Inside the dark world of the gang initiation ceremonies

A youth worker writes

Vandals attack newspaper office entrance

Vandals have attacked the offices of the Bristol Evening Post newspaper, just days after the city was convulsed by rioting.

Magazine admits it did alter picture of Duchess

The fashion magazine Grazia has admitted that it did indeed alter a picture of the former Kate Middleton on her wedding day to make her look slimmer.

Former NOTW man arrested after flying back from America

Police investigating the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World (NOTW) have made their 12th arrest. The paper's former news editor Greg Miskiw, 61, was held after reporting by appointment at a London police station yesterday.

Galvanising intensity or the look of lunacy? Right-wing livid over Michele Bachmann portrait

It seems likely that she will come top of the crucial Republican straw poll in Iowa this Saturday

Letter from the editor: Great Expectations

The BBC is expected to begin filming the opening scenes of its adaptation of Great Expectations today, on the marshlands of Tollesbury, near Maldon (where the salt comes from).

Bill Boddy: The godfather of British motorsports journalism who wrote for 81 years

Bill Boddy, known to his readers simply by his initials WB, was the undisputed godfather of motorsports journalism in the UK and a celebrated author and historian in the field of vintage cars.

Sarah's Key, 111 mins, 12A

Sometimes, two films about meteor strikes or Robin Hood go into production at once, but it's still strange to watch Sarah's Key only two months after The Round Up. Both are concerned with 16 and 17 July 1942, when 13,000 Jews were marched from their homes in Paris by the French police, and some scenes are so similar that they could be swapped from one film to the other without anyone batting an eyelid. But while The Round Up was content to inform us of these events, Sarah's Key uses them as the starting point of a much more ambitious, far-reaching story. At first the film's strength, ultimately it's the opposite.

The 50 best farm shops

From country estates to organic smallholdings, Rhiannon Batten presents the experts' guide to where to find the finest meats and freshest fruit

Baron Wolman's book is a Who's Who of rock'n'roll photography

When the photographer Baron Wolman joined the new Rolling Stone magazine in 1967, he was the only staff photographer. "I wasn't paid. I said I'd shoot for free because they had no money. I didn't know where it would lead to, but in hindsight it worked out well. I had some unforgettable encounters."

The Big Splat: collision may have created lopsided Moon

The Earth may once have had two moons which collided several billions of years ago – not so much with a bang but with a "splat" – to form the lopsided lunar landscape that exists today, scientists said.

Kim Kardashian confirms dress designer

Kim Kardashian has confirmed Vera Wang will design her wedding dress.

The Reading List: Unemployment

New lead in America's only unsolved hijacking

After parachuting into folklore in 1971, the hijacker known only as D B Cooper may finally be identified

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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