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

He could have been a contender

Few stars had a bigger, better more starry start than Sylvester Stallone. `Rocky' catapulted him to fame and millions. But, argues Nick Hasted, the man is a failure.

I work for: Anita Roddick

Karen Bishop is PA to the founder of the Body Shop.

Theatre Review: At the court of the once and future king

Snoo Wilson's 'HRH' catches up with Edward and Mrs Simpson in the Bahamas in the 1940s. A two-hander for Corin Redgrave and Amanda Donohoe, it takes up the tale where 'Always', the musical, all too suddenly left off.

Music: Pop - Ringmaster General

He's the Dolly Parton of hip hop, a tough talking Jamaican giant in crushed velvet. Emma Forrest admires the glamour that adorns the talent of the hugely cool Busta Rhymes.

Sweetness in Seattle

Since the death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's former bass player Krist Novoselic has bided his time. Now he's back in the spotlight, with the post-grunge, latin-tinged, genre-hopping Sweet 75. Who said the party was over in Seattle? By James McNair

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? NO 11: EVA HERZIGOVA

Main Claim: 20ft bosoms. The moderately successful model hit it big with her series of Wonderbra ads. Her infamous Hello, Boys! hoardings had infantile motorists slamming on their brakes. Eva, 23, has the best- known cleavage since Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Windsor, Dolly Parton, Anna Nicole Smith etc, etc, ad infinitum.

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Dolly Parton and the bishop: words fail me

A good vocabulary is the secret of better communication. How often do we know exactly what we want to describe, but cannot think of the right word? How often are we left floundering while the conversation moves on?

A certain resolve

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Catching the ceilidh fever

ROCK HOLIDAYS Tuesday night is ceilidh night. So was Monday. And Wednesday... Marion Hume dances until dawn in the Hebrides

The Wild vest

Six of the best cowboy shirts; Think Marlboro Man. Not Cindy Crawford. And stay away from tassels

Frankness goes to Dollywood : BOOKS : SHOWBIZ : BOOK REVIEW

DOLLY: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton, HarperCollins £16.99

Roadies band together but wild image remains

Rock road crews have some growing up to do, writes Marianne Macdonald

You want a successful comedy video, you need an 18 certificate: Mark Wa reham's guide to the top 5 filth merchants

Chubby Brown Jingle Bx@!cks Appearance: Patchwork tails, flying helmet Material: His big member, masturbation, the wife Songs: "Dolly Parton's tits"

CENTREFOLD / What's my Cline?: Another blast from the past

Ute Lemper has been so successful singing Kurt Weill songs that she has all but eclipsed their original interpreter, Lotte Lenya. At the other end of the scale, there are dozens of Elvis and Marilyn impersonators touring the country who will remain forever in the shadow of their respective hero/heroine. The critics' greatest praise for Elaine Paige in the role of Edith Piaf was 'Paige is Piaf', and for an actress, that's a compliment. But singer Sandy Kelly, who is taking on the role of Patsy Cline in the musical of her life (right), wants to keep her distance.
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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

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'