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At 80, the great Arthur Miller has written a tiny, peculiar and frustrating novel. By Hugo Barnacle; Plain Girl by Arthur Miller Methuen, pounds 10

Assassins

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Must the show go on?

ARTS THEATRE The box-office figures for Broadway's 1995 season are in, and, says Michael Arditti, things are looking grim ything remotel

Word of mouth

Traffic

Seen anything good recently?

By Chris Smith, MP

THEATRE; They should Ko-Ko

Hot Mikado Queen's Theatre, London

Allen comes out shooting blanks

Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway is his first film conceived and completed since his bruising battles with Mia Farrow. Adam Mars-Jones sees signs of strain

Show me a European film and I'll watch it: LETTER

F American films dominate the European market, why do we have to wait over half a year for Ed Wood and Bullets over Broadway, and still no sign of Six Degrees of Separation?

Obituary: Lionel Stander

In his otherwise admirable obituary of Lionel Stander [3 December], David Shipman made an all too common error, writes Dick Vosburgh.

THEATRE / The tall guy: The playwright Edward Albee has picked up a third Pulitzer Prize. Americans still don't like him. It's a personal problem, he tells Paul Taylor

When the New York critical establishment lavished well-nigh unanimous acclaim on his latest play, Three Tall Women, Edward Albee's first reaction was one of amused suspicion. 'So what did I do wrong?' he asks in a tone which, like much of his conversation, maintains a perfect patrician poise between laconic self-mockery and casually assumed superiority.

MUSIC / Double Play: Giving her regards to Broadway

I WISH IT SO: Show songs by Bernstein, Blitzstein, Sondheim and Weill

Racing: Eddery can brave traffic with Intrepidity: Richard Edmondson signposts qualities needed for Longchamp's unique test

IN PARIS, both on the Peripherique and in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, they always complain of traffic problems. The ring road continues to frustrate, but this year the congestion on the race-track has been eased by limiting the Arc field to 20 runners.

Racing: Ryan's patience is rewarded by Route: A stable jockey whose lot is often to play second fiddle is poised to take a Classic bow in Saturday's St Leger

A DECADE ago, an impending ride on a Classic favourite was as much a fact of life for Henry Cecil's stable jockey as winning the riders' title or buying a private jet. It was a job for which champions would grovel, with a profile even higher than the salary.

Racing: Sheikh seeks to get in Epsom shake-up: Sue Montgomery weighs up the prospects for an elusive Derby triumph

THE BIG question of the week is what will win the Derby on Wednesday. The supplementary question is whether or not Sheikh Mohammed will win it in his tenth year of trying. The Sheikh has spent millions in his quest for Classic glory at Epsom and, as far as the fillies are concerned, it's a case of been there, done that, with Oaks victories from Oh So Sharp, Unite and Diminuendo.

Racing: Erhaab hardens along with the Epsom going

AFTER drifting for a week on a tide of uncertainty, Erhaab finally settled in the Derby betting yesterday, despite disruption to his work schedule.
Arts and Entertainment
Attenborough with the primates
tvWhy BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Campbell: ‘Sometimes you have to be economical with the truth’
newsFormer spin doctor says MPs should study tactics of leading sports figures like José Mourinho
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Agretti is often compared to its relative, samphire, though is closer in taste to spinach
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Kelly Osbourne will play a flight attendant in Sharknado 2
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Down-to-earth: Winstone isn't one for considering his 'legacy'
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The dress can be seen in different colours
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Wes Brown is sent-off
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Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC
voicesBeware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Alexander McQueen's AW 2009/10 collection during Paris Fashion Week
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?