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Ringing the changes: when the switchboard started, homosexuality had only recently been
legalised

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: The telephone number that helped make gay okay

Forty years of counselling callers from all over the world has given London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard a frontline view of changing attitudes to homosexuality. Its volunteers tell Nick Duerden why they'll carry on listening

Larger than life: Camila Batmanghelidjh raises £24m a year from 75,000 sources

I'm the fat beggar': Kids Company's Camila Batmanghelidjh reveals why the fight for funds for vulnerable children never ends

When Camila Batmanghelidjh requires the assistance of her PA, who sits some distance away, behind a closed door, she lets out a curious, high-pitched noise. It is not a particularly nice noise – you think, instinctively, of a dolphin in peril – but it is effective. She does it twice while I'm in her company, and both times her dutiful PA comes running.

Edge of the earth: Ben Saunders

In Scott's steps: How two men walked to the South Pole and into the record books

No one has ever completed Captain Scott's ill-fated South Pole trek – until now. But, as Ben Saunders tells Nick Duerden, perhaps the biggest challenge was in convincing people how extraordinary the feat was

Jake Bugg: 'Perhaps I'm not a nice person, but no one's perfect'

Musician admits he is still bugged by the baggage of celebrity

Laura Mvula opens up about the crippling anxiety that she was forced to confront on becoming a pop star

Laura Mvula: 'I don't think I'm good at being a pop star. It's making me too paranoid'

The singer-songwriter, nominated for two Brit Awards this week, opens up about the crippling anxiety that she was forced to confront on becoming a pop star – and is finally learning to overcome. Plus, we predict this year’s Brits winner

XFM's new DJ: Blur's Dave Rowntree

Dave Rowntree: Blur’s polymath drums up another new career as XFM radio DJ

Dave Rowntree – politician, lawyer, Britpop hero – talks about his latest incarnation: as a DJ for indie station XFM

How we met: Julie MacDonald & Laura Main

'I imagine it tickles her to watch me host the news. Last time we met, we just gossiped about "The Hills" and had our nails done'

Alexandra Heminsley: The writer explains how running (in all weathers) has changed her life

Running has brought me closer to my father I'm quite a girly girl, I have a sister and my mum's a dancer, so we'd all sit and talk about nail polish for hours. I didn't really have an adult-friendly relationship with my father and my brother; we didn't have anything in common. Then this huge common ground opened up with my running, as my dad ran several marathons in his younger years. He gave me such a consistent message throughout, always telling me I could do it, and changing my perception of myself.

Credo: ‘Shawshank Redemption’ director Frank Darabont on potboilers, the immigrant experience and why he yearns for the ocean

I’ve always tried to pursue the things I’m most passionate about You have to follow your heart. That’s why I’ve written and directed [new TV show] Mob City [based on John Buntin’s book LA Noir: The Struggle For the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City]. I’ve always loved film noir, the potboiler aspect, the fact that everyone has an angle, a secret, and that the heat is always being turned up under the kettle.

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