Voices

Where can a full and frank porn talk go aside from one person decreeing that the other cannot have the sexual outlet they rely on?

Philip Hensher: Showing Syria our fragile side is our strength

It is right to try a variety of rapprochements between us and the Middle East, and to the political we might add cultural approaches. You never know; that might do the trick where hard diplomacy is always going to fail.

The school pottery teacher who turned a fortune with garden-shed forgeries

An amateur sculptor duped some of Britain's most respected auction houses into selling fake vases that he had made in his garden shed – thinking they were genuine antiques worth thousands of pounds.

Robert Fournier: Inventive ceramist whose 'pebble' pots were based on natural forms

The potter Robert Fournier was as well known for his many distinguished reference books as his inventive ceramics. Something of a rebel, he was a lifelong pacifist and atheist, and his decision to become a potter was, in part, a refusal to compete in what he saw as an increasingly consumer-led society.

The Teahouse Fire, by Ellis Avery

The rigidity of Japanese society squeezes out the emotional life of this tale

Chaos theory

The ceramicist Emma Bridgewater is the queen of quirky crockery. But is her rambling Norfolk home as charming as her bestselling designs? Sarah Harris drops in. Photographs by Nick Sinclair

INM keeps door open for Australia deal after private equity talks fail

Independent News & Media hopes to resurrect a deal to buy out minority shareholders in the Australian newspaper group APN News & Media next year after it abandoned a potential £1.5bn offer when talks with its private equity backers broke down.

Ken Bright

Artist and ceramicist

Need a change? Quit the UK

A wealth of opportunities exists for working overseas. And, as Nick Jackson reports, some expats fall in love with their new countries

Inventive metalworkers scrap it out for arts prize worth £30,000

Eight metalworkers whose works range from tea sets to hammered silver vases are in the running for the £30,000 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize.

Staying in: Trousers ancient and modern

Adam Hart-Davis's new series tramples all over the tweedy version of history

Handle with care: how to be made in China

Now and again, a collection comes up for sale that is interesting as much for its owner as its own merits. The 300 monocrome (single-colour) Chinese ceramics that belonged to the late Professor Edward "Teddy" Hall are in this category.

MP in angry clash with Doulton

China Crisis Averted

Stripped of its assets and driven into administration, one of the UK's best-known potters is fired up again, says Kotaro Miyata
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness