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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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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
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