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Imagine's film about Vivian Maier, a French nanny who turned herself into a remarkable photographer, began with the tabloid headline reduction of her life: "Mary Poppins with a camera". If you already knew her story, I imagine that might have made you wince a little. If you didn't know her story, it was a mark of how good Jill Nicholls's film was that you winced in retrospect, when the Mary Poppins tag came round again. By then you understood how far short that simplification fell of Maier's captivating and thought-provoking tale, full of sad ironies and fruitful paradoxes.

Profile Clive Jones: An eye for the bigger picture

Carlton's chief believes in diversity of channels and viewers, writes Hilary Clarke

Review: First Call, Last Call

First Call

My Worst Car: Lesley Walters' Mini - Me and my Mini

I REMEMBER my worst car quite fondly. It was a bright orange Mini which cost pounds 200 and was held together with wire and clothes pegs. You might wonder how the pegs were used; well, that was to keep the choke out. It would not run without it. In all, I had six in a neat, colourful row.

Right of Reply: Martin George

British Airways' marketing director responds to Egon Ronay's criticisms of their food

Muriel sparks: In Glasgow, Tracey MacLeod is wary of being seduced by Nairns

'So this is how he keeps his prices down!' I crowed at Muriel, waving one of the child-size portions under her nose Photographs by Steve Messam

Family Affairs: Diary of a divorce


Food & Drink: Essay - Food and the British

Michael Ratcliffe explores the nature of our passion

Sport on TV: Strangled gurgles and too much silver lining

Tom Watts, get out of town. There's a new voice on the blocks. Well, not so new. Seventy-one years old, in fact.


THE EYE PROFILE : VANESSA FELTZ talks with James Rampton

'After three, groove on down to the booth'

The Referendum Party is planning to rock the vote with its single "Let the People Decide", sub-titled "The Rabble Army Song". It will be released in the run-up to the General Election in a bid to get youngsters boogying on down to the booths. Its creator was George Hargreaves, the man whose hit "So Macho" took Sinitta to number two in the charts in 1986.

Quiz reveals everything that you didn't want to know about Channel 5

Welcome to the age of the Mezzobrow.


Publishing cookbooks used to be a genteel business, with erudite heroines such as Elizabeth David. No longer. Following Delia Smith's spectacula r successes last year, everyone wants a slice of the action. Emily Green watches the gold-rush

It's pop cuisine: the new way to a lad's heart

What has 35 TV shows a week, dozens of brash magazines and now a whole channel to itself? The answer is food. Vanessa Thorpe investigates

fringe round-up: Poems to Read to Your Parents

It was when the woman in the multi-coloured waistcoat started dancing to Neil Diamond's "Mr Bojangles", strummed with severe melancholy by a grey-haired man in white shorts, that the flashbacks started. Pebble Mill at One, mid-Seventies. That childhood incomprehension, barely articulated at the time, at so much desultory and unfulfilled adult behaviour. John Dowie (tracksuit bottoms, Larry Grayson specs "as skinny as a man can be") had prepared the way for this tot-recall with a series of short poems that sounded funny on the outside, but were, more often than not, sombre reflections on mortality (lines on dead cats and ageing men). "If you can't depress them when they're six, then what's the point of being in Edinburgh?" he inquired, to much parental approval.
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Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Beating obesity

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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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