Sport Phil Taylor celebrates winning the title last year

A spectator was ejected from an event last year when his resemeblance to Jesus caused a stir among other fans

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The evidence: The work table of a mosaic artist

Emma Biggs co-owns The Mosaic Workshop in London. She runs regular mosaic classes and has written several books on the subject.

Yes, you shall go to the ball

Tired of wearing the same outfit to every Christmas party? Call the rent-a-frock brigade.

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Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 1: Robert Mitchum, Film Actor

IN THE Sixties Robert Mitchum appeared on a chat show plugging a record he had just released. "Can you sing?" he was asked. "Hell no," was the reply, "can't act either, but that never stopped me."

Valentine sweet-talk could mask a violent monster, abuse charity warns

Women hoping to be swept off their feet by a slick Romeo on Valentine's Day are being warned that their heart-throb could be a violent monster.

Human Condition: A naughy New Year ... or the most nightmarish evening you'll ever have?

Matthew Sweet's New Year's Eve revelries peaked when he was 15, sitting on the bench outside the chippy with his mates, a carrier bag of Diamond White and someone's mum's fags. It's been downhill ever since, so this year he's playing safe and staying in

TAX TIPS: Spirit of Christmas lost

Hector took lessons from Scrooge on seasonal cheer, writes John Andrews

Racing: Cliche heads British sweep

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IN LONDON ...

Letter: Young Cary

Sir: I am surprised to see your reviewer Christopher Bray ("Educating Archie", 21 September) still accepting that nonsense about Cary Grant being born "to a poor working-class household".

Behind the ironic mask

Sir Peter Hall's new production of Sophocles' Oedipus plays opens in Epidaurus at the end of the month. Georgina Brown looks behind the scenes at the emotionally demanding rehearsal regime

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THEATRE OFFER: SEE 'DEAD FUNNY' FOR HALF PRICE

THE re-opening of Terry Johnson's Dead Funny in September was more an encore than a revival. A national tour and a change of cast apart, it has deservedly been a West End fixture (at the Vaudeville, and now the Savoy) since the end of its initial sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre in April 1994. Following the Donmar's recent revival of his 1982 play Insignificance (in which Marilyn Monroe explains relativity to Albert Einstein in a hotel bedroom), and with the imminent West End opening of Hysteria (1993) - which imagines the equally surreal meeting of Freud and Dali - Johnson, the 1994 Lloyds' Playwright of the Year, must be beside himself with mirth.

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