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Jumbo the elephant was a Victorian sensation, who between his birth in modern-day Eritrea and alcoholic death in the American circus of the incorrigible showman PT Barnum was the star attraction at London Zoo.

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French choreographer, Benjamin Millepied

A Scottish opening for the Black Swan choreographer

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Vera Farmiga will play Norman Bates' mother in Bates Motel, the TV prequel to the slasher classic Psycho

Norman Bates's mother finally gets her chance on screen

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Mormon murmurs give the love-in momentum

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Eric Wareheim, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker and Reggie Watts have launched a comedy Youtube channel

'I don't want a poofter to play me in a film': Sir Stirling Moss is embroiled in homophobia row after 'offensive' comments

Moss criticised by campaigners who described his comments as 'offensive'

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Jarvis Cocker, Lionel Shriver and Claire Tomalin to headline Southbank's London Literature Festival

Jarvis Cocker might seem an unlikely contender to headline a literature festival, but it seems the former Pulp frontman really does have a thirst for knowledge.

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Supplementary pills get juice-fast diet in trouble

It is the detox diet favoured by supermodels and socialites. Natalia Vodianova, Poppy Delevingne and Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie), are all fans of the "juice fast" system which allows for supplementary pills to be eaten – and little else – over the course of three or five days.

The 10 Best non-fiction audio books

With these, you can learn about Ancient Rome, Victorian murders or modern sexism all without turning a page.

Review: The Emperor of All Things, By Paul Witcover

Seven Years' War, run like clockwork

From Shameless layabout to Detective Inspector: David Threlfall in BBC crime drama

David Threlfall is to play a hard-working detective in a new BBC serial - his first role following his long running stint as dodgy layabout Frank Gallagher in Shameless.

Prince Albert of Monaco denounces Grace Kelly movie

Prince Albert II of Monaco has criticised a new Hollywood movie about his mother, Grace Kelly, as “needlessly glamourised and historically innacurate”.

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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