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

Tom Sutcliffe: Why I'll never be one of the hoard

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Madoff wine sale to raise funds for victims

His monogrammed underpants have already been put on the market, and now it's the turn of Bernard Madoff's extensive wine cellar.

St Giles: The psychogeography of London's Rookery

An exhibition of new works and artefacts charting the history of the notorious St Giles slum opens tomorrow

Readers' digest: How to recreate the great literary dishes

Whose mouth doesn't water while reading about Proust's madeleines, or Ratty's picnic in The Wind in the Willows? Stop daydreaming, says Christopher Hirst – it's easy to recreate the great literary dishes

The Bargain Hunter: Grab yourself a gazebo

It's May, the sun's out and summer is well and truly on the way. Make sure you're prepared for the warmer weather by stocking up on outdoor furniture. Gardeners World is offering a host of discounts across their range. Get yourself a gazebo – was £199, now £99. Or how about a pine bench, down from £155 to £79? All are available at

Gilbert and George – and the night they drank the Tate dry

The artists Gilbert and George spent nearly a tenth of the Tate Gallery's annual entertainment budget during a single boozy 1970s lunch with curators, archive material shows. The curators' excuse? It was research.

All things bright and edible: Fancy some black garlic, blue potatoes or red cake?

Meg Carter explores the power of culinary colour

Make a splash: Mark Hix shows how a little drop of alcohol can really enhance your cooking

Alcohol plays an integral part in many great dishes and it has all sorts of uses which go far beyond the notion of just slopping a bit of leftover corked vino into your cooking. Whether it be cognac, cider brandy or beer, the careful addition of a little drop of booze can really enhance the flavours of a dish.

Duck braised in sloe gin with rhubarb

Serves 4

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Lovers of TV's Mad Men will feel very much at home amid the styling and fashions of this excellent Northern Stage and Sheffield Theatres co-production of Edward Albee's early 1960s American-dream-about-to-turn-sour classic.

Mark Evans: 'Is it healthy for rugby to rely on a handful of rich men?'

As Quins' outspoken chief executive Mark Evans steps down, he tells Chris Hewett that a money-dominated Premiership will bring ruin

Stay the night: The feathers, Woodstock

The Feathers trades on history, but its refurbished style will suit modern tastes, says Adrian Mourby

In a glass of our own: Britain's troubled relationship with alcohol

Sober January might be a recent invention, but binge drinking isn't.

The ten best vodkas

Whether you’re fixing yourself a classic Martini, creating an extravagant cocktail or simply serving over ice, we’ve got the top tipples – shaken, not stirred.

Matthew Bell: Why can't Le Freak be chic in Blighty?

Don't wait til you're 70 to get into the groove
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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

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
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
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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In full bloom

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From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific