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

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The ten best beers

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Mixed fortunes for British curlers

Great Britain's curlers endured a disappointing day as the men were forced into a make or break play-off and the women bowed out with a fifth straight defeat.

Globe stages first play written by a woman

Four hundred years after death of Shakespeare, feminism makes an entrance

Liz Hoggard: Quit hankering after the One Big Love

When it comes to relationships, life doesn't always work out as planned

Meet the real Mad Man

The central character in the award-winning show shares more than a name with Sixties ad man Draper Daniels

Album: Pink Martini, Splendor in the Grass (Naive)

Describing themselves as "musical ambassadors", this American group spread their net wide, and here they've absorbed a huge variety of styles, spanning jazz, classical, and musics of many different nationalities.

Cocktail: Fireside Flip

A rich, warming spiced cocktail perfectly suited to the colder months, and with flavours reminiscent of the festive period, it is an ideal addition to New Year's Eve gatherings.

Cocktail: Punch

Punches traditionally contain alcohol, spice, citrus, water or tea and sugar. As a rule of thumb refer to an old rhyme that says "one sour, two sweet, three strong and four weak."

Cocktail recipes for New Year's Eve

To ensure your evening goes with a bang, The Independent asked three of Britain's top cocktail barmen to invent celebratory drinks. Shake, serve – and delight in the praise.

'Tis the season to be sober: The best soft options for an alcohol-free Christmas

Any night out, particularly at this time of year, is a potential minefield for the non-drinker, whether you're driving, pregnant, in recovery, as I am, or simply teetotal. At first, the choice of non-alcoholic beverages appears to be very large. Supermarket shelves look like sources of unfathomable bounty, and some pubs emphasise their tolerance of the sober to the point of actually displaying herbal tea on the bar. But, as so often in our society, choice is to some extent an illusion.

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

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Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

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As provocative now as they ever were

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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