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The Apprentice: You Ask The Questions special

So, Claire, if Sir Alan had turned up on one of your Club 18-30 trips, how would you have shown him a good time? Alex, why don't you have a shave and get a haircut? Lee, who's scarier – Nick or Margaret? Helene, did the programme editors portray you fairly? All finalists, who would you hire (with the exception of yourself)?

Contractions, Royal Court, London

It lasts only 45 minutes, but it's a tribute to the nagging intensity of Mike Bartlett's new play that, well before the halfway stage, I was desperate to escape. The Apprentice may be the "job interview from hell"; Contractions dramatises the job review procedure from purgatory. And given the choice, I'd rather face Surallan any day than be subjected to the polite sadism of the nameless female functionary.

Lucinda Ledgerwood: the Apprentice star reveals her fashion secrets

Gloves, scarves, jaunty berets - there hasn't been a dull moment in the Apprentice star's wardrobe. Here, she reveals her fashion secrets, while our expert delivers the verdict on Lucinda's key looks

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Time to get tough: How being nasty can improve your life

Being nice can ruin your life, according to the authors of two new books. Their advice? Stop being so pathetic!

Paperback: The Theory of the Leisure Class, by Thorstein Veblen

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Galloway shows disrespect to his party

George Galloway is to stand on an "Old Labour" ticket for the London Assembly in another attempt to form a new political force after splitting from Respect, the left-wing coalition that he helped to found.

Sarkozy's ex-wife fails to halt book

President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife lost a legal battle yesterday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called him a "womanizer" and other choice epithets.

North Pennines: Poetry in motion

What better way to mark the 100th anniversary of W H Auden's birth this month than to go to the source of the poet's inspiration, his beloved North Pennines? Frank Partridge follows in Wystan's footsteps

Product Placement: Is this a show? Or an ad?

US television is infected by the scourge of product placement. Could it happen here? Richard Gillis reports

There's no Plaza like home

Condomania is taking over Manhattan, and landmark buildings are prime targets

<preform>24-Hour Room Service: Raffles Resort, St Vincent & the Grenadines</preform>

Hurricanes hit the Grenadines on average once every 70 years, so it was with particularly bad timing that Raffles opened its first Caribbean resort on the island of Canouan last August - just weeks before Hurricane Ivan arrived.

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

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Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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