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Tom Cruise: Playing heroic loner Jack Reacher was easy

Tom Cruise said playing heroic loner Jack Reacher was "easy" because it reminded him of his own life.

Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester yesterday

The corner of Manchester that's forever Hollywood as Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall make appearance

Actors among array of celebrities in attendance to watch Manchester United beat Manchester City

Agenda: Caracalla 1947 bag; Rebel Wilson; Barlowered; gifts for the 12 days of Christmas

Fashion: Depeche Mode

Motorsport fans looking for  a style formula (one) should drive themselves to the internet forthwith  and root out  leather-goods label Caracalla 1947.

A splash of the special treatment

From peppermint facials to artificial ice caves, Juliet Kinsman hits the on-trend spas

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: I want a UK Christmas holiday without the Christmas celebrations

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Will my Samsung Galaxy II work as a phone while in Japan?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Euros or sterling? Which card should I use to book my Manchester flight?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What happens when easyJet fares go DOWN after booking?

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Christopher Maloney has yet to find himself in the dreaded 'bottom two'

Rylan Clark: Christopher Maloney to win X Factor

The latest contestant to be booted off the ITV1 talent contest has hailed Maloney despite sniping about the former cruise ship singer last week

Tom Cruise's Battle of Trafalgar

Tom Cruise brought Trafalgar Square to a standstill yesterday when he dropped in by helicopter to do battle with aliens during the shooting in London of his latest film, All You Need is Kill.

Tom Cruise brings London to a standstill

As if people didn't already find Tom Cruise annoying, many were left frustrated on Sunday when Trafalgar Square and surrounding streets were shut down for filming.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: In the face of long flight delays, what advice do you have for a diabetic?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Will our trips to Zaragoza ever get any easier?

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Rylan Clark vs Gary Barlow: X Factor contestant blasts judge in online rant

X Factor contestant Rylan Clark entered a war of words with Gary Barlow by blasting the show's chief judge in an online outburst.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Why is Manston never mentioned as a London airport option?

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Lancet accused of 'anti-Israel hate propaganda' over coverage of Gaza conflict

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General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

All noisy on the Lib Dems' western front

The party has deployed its big guns in Cornwall to save its seats there. Simon Usborne heads to the heart of the battle
How Etsy became a crafty little earner: The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?

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Guy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker to tackle King Arthur - one of our most versatile heroes

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Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations for the man or woman on the street?

Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations?

The Apple Watch has apparently sold millions even before its launch tomorrow
Don't fear the artichoke: it's a good cook's staple, with more choice than you'd think

Don't fear the artichoke

Artichokes are scary - they've got spikes and hairy bits, and British cooks tend to give them a wide berth. But they're an essential and delicious part of Italian cuisine
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Paul Scholes column: Eden Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo

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Frank Warren: Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal

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London Marathon 2015: Kenya's brothers in arms Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto ready to take on world

Kenya's brothers in arms take on world

Last year Wilson Kipsang had his marathon record taken off him by training partner and friend Dennis Kimetto. They talk about facing off in the London Marathon
Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad

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Syria conflict: Khorasan return with a fresh influx of fighters awaiting the order to start 'shooting the birds'

Khorasan is back in Syria

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General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

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Four rival Robin Hood movies get Hollywood go-head - and Friar Tuck will become a superhero

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Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC show is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade

In the driving seat: Peter Kay

Car Share is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade. The programme's co-creator Paul Coleman reveals the challenges of getting the show on the road