It must be incalculably bizarre to have two such men as possible fathers

Frank Sinatra: It didn't mean a thing unless Ol' Blue Eyes made it swing

Once criticised for singing songs as if he believed them, that was precisely what made him the best.

Meet the new bossa

After years lounging in the middle of the musical road, Marcos Valle is riding the bossa nova to a cool renaissance on its 40th birthday. Phil Johnson talks to the master

A heart-warming story from the golden age of irritating interruptions

I BRING YOU a story today which is very modern in its flavour but very traditional in its lessons, a story which is bang up to date yet timeless, a story which is for now yet for all time, post-modernist yet old-fashioned...

Society: Diana song No 1 for funerals

It was inevitable - just as Diana's name rose in popularity after her death so the song "Candle in the Wind" sung by Elton John at her funeral has become the number one tune at funerals.

Obituary: Tommy Tedesco

Tommy Tedesco, guitarist: born Niagara Falls, New York 1930; married (three sons, one daughter); died Northridge, California 10 November 1997.

Take it from me, never trust a jury without shirt and tie

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Win Classic MGM Musicals

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Winnie Mandela: The Mother of the Nation or a murderous bully?

For decades, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the defiant public face of South Africa's liberation movement. But a hearing today into alleged gross human rights abuses will present a very different picture, Mary Braid reports.

Rugby Union: The perils of peaking too early

Jonathan Davies is worried by the professionals who will soon be fit to drop

Farewell symphonies - by popular demand One last time - with feeling When parting is such sweet sorrow Pack 'em in with a Farewell Concert

There's been good news for the arts over the past couple of weeks. Contrary to the doom-mongers' bleak predictions that the end of live classical music is nigh, we've been packing 'em in. Well, two of our arts organisations have, anyway: not a seat in the house, queues at the box-office begging for last-minute returns. The Royal Opera House had to put up the barricades for its special gala last week while, only the day before, we in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra had gazed from the platform in amazement at the full turn-out for a Sunday concert.

Education: PASSED/FAILED: Max Clifford

Max Clifford, 53, is a purveyor of PR to the famous and infamous, from Frank Sinatra to Antonia de Sancha. The latest story he has broken concerns the Tory MP Jerry Hayes and his alleged lover Paul Stone. Further - damaging - revelations are expected shortly.

Why it's not the economy, stupid

People don't vote on how rich they feel today, but on how they hope to feel tomorrow, argues Philip Cowley

Yesterday was a ...

Frustrating Day for Israeli soldiers, after their request to have corn flakes for breakfast was accepted, and the cereal was added to morning menus, but many small military bases were unable to serve fresh milk with it because they do not have the facilities to store milk away from meat, as prescribed by Jewish dietary laws.

At last: a critic who really makes a mark; TELEVISION

"Thats all very well," said my partner last Sunday, putting aside my efforts at TV criticism with an air of slight exasperation, "but what readers want to know is whether a programme is any good or not." "That,"

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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It's oh so quiet!

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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine