Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Fantasy stuff: Count Arthur Strong

The Week in Comedy: Fancy a laugh? Go to a book festival

"Have you actually read the book? You're asking me a lot of questions about it." This was, quite obviously, no ordinary literature festival talk. How could it be, when the author in question was Count Arthur Strong?

Independent Bath Literature Festival: Move on from the Nazis, historian pleads

Don’t mention the war, or at least don’t mention it quite so often – that was the plea from one historian.

Alastair Campbell, at the Independent Bath Literature Festival yesterday, says Putin has it right on alcohol

Independent Bath Literature Festival: Art is as powerful as politics, claims Alastair Campbell

Former Downing Street communications chief reveals change of heart inspired by the three novels he has written since leaving government

Frieda Hughes at the Independent Bath Literature festival

Independent Bath Literature Festival: Poetry royalty Frieda Hughes shares experiences as a counsellor

She is mid-way through training and currently works as a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care

Presenter Sally Magnusson at the Independent Bath Literature Festival

Sally Magnusson: Dementia care in Britain 'not fit for purpose'

Presenter said society's treatment of dementia patients was 'less than human'

Jonathan Aitken at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher last year

Jonathan Aitken: An 'insecure' Margaret Thatcher ‘promoted handsome male MPs’

Margaret Thatcher was a “surprisingly insecure” woman who promoted male MPs based on their good looks, according to Jonathan Aitken.

Jonathan Grimwood was nominated for the award last year for a sex scene in ‘The Last Banquet’

The Independent Bath Literature Festival: The Bad Sex Award is ‘idiotic’, says nominee Jonathan Grimwood

The Bad Sex Award is “idiotic”, according to one of last year’s nominees.

Punters waiting for the next talk at the Bath Literature Festival

The Independent Bath Literature Festival: Surgeon attacks chaotic hospital system

The country’s most senior neurosurgeon has attacked the state of UK hospitals.

Wes Anderson and the best props in Hollywood: Meet the graphic designer tasked with bringing the director's films to life

A Wes Anderson film is usually instantly recognisable as a Wes Anderson film. Droll, dysfunctional characters in kooky costumes; meticulously realised, often imaginary settings; eye-popping colour; witty details; whimsy; Bill Murray. The Grand Budapest Hotel, his eighth feature, is no exception. Quite apart from the astonishing cast list – Brody, Dafoe, Fiennes, Goldblum, Keitel, Law, Norton, Swinton, Wilson and, yes, Murray – it may be the auteur's most visually sumptuous film yet.

If students think that stripping is the way to make ends meet then there’s something missing from their education

Twizzling around a greasy pole is now a leisure activity for hen parties

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home