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Without question, the book that has most influenced my life has been Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs. I was astonished by the outrageous pot-head humour: crazy ideas taken way beyond their normal limits. The book was a savage indictment of American racism and consumerism, it dealt with the corruption, graft and lies of politicians with Swiftian humour. I had never read anything like, then or since.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed he will star in Terminator 5

I said I'd be back: Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms he will star in Terminator 5

Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed he will be back to star in the next Terminator film.

James Cameron's two record-breaking films

James Cameron has directed the two largest-grossing films ever, ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’. Read some of the statistics for the two below:

Lots of bite: Gemma Arterton in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

'Girls like vampire films. They find them romantic'

Neil Jordan is back in cinemas with a bloody new horror. It almost didn't get made at all, the director tells Kaleem Aftab

Vaughan: his work was described by one film-maker as ‘so simple, unostentatious and yet so perfect’

Mick McManus: Wrestler who revelled in his status as the man the British public loved to hate

Mick McManus was one of the greatest British wrestlers. An enormously popular figure who delighted in the nicknames of "The Man You Love to Hate" and "The Dulwich Destroyer", he was renowned for pushing the rules of the sport to their limits and for deliberately turning the crowds against him for theatrical effect.

James Hunt in his prime in 1976

James Lawton: The James Hunt I knew is the subject of a new F1 movie

British driver was fascinating man whose epic duel with Niki Lauda in 1976 was typical of an era of glamour and glory – but also the ever-present threat of death

'The Full Monty', Noel Coward Theatre, London WC2 from 25 February 2014

Roger Morlidge says Full Monty is a serious scream

“It's amazing, coming out on stage and having 1,000 women screaming at you,” says the actor Roger Morlidge. “It's the closest I'll ever get to being a rock star.”

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Snooker: Shock at the Crucible - literally for Graeme Dott

Static shocks affect last-16 encounter at the World Snooker Championships

Robert Milkins, right, came from behind to see off Neil Robertson

Snooker: World No 2 Neil Robertson crashes out of World Championship

Robert Milkins produced a stunning upset by knocking Australia's Neil Robertson out of the World Championship at the Crucible. In a first round that has seen a host of shocks, the win of the 37-year-old from Gloucester against the world No 2 was among the biggest.

On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Dechawat Poomjaeng

Snooker: Dechawat Poomjaeng has it all to do against Michael White

On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Snooker: Mark Davis punishes sloppy John Higgins

Four-time winner John Higgins crashed out of the Betfair World Championship today as Mark Davis sent the Scot packing.

Emeli Sande performing live

Emeli Sande tops 2013 album chart with Our Version of Events

Emeli Sande's debut album Our Version Of Events is the biggest-selling album so far this year, despite having already sold 1.4 million copies last year.

Review: Lego City Undercover

Chase McCain's adventure is akin to GTA for kids, as the knowingly clichéd action cop takes to the open world streets as he looks to throw his arch nemesis Rex Fury back behind bars.

Postcard from... Münnerstadt

There wasn’t a Scotsman among them. But more than 2,500 would-be Scottish revolutionaries, clad in kilts and many with their faces daubed with blue and white paint nevertheless took to the countryside outside the town of Munnerstadt at the weekend.

Paperback review: The Revenge of Frankenstein, By Shaun Hutson

The Revenge of Frankenstein is a play-it-straight novelisation of the 1958 Hammer horror film.

'Anything will sink if you put a hole in it': Australian billionaire plays down 'unsinkable' reports as he unveils blueprints for Titanic II - an exact replica of the doomed original

Finnish designers are not quite so cautious however, billing Titanic II as 'the safest cruise ship in the world'

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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

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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'
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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
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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