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Ricky Gervais at a screening of

Man About Town: How I finally cornered Ricky Gervais

Premieres can be like extremely well-dressed celebrity battlefields

Man About Town: Clubs cater for all tastes – even bean baths

A dwarf dressed as a dog walks around greeting the guests

Man about town: Karl Lagerfeld was late to the launch of his European flagship store, but certainly no disappointment

The London fashion crowd, normally arch and reserved, lost any pretence of cool

Man about town: Bubbles at The Ritz

Before this week, I had never dined there...

Man about Town: These ingredients were special, but it's what you do with them that really matters

The honey, champagne and parsnip mix was a triumph

Backstage: From Ben Cookson's chance meeting in the loos to the big screen, Ray Davies gets a say in who plays him, green on the red carpet and Richard E Grant keeps his clothes on

It’s not on the red carpets of film festivals where the business side of filmmaking happens, but everywhere else – even the toilet. Just ask Ben Cookson, who found the key backer for his debut film, Almost Married, in a lavatory at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Nile Rodgers performing on stage at the Indigo2, London

Man about Town: Stars of the 70s show their class

Nile Rodgers and Claudia Lennear are enjoying their moment back in the spotlight

Anne Hathaway (brown coat) and Rita Everett are employed as grape pickers at Gusborne (they use money to supplement their pensions).

Pick of the bunch: Sparkling wines from Kent's Gusbourne Estates are winning top awards

The secret of their success? Delicious fizz - and a harvesting team with a difference. Luke Blackall pays a visit

Backstage: Former RSC chief Sir Michael Boyd goes à la carte for his next ‘Big Meal’

Two years after stepping down as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sir Michael Boyd is enjoying being forced to learn new skills.

Man about town: The art of service is back in fashion

Regretfully, while bad service is always remembered, good service often goes unnoticed

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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

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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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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?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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