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James’s ghost stories are almost like Hammer horror films in their status and predictability: we know too much now of the genre to be surprised by what happens in any of them, but that doesn’t lessen the pleasure of reading them.

Indyplus videos: Jack Johnson's hits

Folk-rock favourite Jack Johnson has a new album out but he’d still rather be surfing than in the studio.

Watch some of his most popular tracks in the music videos below:

Celebrity MasterChef winner Ade Edmondson

Celebrity MasterChef 2013: Which finalist has been crowned the winner after serving up a 'mindblowing' menu?

Spoiler alert: The Young Ones and Bottom actor Ade Edmondson has been crowned the winner of Celebrity MasterChef after serving up a "mindblowing" menu.

My life in food: Matt Gillan, Head chef, The Pass

'I love Nando's. Is that bad? It's so far away from what I do'

Greggs launches their own version of a 'cronut', the Greggsnut

Bakers say the launch is 'the most exciting thing since the birth of the sausage roll'

James Lawton: John Aldridge still shows the courage of his convictions

Many years ago John Aldridge, a Liverpool striker of formidable application, delivered a stunning riposte when it was suggested that he was wrong to question the value of playing football in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Keri Moss: 'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

My life in food: Keri Moss, chef

'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

Time Of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Theatre review: Time of My Life, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

When Alan Ayckbourn’s 45th play transferred to the West End in 1993, the critics were a little underwhelmed and disappointed. It had done well in Scarborough but for some reason it failed to excite the passions of the metropolitan taste police.

Waitrose feasts on Eurovision boost

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

Postcard from... Berlin

Pop your colour: neon on the spring/summer catwalks courtesy of Simone Rocha for women

The brights on spring

There’s colour on the horizon for men and women this  season and fluorescent highlights are an easy way to bring a ray of sunshine to spring wardrobes

So what is an affenpinscher?

We've learnt a new word. Affenpinscher. Sounds great, right? It’s also nice to say, with a satisfying mouthfeel. But what on earth is it?

Grace Dent on TV: Ripper Street, BBC1

Sperm deposits, wombs in ribbons and ripped-out Fallopian tubes... Who enjoys this?

Premier extends licence for Cadbury cakes

Premier Foods yesterday extended its licence with Cadbury to continue making cakes under the chocolate company's brand through to 2017.

Ice cream pottery? The beguiling world of Charlie Harry Francis

Interview with an ice cream entrepreneur

Two cakes Cameron: the birthday boy and his favourite Caterpillar

Food: David Cameron's love affair with Colin (the caterpillar)

Taking to his new Twitter account, this week David Cameron uploaded a picture from the Tory party conference. "Thanks to my team for squeezing in a quick birthday celebration on this v hectic day," he wrote, alongside a photo of him behind two chocolate logs with candles.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links