Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Around 150 dogs have been rescued

Charity isn't a thing of the past — we should be proud about how much we give

As the response to the Manchester Dogs' Home has proven, we're still a generous nation, despite what the critics say

Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Watch

Apple’s new watch might seem useless, but it could yet change our lives

My generation seems to measure out its life in new smartphone releases

The Riot Club film: Why this portrayal of drunken Oxford University toffs is a load of tosh

Scherfig’s Oxford feels as authentic as Woody Allen’s London – ie not at all

Joan Rivers made no effort to be liked. That is why she was so funny – and liberating

"My face has been tucked in more than a bedsheet at the Holiday Inn"

Comedian Simon Lipson

Simon Lipson: The comedian proving middle-age can be funny

The 55-year-old launches new stand-up night for 'the been there, done that, got the mortgage' generation

How does any woman find the time to vote, with so much cooking and cleaning to do?

(Send your answer to the dolts at Better Together)

Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014 shortlist: Introducing the nominees

Comedy Award judge Alice Jones profiles this year's nominees

Comedian Luisa Omielan

Luisa Omielan, The Counting House, review: Not your average comedy show

Edinburgh Festival 2014: The show picks up where last year's What Would Beyonce Do left off

Adam Riches, Steen Raskopoulos, Funz and Gamez - Edinburgh Festival reviews

They are the kind of comedy shows to make timid audience members yearn for the days when interaction meant a bit of banter about their hometown or haircut; the kind which elevate mocking the crowd into an artform, and come with a delirium-inducing dose of fear that it could be you.

Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick