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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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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin