Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Comedian Dane Baptiste

Dane Baptiste, Pleasance Courtyard - review: A confident, affable debut

Edinburgh Festival 2014: It will not be long before Baptiste is on Mock the Week or similar

Jeremy Paxman’s one-man Fringe show is, surprisingly, a full theatrical production

Paxo, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival review: Jeremy Paxman shows a mild-mannered side

Television's retired attack dog spins a silver wheel in theatrical production

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Political advisors are turning stand-ups in 'revenge of the wonks'

Alice Jones has noticed odd clusters of former careers among comedians

Sara Pascoe, Assembly George Square, review: 'Her most clear-eyed hour of stand-up yet'

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 'This is Pascoe at her peak'

Sirens, Summerhall and Travesti, Pleasance Dome, reviews: 'Feminism is clearly having a moment in the limelight'

Edinburgh Festival 2014: 'Two shows tackle the question of what it's like to be a woman in oddly similar style'

Festival's funniest: 60 best Edinburgh Fringe one-liners, selected by Alice Jones

'My dad's a proper family man... he’s got three of them'

The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2013 Christmas special

Like all hit TV shows, Downton Abbey is cursed to outstay its welcome

More often than not, killing a show off early is the kindest thing you can do

Sophie Wu is destined for bigger things

Sophie Wu, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, review: 'A wicked eye for detail'

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Wu won't be playing small rooms for long

Nick Mohammed's Mr Swallow is camp, daft, huffy and endowed with an inflated sense of his own talents

Mr Swallow - The Musical, Pleasance Dome, review: 'Heroically ambitious and brilliantly entertaining'

Edinburgh Festival 2014: Mr Swallow is a quite hilarious creation

Lizzie Roper stars as Julie Burchill in Absolute Cult

Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult, Gilded Balloon, comedy review: 'What is not clear is who Tim Fountain imagines might be interested'

Edinburgh Festival 2014: It's clear why this play is not approved by Burchill

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all