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The first dance arms race: The rise of cool songs and elaborate marital choreography

The First Dance Arms Race has two distinct strands. Will Dean presents his comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Rock Stars Stole My Life! A Big Bad Love Affair with Music by Mark Ellen, book review

Depending on your purview, you'll know Mark Ellen either as one of the key brains behind some of the greatest music magazines of the last 40 years (imperial period Smash Hits, Q, Mojo, The Word); or maybe as the presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test or Live Aid; or as the bassist in Ugly Rumours, the Oxford college band most notable for the Jagger-like moves of its frontman, one Anthony Blair.

Just the job: ‘Mary’s Silver Service’

Mary's Silver Service, TV review: Portas shows retirement has a silver lining

Call me old-fashioned. Heck, call me what you like, but when I'm 91, or even 71, I imagine the last thing I'd feel like doing would be a bit of late-life professional catering. My dream retirement may involve a greenhouse, a pipe and a wobbling stack of Grishams but others' might involve, well, going back to work. Presumably until you're taken out of the office in something mahogany. Your call. As my granny (94), often reminds me, there's nowt so queer as folk.

Tied up: Rich Sommer, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm in ‘Mad Men’

Mad Men, TV review: Another giant leap for television as show enters the lunar age

The Moon belongs to everyone, but the best things – sang some geezers, some time ago – are free. Alas, unless you have Sky, Mad Men isn't free, but it remains one of the best things.

Crate expectations: Richie and Nikki in ‘Del Boys and Dealers’

Del Boys and Dealers, TV review: A wheeler-dealer documentary that's the genuine article

No income tax? No VAT? One couldn't possibly speculate how accurately the wheeler-dealers in four-part series Del Boys and Dealers (BBC1) fill in their returns, but, like Del, they're fun to spend time with.

Jokers in the pack: Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan (centre) and Matt LeBlanc in ‘Episodes’

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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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