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It’s odd how many collaborative teams wrote sparkling comedy together but not drama; John Wells teamed with John Bird for a series of inspired political duologues called “The Long Johns”, which managed to predict the seriousness of the banking crisis, while John Fortune and John Wells found common ground to produce a now-forgotten surreal comic masterpiece.

The other Clive

INTERVIEW: CLIVE JAMES

Golf: Montgomerie fires a 66 to finish third

COLIN MONTGOMERIE hit a closing 66 to finish third in the Honda Classic as American Mark Calcavecchia held on to his overnight lead to win by three shots from Fiji's Vijay Singh at Coral Springs in Florida.

`Threaten me or my family and I'll belt you' - Prescott

JOHN PRESCOTT moved to kill more smears against himself and his son, Jonathan, by warning that he would "take a belt" at anyone who threatened his family, writes Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent.

Christmas Day killer trapped by DNA test

A student who murdered a teenage girl as she walked home from a Christmas Eve discotheque two years ago was jailed for life yesterday.

Television review

LAST NIGHT

Taking trips down memory lane

Jasper Rees the week on television

THE EYE PROFILE: THE TOUCH OF FROST

DAVID FROST talks with James Rampton

Insults continue to fly over television debate

Labour and the Conservatives continued to trade insults yesterday over the collapse of negotiations on a head-to-head television debate between the party leaders.

Golf: Frost cool in the darkness

David Frost defied fading light to open up a three-shot lead in the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship last night after lightning disrupted a tournament in South Africa for the third successive weekend.

Golf: Price back in groove

Nick Price, the former world No 1, recorded his first tournament victory since December 1995 in the Data Dimension Pro-Am in Sun City yesterday.

Smiles and tears:

John Major (above, right) enjoying a joke yesterday before being interviewed by David Frost on Breakfast with Frost. Asked about his plans for the new year, the Prime Minister replied: "To remain cool, calm and elected."

Montgomerie ridicules rules

Golf

Lyle's Masters invitation for Spain revoked

Sandy Lyle, 128th in this year's European money list, has had an invitation to this week's Volvo Masters in Spain taken away after a meeting of the Tour's tournament committee.

Is Henry Kissinger your dream date?

PETER YORK ON ADS; No 150: THE ECONOMIST

Jasper Rees on Television

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard that Mary Millington was dead? Thought not. But do you remember who she was when she was alive? She was the muse of David Sullivan, the country's pornographer-in-chief, who somehow achieved a newsworthiness out of all proportion to anything she had on offer. She was "ideal for glamour", as one photographer told her, tongue dangling somewhere in front of his solar plexus. In the diplomatic argot of the sex industry, that meant she was a midget with a rear the size of a Space Hopper: built not for clothes-horse work but for other branches of equestrianism.
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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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
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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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