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The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.

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TV review: Trevor McDonald is too reserved to ask the cheeky questions in Women Behind Bars

Women Behind Bars with Trevor McDonald, ITV

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Smith, left, with Superintendent George Smith following the capture of the Portland spy ring in 1961

Ferguson Smith: War hero who became a Special Branch spy catcher

His neighbours in the London suburb of New Malden would be amazed to learn that the quiet man who had lived in their street for the past 60 years, 40 of them in retirement, had been involved in two of the most exciting and dangerous activities of the mid-20th century.

Paperback review: The Lure of the Honey Bird: The Storytellers of Ethiopia, By Elizabeth Laird Polygon

Working with the Ethiopian government, author Elizabeth Laird travelled the country to seek out rural storytellers and document their art. The Lure of the Honey Bird describes those journeys, which took her from the Simien Mountains to the restive Somalian borderlands and on to the walled city of Harar, former refuge of the poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Immanuel Kant: The philosopher inspired such a debate in Russia that a man was shot several times with rubber bullets

Russian man shot in quarrel over Immanuel Kant’s philosophy

Attacker now faces ten years' incarceration to contemplate the ethics of his actions

Shocking images depict Hindu goddesses as victims of abuse in domestic violence campaign

A hard-hitting campaign depicting Hindu goddesses as victims of domestic violence has been launched by a charity in India.

Office noise: put up or shut up

In my office, bants come thick and fast, but when other departments blare out video clips, I can’t help thinking wistfully of a headphones-only zone.

With a dark, autumnal colour palette and plenty of quirky touches, the Abigail Ahern Debenham's collection launches on 1 September. It includes this schnauzer cushion. £40, and a rather fine hare table lamp, £85, debenhams.com

Dark side of the room

Abigail Ahern’s new range for Debenhams blends quirky animal life with darker tones. It isn’t what you’d call bright and breezy, says Trish Lorenz

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Sri Lanka police apologise for 'traditional' dog wedding

Nine pairs of police dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional weddings in the ceremony

Google’s new YouTube app means you never stop watching

Update allows you to watch videos whilst browsing content

David Fleming believes museums need to move forward

End 'absurd' role for Britain's museums

Director's call to replace 'illogical' tradition with more social duty

On The Road: See a different side of Venice by boarding a kayak

"Some of the older guys don't like the kayaks," said Rene. "They think they turn Venice into a theme park, like Gardaland [on the eastern shore of Lake Garda]. The younger gondoliers are more accepting, though, and will always wave as we pass."

Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks at a dinner for the far right Traditional Britain group

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg gave speech to far-right group Traditional Britain at a dinner

Tory MP addressed group whose Facebook page has called for Doreen Lawrence to be returned to her 'natural homelands' and said Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom is a 'legend' for his 'Bongo Bongo Land' comments

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge

Royal Baby and mobiles lift William Hill

Company revenues for the first half rose 20 per cent to £751.6 million

Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra of Manchester United visits Manley Beach as part of their pre-season tour

Rio Ferdinand targeting FA Cup with Manchester United

The defender has never lifted the trophy

Tom Hodgkinson: The best thing to do after learning new information is to take a nap

Dr Johnson's favourite book was Robert Burton's bestselling 17th-century self-help guide The Anatomy of Melancholy. This exhaustive manual on madness and depression, first published in 1621, was so popular that, it was said, its publisher "got an estate by it". Johnson said it was the only book which would get him out of bed early.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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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
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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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
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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
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The man who hunts giants

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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