious mode when he appeared before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee
More than reflected glory: Hannah Arterton

Hannah Arterton steps out of sister Gemma's shadow with Walking on Sunshine starring role

The 1980s-pop-soaked musical is aiming to be this summer's Mamma Mia!

Glastonbury

There's only one way to stop Glastonbury being taken over by the middle class - lower ticket prices

A weekend at the festival will cost you £500. You can get a week in Spain for less

So let's hear it for the pop diva who loves dinosaurs

It’s a bold performer who takes on Katy Perry at her own game but that is what Bryony Kimmings does in her latest show. And, even bolder, she does it with the help of her 11-year old niece, Taylor. Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel, a five-star hit at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, is a show about Kimmings’ search for a modern heroine. Not an oversexed pop poppet, not a Disney heroine, but a credible, likeable superstar to inspire young girls.

Tattoos are all the rage – so long as the skin they adorn is that of a ‘gentleman’

We laugh at heavily tattooed footballers, but love it when upper-class men get inked

The channel was behind such hits as 'Gavin & Stacey'

British humour is better left at home than sent to the US

Oh, what’s occurring? Not much, as far as the American version of Gavin and Stacey is concerned. The remake for Fox, titled Us & Them, has been dropped and the completed episodes – starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Blede and a supporting cast of Michael Ian Black, Kurt Fuller and Malcolm in the Middle’s Jane Kaczmarek – will never air.

Busting the BritWedCom boom: Since Four Weddings and a Funeral conquered all, UK films have been trying to recreate the magic

Four weddings and a funeral. And that was all it took. $245,700,823 (£146,923,932) at the global box office and a couple of Oscar nominations later, a genre was born. The BritWedCom. Ever since Hugh Grant stammered his swear words out, the British film industry has tried relentlessly, unashamedly, like a randy best man with the prettiest bridesmaid, to make sparks fly again.

Cut through rape myths and one thing remains: no means no

Skirt length and underwear choices rarely come up in connection with other criminal cases. Why do myths persist in the relentlessly wobbly discourse around rape?

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice