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The Sketch: Another reason to veto the mansion tax - it'll squeeze the champagne socialists

Yesterday David Cameron and Ed Miliband met to try and reach a deal on the Leveson report. You have to wonder about the timing, given that they had been hurling virulent abuse at each other moments earlier at PM’s questions.

The 5 Polish phrases every Briton needs

The latest figures from the 2011 census reveal Polish has overtaken Punjabi as England's second language. 546,000 citizens now cite Polish as their native tongue, a rise which can be attributed to the influx of Polish immigrants following the expansion of the EU in 2004. (If this seems a small number, it should be noted many second generation immigrants speak Polish, Punjabi or another language as a second language after English.)

As well as an interesting insight into modern Britain, it seems a perfect opportunity to brush up on our Polish. So here are some phrases you might like to try out during your next trip to the local Polski Sklep...

UPDATE: We thought we could get away with using Google Translate. We were wrong. Lots of very kind (and clever) Polish-speaking readers of Independent Voices wrote in to provide us with superior translations which have now been included below. Dziękuję!

All change: Lia Williams as Kate and Kristin Scott Thomas as Anna in 'Old Times', and after switching roles

Role-swapping: just a gimmick or an extra dimension to the drama?

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams are alternating parts in Pinter's Old Times revival. It's a tradition that has led to both rows and awards

Prince Harry has used his time in Afghanistan to attempt to cultivate a different image

Harry's game: the prince and the PR mission

Forget Las Vegas: The third in line to the throne used his Afghan tour to cultivate a very different image. Emily Dugan reports on a royal rebrand

Anthony Hilton: Politics and City are an end in themselves, which means nothing gets done

It is an odd fact of UK life that we are home to the biggest and most sophisticated international financial centre in the world, but it seems unable to meet the demand from the British public for home loans at prices they can afford, and it is equally bad at providing loans for small businesses. It is notoriously reluctant to finance the start-ups and early-stage ventures on which our future prosperity depends, and on the other side of the balance sheet it is totally unable to deliver a reasonable return to savers, either on an individual level or via pension schemes.

Representatives of both Priscilla Presley and television presenter Toby Anstis were forced to deny that the two were loving each other, tenderly or otherwise

Relationships: Oh those suspicious minds

There was sad news for lovers of both Otis the Aardvark and, er, Hound Dogs when representatives of both Priscilla Presley (widow of one Elvis) and television presenter Toby Anstis were forced to deny that the two were loving each other, tenderly or otherwise.

A Thornton Wilder Christmas, King's Head Theatre, London

There's a famous scene in Citizen Kane where Orson Welles chronicles the disintegration of a sixteen year marriage in two minutes of screen time through a montage of increasingly chilly breakfast confrontations.

The Weekend's Viewing: A Downton substitute and The Killing returns to its roots at the death

The Making of a Lady, Sun, ITV1 // The Killing III, Sat, BBC4

I'm A Celebrity: Cockroaches and maggot in 'bug burial' bush tucker trial thwarts controversial MP Nadine Dorries

Controversial Tory MP Nadine Dorries and actress Helen Flanagan failed to win food for their team after freaking out during a bug challenge in tonight's I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Helen Fielding's wildly successful books started life as a column

Below is an extract from 1997 in The Independent:

Fjord focus this winter

Matt Carroll heads to a little-known Norwegian wonderland for perfect powder on the pistes

The Ten Bells pub in London's Spitalfields

On The Menu: Gin; Leon; Excellia Tequila; Boursin; Tsuru's chilli oil

This week I've been drinking... gin with my dinner

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

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