Chris Maume

Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.

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Whitelaw: 'I've never really felt like a proper actress,' she said

Billie Whitelaw: Actress hailed as one of the finest of her generation, best known as Samuel Beckett's muse and inspiration

When she received her CBE from the Queen in 1991, she was so nervous she couldn't say a word

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Who reportedly asked her husband, "Why don't you write books that people can read?"?

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Mandy Rice-Davies was a key figure in the Profumo Affair

Mandy Rice-Davies: Showgirl who became famous for her part in the Profumo affair and went on to enjoy a successful business career

It was while giving evidence at the trial of the society osteopath Stephen Ward in 1963 that Mandy Rice-Davies uttered perhaps the most famous retort in British legal history.

The Tor software system has built a reputation as the 'dark internet' – an ungoverned and seemingly ungovernable space where web users can surf with complete anonymity.

Dark net: We have the technology to trace internet paedophiles – let’s make sure we use it

Shouldn’t internet providers be made entirely responsible for the content they convey?

Queen Fabiola of Belgium: Spanish aristocrat headhunted to marry King Baudouin of Belgium, to whom she was a popular consort

In the late 1950s it was decided that King Baudouin I, who had been on the Belgian throne for nine years, was lonely and needed a queen. An Irish nun from the Legion of Mary, Sister Veronica O'Brien, was sent by the future Cardinal Suenens, then auxiliary bishop of Malenes, to scour Europe for a suitable bride. The king gave two conditions: she had to be aristocratic, and like him she had to be a devout Catholic.

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Which is Africa's only country with Spanish as an official language?

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Books of the year 2014: Sport, from Oscar Pistorius to Kevin Pietersen's autobiography

John Carlin's The Trials of Oscar Pistorius: Chase Your Shadow contends that, in these post-Mandela days the exceedingly complex Pistorius is a more telling and accurate symbol of South Africa even than Madiba himself

Tony Blair speaks on stage at the 2nd Annual Save The Children Illumination Gala

Tony Blair's award from Save the Children raises an important question: are they joking?

Had Blair been in Downing Street in the 1960s our brave boys would probably have been slugging it out with the Vietcong

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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
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