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The comic's aggressive style does not match his true self, finds Gerard Gilbert

Bob Levenson: Advertising director who helped inspire the series 'Madmen'

Bob Levenson was considered by his peers as one of the best ever advertising copywriters, if not the best, one of the original "Mad Men" who launched the creative revolution on Manhattan's Madison Avenue in the 1960s and tossed conventional ideas out of the window. During more than a quarter of a century at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) – said to have been the model for the Mad Men TV series – Levenson created many of the ads which changed the face of advertising, in the cinema and in the rocketing new phenomenon that was commercial television. He won every award in the business, several times over, was elected in 1972 to the Copywriters' Hall of Fame (now known as the Creative Hall of Fame) and was often described as "the writer's writer".

Gin maker Beefeater opens its doors

The only major brand of gin still made in London is planning a "Home of Gin" centre to attract tourists and locals to its base in Kennington.

A centre of attention for historic Beefeater brand

The only major brand of gin still made in the capital is planning a “Home of Gin” centre to attract tourists  and Londoners to its base  in Kennington.

Guinness Black Lager was launched in the US in August 2011 and in Ireland last year but sales have been “disappointing”

Diageo's Guinness lager falls flat

Sales of new black beer disappoint in Ireland and US

Alcohol: Who do they drink they are?

What does a tipple say about its drinker? People are often guilty of making assumptions about people based on their beverage of choice, but what about the prosecutors of two men in Cameroon who have served a year in prison for homosexuality because their "guilt" was "proved" by the fact that they were drinking Baileys in a bar? At least my prejudices about drinks, listed below, aren't homophobic or likely to land anyone in prison.

Vomiting, fights, blood, tears...The hell of working Black Friday

Some top tips if you want to have a good night and get served

Natalie Haynes: Stores need to help us with maths

I've never liked multi-buy offers in the supermarket. I'm not against 3-for-2 in principle, you understand. I like it in Boots, on vitamins and shampoo, and I used it yesterday when I bought three rolls of wrapping paper in a futile bid to convince myself that I am remotely planning for Christmas.

Supermarket multi-buy offers can BOGOF. Who goes shopping to practise their mental arithmetic?

A Which? survey has discovered that the price of one in 10 products go up when they’re in a multi-buy deal. Just who are supermarkets trying to kid?

Guys! Women don't have a monopoly on work-life balance, you know

A few months ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a cover story for the Atlantic - "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" - that caused a major rumpus. Mostly, it seemed at the time, because she stated the obvious in an elegant way. Now she has returned to the issue for the Atlantic - sort of. This time she's looking at men. But mostly she's soliciting views on whether men feel they are afflicted by the same struggles.

Tom Sutcliffe: From William Hogarth to Martin Amis, it's hard to resist an amoral monster

My question this week: which did Hogarth enjoy drawing more – Gin Lane or Beer Street? Or to put it a different way, which panel do you think he drew first?

Martin Hickman: The price will stay the same - and the wine get worse

In backing a minimum price, David Cameron is over-ruling his Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, who believes individual willpower and the tobacco, alcohol and junk food giants will voluntarily improve our health.

David Walliams plays the PM in the BBC adaptation of his own book, Mr Stinky

DJ Taylor: To clean a house, you start at the top

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's travails show we no longer apply different moral standards to those with power

The great Christmas Eve quiz

The presents are under the tree, which means that it's time to try your hand at Simon O'Hagan's fiendish brainteaser. If you dare...

Christmas gift guide: A taste of things to come

Gastronomes will struggle to keep their mouths from watering at the possibilities of these delectable treats

Fabulous Christmas gift ideas: Drink me

Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…

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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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