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Writer and philosopher whose work, beginning with ‘The Outsider’, searched for the meaning of man’s existence

C-Mone: Britain's hottest female MC

C-Mone rapped on A Grand Don't Come for Free. Success followed, but she hasn't given up her day job as a youth worker, she tells Alexia Loundras

Energy groups seek green light to pump carbon under the sea

Standing on the roof of Scottish and Southern Energy's power station just outside Peterhead, on the Scottish coast, it's hard to imagine this could become the launch pad of an environmental revolution.

2006: From Beckett to Betjeman - a bumper crop of anniversaries

Ian Irvine surveys the year's anniversaries: births, deaths and a play that changed theatre for ever

Guy Keleny: Let me spell it out - our language is chaotic

If you care about the language as a medium of poetry, you should cherish its absurdities

Tynan, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

He'd been the dandy king of Oxford.

Man and Superman, Theatre Royal, Bath

Even in George Bernard Shaw's day, his epic drama Man and Superman was one hell of a challenge.

Candida, Playhouse, Oxford

Christopher Luscombe's engaging, handsomely designed production celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first staging of Candida, the play that George Bernard Shaw offered as "a counterblast to Ibsen's Doll's House, showing that in the real typical doll's house it is the man who is the doll".

Beware men with sheds

It comes as no surprise that Hemingway wrote in a wooden cabin or that Roald Dahl, Dylan Thomas and Shaw were shed enthusiasts

Shaw's love for real-life Eliza Doolittle

Letters and documents reveal how much the author of Pygmalion doted on the actress Mrs Patrick Campbell, and how he secretly paid for her funeral

Books: Time, ladies and gentlemen, please

Is that Mrs Woolf, in a room of her own? And Monsieur Camus, outside? Felix Bennett invites you to the last literary party of the century

Theatre: Simply cinematic

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Education: No longer a family affair

Howard Salisbury is the son of two dedicated headteachers, but there's no way he will be following them into the profession - not with the long hours, the underfunded facilities and the lack of respect
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links