Keith Allen: From Comic Strip to the Croisette

He made his name as a stand-up, became an infamous party animal– and earned acclaim as a serious actor. Now he's turned movie director, with a controversial documentary about Princess Diana

Hirst and friends in bid to buy Chelsea boatyard

Leading lights from art and commerce including Britain's wealthiest artist, Damien Hirst, are leading a bid to own a historic London boatyard in one of the capital's most salubrious postcodes.

Christopher Hirst: America still can't handle the truth

For those who are old enough, the violent deaths of the two brothers remain momentous markers in our lives

The Portrait, Grand Theatre, Leeds<br/>The Schubert Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London

Musically, Opera North's Weinberg revival is subtle and tautly sung. Visually, though, it tries too hard

Personal view of Warhol to fetch &#163;5m

An Andy Warhol self-portrait from 1967 went on public display yesterday for the first time in 37 years.

Artists reveal the book that has shaped their thinking

If you were to recommend the one book to a friend that has shaped your thinking what would it be? That's the question that the Other Criteria shop in west London posed to eight artists.

Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy, London

Moore and Hepworth aside, our Modernists persistently failed to hit the target

Modern British Sculpture - picture preview

The Royal Academy's latest blockbuster exhibition, Modern British Sculpture, features cutting edge works by Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst and Barbara Hepworth. To give you a taste of what to expect from the show, which opens to the public on Saturday, we've brought you a picture preview.

Christopher Hirst: It takes a star to pull off a white suit

White clothing becomes a different colour shortly after you've put it on. In the grime of London, this period is less than 10 minutes

Dylan Jones: 'Damien Hirst&rsquo;s enormous workshop makes Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons look like amateurs'

Now, I don't tend to do guided tours. Don't like the idea of having my hand held while I move from exhibit to exhibit, room to room. Once, 18 years ago, I wangled a trip to New York just so I could see the Matisse exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and I remember being shocked at the lines of visitors, glacially moving from exhibition space to exhibition space, dutifully listening to the catalogue headsets, and nodding earnestly, almost as one.

Hirst creates mini diamond skull

Damien Hirst has created a controversial new version of his £50m diamond-encrusted skull.

Mat Collishaw: An artist in full flight

With shows at the V&amp;A and his new gallery, one-time YBA Mat Collishaw has finally come of age

Back out of the vault: secret life of the skull

Hirst's &#163;50m creation is on display again. But where for the love of God has it been hiding?

Blaze of glory: Building a bonfire is one of autumn's great joys

It's also a useful way to prepare the garden for winter
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...