Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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The view over Pukaki

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, New Zealand: A precious thing in hobbit country

The scenery is like a film set, but with extra seclusion, as Alice Jones found

Cameron and Miliband went head-to-head in the live televised debate last night

The Battle for Number 10: Great TV but not an interview for the job of prime minister

The real winners were Sky News and Channel 4, whose audiences soared

There were showbiz anecdotes aplenty from Brooks

Mel Brooks live in London, Prince of Wales Theatre, review: A blazing show as comedy great gets back in the saddle

If anyone alive can claim the title comedy legend, Brooks is the man

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg, book review: Unlikely heroines make their mark in these short shockers

Van den Berg’s great talent is taking quite outlandish situations and boiling them down to a universal emotional essence

Brühl photographed in his home town of Berlin

Daniel Brühl: 'When you have success abroad, you become a traitor. Envy is very German'

He's got stick for his golden acting career and for his beloved restaurant - but Daniel Brühl is staying put in Berlin (where at least the grannies love him)

Zayn Malik: It's as if these boyband stars are more than just wind-up, cash-producing dolls...

Everything they do is moulded by older, greedy men to extract maximum profit

Stewart Lee axed: The demise of real stand-up on TV is no laughing matter

The axing of Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience is bad news for comedians everywhere

Sean Verey and Gemma Whelan in 'Radiant Vermin'

House prices and the property market: Rents and deposits are at the centre of new theatre and TV dramas

New work examines the human cost of the property market. A house is a powerful symbol, says Alice Jones

International Women's Day: If you want to celebrate women then give us true equality

There's something jarring about a day which celebrates a gender that is still so unequal

The UK’s train service is rubbish — it needs a woman's touch

For £80.60 to travel from London to Manchester you expect free gin and tonic, a lending library of the latest Booker shortlist and complimentary phone chargers at every seat

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'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
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The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
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Rainbow shades

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Bread from heaven

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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
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Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'