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Album: The Puppini Sisters, Hollywood (Verve)

Sadly, The Puppini Sisters have abandoned the more modern repertoire - '40s-style versions of pop hits like "Wuthering Heights" and "I Will Survive" - that gave them their original quirky appeal.

Dreams of Life (12A)

Starring: Zawe Ashton, Jonathan Harden

Dreams of Life (12A)

Starring: Zawe Ashton, Jonathan Harden

DVD: The Inbetweeners Movie (15)

Turning a popular British sitcom into a feature film was all the rage in the Seventies, with various levels of success: On the Buses (dismal), Are You Being Served? (painful), Bless This House (quite sweet).

DVD: The Inbetweeners Movie (15)

Turning a popular British sitcom into a feature film was all the rage in the Seventies, with various levels of success: On the Buses (dismal), Are You Being Served? (painful), Bless This House (quite sweet).

Knowing me, knowing you: Saam Farahmand and Pegah Farahmand

A relationship under the microscope

Moira Starkey of Storridge, Herefordshire, has become one of the first people to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch for London 2012

Outside Edge: Is that a rocket in your pocket?

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Page-turners: If it's not death, it's Life, in this year's best commercial reads

Books Of The Year: This year's crop of top-selling fiction stars heroes, villains – and even bankers – in stories that will have you reading until the fire burns down

Woman' faked rape to induce husband to move'

A California state prison psychologist has been charged with faking her own rape in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade her husband to move to a safer neighbourhood, according to local police.

Man questioned over widow's death

A man arrested in connection with the death of a widow, whose handbag containing her husband's ashes was stolen by muggers, is still in police custody.

Sex and the City: like guppies, below, different types of women band together

Sex and the guppy: females flock together to cope with over-lusty males

If a man without a woman is like a fish without a bicycle, as the feminist slogan has it, can the behaviour of our aquatic ancestors teach us anything about human relations?

Julian Barnes: A slimline tonic

Literary Fiction: Schoolboys, conjurors, cannibals and cows

Christmas books of the year: All human life – and death – is here: there are quirky debuts; short, sharp jabs; and the odd knock-out from a big-hitter

Atwell says: 'I pulled out of a trip to Ayia Napa - I don't like clubbing or going to places where everyone is English'

My Life In Travel: Hayley Atwell, actress

'Documenting a trip makes it much richer'

Olivia Buxton: People said he looked like Ben Stiller in Dodgeball

Before Movember my husband, Nick, never had facial hair – he only ever had a few days' shadow. We had our doubts that he'd be able to pull it off. He couldn't grow it that much – for a long time it didn't look like he had one. It was only in the last few days that it started looking like a moustache. But when it was done I thought it was quite becoming, though I'm not really a fan of facial hair.

Passions and indiscretions: Claretta Petacci

Il Duce And His Women, By Roberto Olla, trans. Stephen Parkin

Il Duce And His Women is another biography of one of the most controversial figures in European history: Benito Mussolini. The facts of his life are familiar: from his humble origins (his father was a blacksmith) to his brief socialist phase, then the founding of the Fascist Party with which he created a coalition government and became Italy's prime minister in 1922. Mussolini then appointed himself dictator – calling himself Il Duce, "The Leader". He and Claretta Petacci – his companion of the time – were shot on 28 April 1945 by the Italian Resistance after leading Italy to a disastrous defeat. Their bodies were hung upside down on Piazzale Loreto in Milan.

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