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The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

Dolly Parton, Cliff and the new online travel site

Simon Evans talks to Moneysupermarket's founder about his new venture

Seen but not heard: Are plugged-in employees more productive?

It's the norm for workers in dotcom companies to wear headphones at their desks – and the trend is spreading. So are plugged-in employees more productive? Tim Walker listens in

Question Time: Ian Camfield, radio presenter

Work: Presents 'The No Nonsense Breakfast Show With Ian Camfield' on Xfm London 104.9 FM, weekdays from 7am-11am

Life: Aged 31, he lives in Belsize Park, north London

Balance: Going to gigs (Spinal Tap, Steely Dan and Blur in the past week). I’m trying to develop a “gym hobby”

Hank Locklin: Country singer and guitarist

Most country stars who have found wider acceptance have had to compromise in some way, but Hank Locklin remained true to his roots, singing heart-wrenching country ballads in a high-pitched nasal tenor. His international success, "Please Help Me, I'm Falling", recorded when he was 42 years old, divided listeners with as many fans as detractors. "Some people might not like me," he would joke, "but if they listen to me long enough, I'll get to them."

Dolly Parton: Feminist heroine

Singer, businesswoman, philanthropist – and now Broadway impresario. It's time to claim the country star as a feminist icon, argues Joan Smith

One-Click Wonder: The Odd Couples

According to reports from last week’s Grammy Awards, Paris Hilton has begged Sir Paul McCartney to record a song with her. As you ponder that tantalising, if unlikely, prospect, here are some other duets forged in musical hell...

A life brought into focus: A new gallery celebrates the life of photographer Bob Carlos Clarke

Socialite Tamara Beckwith used to beg Bob Carlos Clarke to take photos at her parties. Now she’s setting up a gallery in his memory.

You write the reviews: Katherine Jenkins + Blake, Thetford Forest, Suffolk

It's no wonder that this concert sold out so quickly. Katherine Jenkins isn't a second-rate "pop" singer who relies solely on aggressive marketing for her fame – she has everything and deserves every bit of her tremendous popularity.

Album: Emmylou Harris, All I Intended to Be (Nonesuch)

Emmylou's Daniel Lanois period is over. She's back in Nashville with Brian Ahern on the other side of the thickened glass, which means that an elegantly chiming country-rock sound replaces the arty false perspectives and cultivated grit of the Lanois vibe.

Album: Dolly Parton, Backwoods Barbie (Dolly/Universal)

The first album on her own label has apparently secured Dolly Parton her first Top 20 placing since 1993 – and no wonder, given its combination of technical accomplishment and sheer likeability.

My Style: Russella

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, The Freebutt, Brighton

Lean machine too cool for drama school

Cultural Life: Maxine Peake, actress

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The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?