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Rosdeep Kular appeared in an Edinburgh court for the second time today

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'The Manchester Fire Brigade is suing a man who called them out on bonfire night to help him set off a Roman candle that failed to ignite'

Twelfth Night, Donmar Warehouse, London

The diverting delight of Twelfth Night

The Irritations of Modern Life: 74. Millennium bug paranoia

DID WE learn a valuable lesson from publicity about the eclipse in August? We were warned that if we should venture to Cornwall for the event of a lifetime, we should spend a week gridlocked on a motorway in Devon, causing death and destruction with our presence because local emergency services would be unable to go about their business. So we collectively decided to stay at home.

The Sunday Poem No 50: Ian Duhig

Every week Ruth Padel discusses a contemporary poet through an example of their work

The Irritations of Modern Life; 73. advent calendars

ADVENT CALENDARS come in three categories: traditional, commercial and downright dangerous. The traditional variety has a nice Nativity scene. You open a door a day until Christmas Eve, then throw it away. Except sometimes you run out of doors on day 22 after getting out of step somewhere around 7 December.

Serendipity: The lighthouse family

I HAVE just finished reading The Lighthouse Stevensons, by Bella Bathurst, the story of the family that courageously devoted itself to building the lighthouses that protected those who sailed around the Scottish coast. Bathurst describes a serendipitous discovery that had an enormous impact on the effectiveness of lighthouses. In 1781, a Swiss chemist named Ami Argand was eating dinner with his brother when he accidentally broke a glass flask. As he picked up the pieces, he happened to pass a tubular fragment above the flame of an oil lamp. Argand's brother documented what happened to the flame: "Immediately it rose with brilliancy. My brother started from his seat in ecstasy, rushed upon me with a transport of joy and embraced me with rapture."

City Life: Mexico City - Trick or treaters menace Day of the Dead

MY NEIGHBOUR in Mexico City just brought over a life-size skull with my name embossed across the brow in pink frosting. It sits on my mantelpiece, flanked by skulls adorned with my husband's and sons' names. No, it's not some sort of threat; they don't have any particular grudge against us. The Day of the Dead is upon us, and although it sounds like the title of some Hammer horror film, it is one of Mexico's liveliest festivals.
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried