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Rhys photographed last month on Southerndown Beach, near Bridgend in South Wales

Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence

He is a musician of wondrous oddity. He is on a perpetual quest to seek the lost tribes of the Welsh diaspora. He toured America with the puppet of a long-dead countryman. Just don't ask Gruff Rhys if he's a national treasure (because you'll wait a long time for the answer…)
The Guest Cat

The Guest Cat: The unlikeliest festive bestseller

Nick Duerden discovers why a simple, short story of a couple and a feline resonates with its readers on so many levels
Jacket required: Ed Harcourt

Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Paloma Faith, Lana del Rey, Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt can write for them all. But, as he tells Nick Duerden, it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire

Christopher Green & Sarah Waters: "He does stage hypnotism, through song. He is so convincing: he has the most piercing gaze"

The author and the performer discuss how they ended up collaborating on an adaptation of The Frozen Scream

Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Wheeler's father suffered from Alzheimer's for three years, increasingly lost in the confusing shadows of his mind. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Philip Selway of Radiohead

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway interview: Star on his new solo album and how being in a band can make you 'narcissistic'

Selway had originally wanted to become a singer-songwriter, but after falling into drumming and with Radiohead taking off, he put songwriting to one side - for decades

Sister act: mirror image twins Louise (left) and Chistie Miller, who record under the name Millers Daughter

Mirror-image twins: One mind in two bodies

Musical sisters Louise and Christie Miller recently discovered they were mirror-image twins. Which might, they tell Nick Duerden, explain their almost psychic connection
Branching out: Henderson has ditched the cute vintage look she sported on The X Factor

The X Factor star Ella Henderson: 'I'm where I want to be, and I'll work hard to stay here'

Ella Henderson, 18, tells Nick Duerden that she won't be another Cowell-manufactured has-been

Ashley Roberts interview: What The Pussycat Dolls were really like

As Ashley Roberts goes solo, she lifts the lid on who got the cream in The Pussycat Dolls...

Rizzle Kicks interview: The Brighton boys are on a roll

Hits, film roles, TV presenting – Rizzle Kicks are a self-made duo with talents that go beyond the charts. Just don’t call them the new Ant & Dec

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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