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

Market Report: Regulation worries weigh on Vodafone

Investors were hanging up on Vodafone last night, as analysts urged caution over what the year ahead will bring for the telecommunications giant. Concerns over regulation and an increase in competition led Barclays Capital to reduce its advice on the mobile phone company to "equal weight" from "overweight".

Ink and the Bottle, Cartoon Museum, London

This vintage satire leaves a sharp taste

Album: Pink Martini, Joy to the World (Wrasse)

The winter festival as a pan-global experience of softness, pinkness and fluffy sentiment, with strings, tinkly bells and jazzy guitars everywhere to be wondered at like movie snow.

Christmas gift guide: Genteel men

For the older man of style and substance

Cooler shakers: The return of the cocktail

'Mad Men' made them hip again. But what's next for the cocktail? John Walsh meets the mixologists who are shaking up the way we drink

England's running puts Sheridan on back foot

Like a man who turned up expecting to be centre stage only to be left stuck in the wings Andrew Sheridan found England's sweeping, guns-blazing 35-18 victory over Australia on Saturday as much a shock as a memorable occasion.

Harriet Walker: 'Nothing brings out my alter ego quite like a 'new house party'

The house party. It's the new not-quite-going-out, so you don't have to feel guilty about anything that happens at one. "Look," you can crow to similarly smug attendees, "I'm not flinging money over a bar in a trendy nightspot! I pre-mixed my gin and ginger ale outside in the street."

Lantern Jack: Christopher Fowler's exclusive Halloween story will send chills up the spine

Come one, come all to the Jack O'Lantern, the pub where punters go missing in the most suspicious of circumstances...

24-hour room service: Hotel DeBrett, Auckland

A new take on the good old days

Woman jailed for stealing £1.7 million from employer

A cashier at a firm of solicitors who stole £1.7 million over seven years to finance a luxurious lifestyle for herself and her husband was today jailed for five years.

Drink-driving deaths fall to all-time low

The number of people killed or injured on Britain's roads as a result of drink-driving fell to an all-time low last year, according to Government statistics released today.

Will Hawkes: A beer at half-time? No thanks

English football has become hugely popular around the world. You only have to visit a Premier League football ground to realise what a draw the excitement and atmosphere of our native game is for tourists.

Why Mad Men is top of the props

As Mad Men returns, Guy Adams meets the "property master" whose obsession with period detail, right down to the shape of the ice cubes, makes the show the most stylish on television

The vodka revolution

It was never a drink sipped for its taste and depth of flavour. Until now. Rob Sharp meets a new breed of unlikely craft distillers trying to raise our spirits

Mark Leftly: Huhne's stance on nuclear policy was perfectly clear

The Energy Secretary's U-turn is only a beginning
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen