Arts and Entertainment Cash strapped: Leonardo DiCaprio (centre) stars in Martin Scorsese's raucously enjoyable 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

The film is one of Scorsese's bawdiest and most enjoyable efforts

Ed Miliband 'winning battle of ideas'

Ed Miliband claimed today he was "winning the battle of ideas" but said it was a "hard process" to change the Labour Party.

Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

'Project Ed' to be relaunched –with a dose of economic reality

The Labour leader today takes the fight to Cameron in a speech focusing on a 'responsible capitalism'

David Usborne: Capitalist credentials will decide contest

Democrats who believe that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee this year calculate that one word may end up deciding his match-up with Barack Obama. It is Bain.

The long way round: Can the M25 compare to Route 66?

Simon Calder: Flights of fancy and the million pound upgrade

The man who pays his way

Nick Clegg: The deputy PM's name probably received a spike of search queries last April in wake of the first televised pre-general election debates

Nick Clegg pledges Lords reform

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today reaffirmed his determination to press ahead with reform of the House of Lords over the coming year.

There are plenty of methods to make postgraduate study affordable

Research all the options

Postgraduate study could be a financially viable option if you plan it out properly, writes Russ Thorne

The 99 per cent: protesters in St Paul's as part of the Occupy London movement

Robert Fisk: Bankers are the dictators of the West

Writing from the very region that produces more clichés per square foot than any other "story" – the Middle East – I should perhaps pause before I say I have never read so much garbage, so much utter drivel, as I have about the world financial crisis.

John Kinsella quits TS Eliot award

A second poet withdraws from shortlist for £15,000 award over it's sponsorship by a hedge fund.

The Business On... Paul Polman, chief executive, Unilever

The ethical businessman?

The Ewood Park faithful show their feelings ... during a 4-2 victory

James Corrigan: Carping at Kean is so gloriously predictable

The Way I See It: It wouldn't have mattered if he'd got a red card having flattened James O'Connor with a baseball bat

Mark Ravenhill is to write at the RSC in Shakespeare's home town

Shakespeare and F*%!ing: Mark Ravenhill at the RSC

Mark Ravenhill, the controversial playwright with a talent for shocking audiences, was this week revealed as the new writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford may never be the same again. John Walsh imagines what the author of 'Shopping and Fucking' might do with the Bard's poetry

Ed Miliband eyes executive pay reforms

Workers should help set top bosses' pay, Ed Miliband said today.

Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest

Seattle police use pepper spray on Occupy activists

Seattle police were forced to defend their actions yesterday after blasting a pregnant woman and an elderly activist with pepper spray in an attempt to disperse Occupy Seattle protesters.

Howard Jacobson: Let's move the tents to Simon Cowell's backyard

In Zurich briefly to give a reading, I look out of my hotel window towards the Lindenhof and see what appears to be a fairground or gypsy encampment. I hear music and smell roasting meat.

Letters: Protest could be the saviour of capitalism

I keep reading about "anti-capitalism" protests outside St Paul's, but many opponents of the current system would argue that they are trying to save capitalism from itself.

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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there