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Roisin Murphy: Meet the poster girl of cutting-edge chic

When I meet the singer Roisin Murphy at a café after the House of Holland show at London Fashion Week, it's hard not to feel as comparatively uncool and drably dressed as a policeman at the Notting Hill carnival. She is wearing a pink and grey shard-patterned sweatshirt by Vivienne Westwood, and huge vintage Courrèges sunglasses, although this is actually quite a subtle look by her striking standards.

Mighty Boosh: Mightier by the minute

As they embark on a tour taking in the O2 Arena, the surrealist Mighty Boosh comic duo tell James Rampton how it feels to graduate from cult to big time

Deadhead who took top intelligence job



Alex Allan was appointed head of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) last November.

Last Night's TV: Jews, BBC4<br />Tribal Wives, BBC2

At first glance, Samuel Leibowitz seems like a strange choice to begin a series about the lives of modern British Jews. It's not as if his experience is typical. He's Hasidic (big black hats, big black coats, Volvo estates to carry all the children), which places him in a small minority, but he's also a convicted drug-smuggler, which makes him a minority within the minority – a minority of one, in fact. Jonathan Goldberg, his lawyer, said that, in all the dozens of drugs cases he'd been involved in, he'd never had an orthodox Jewish client before. Then again, if you're wanting to talk about the tension between tradition and modernity, about the strains of living in a community based on rigid adherence to rules – well, who better could you ask for?

Rise and shine: Jamie Lidell's regeneration

Jamie Lidell's 2005 soul debut album did not get the attention it deserved, despite a revival of the genre. But his latest release has been hailed by RIck Rubin and could at last make him a star

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The tall guy: Jeff Goldblum gets personal

He flew in The Fly, chased dinosaurs across Jurassic Park and saved the world in Independence Day. Now, Jeff Goldblum is wowing London's theatreland. But enough about me, he tells Esther Walker, let's talk about you

A Christmas visitor, by Matt Thorne

For weeks we've been exhorting you to spend, spend, spend, but now that the presents have (with any luck) been bought and the preparations are complete, it's time to ponder the deeper meaning of Christmas. We asked our favourite writers to rant, reflect or reminisce on a festive theme. As Ronald Hutton explains, the last thing you should feel at this time of year is guilty, so sit down with a mince pie and enjoy

The Hacker: I hope Santa will get me into the swing of things on the big day

Christmas morning is the one time of the year you would expect the nation's golf courses to be deserted and so they would be if it wasn't for thousands of hackers trying out their Christmas presents.

Ready To Wear: Sophisticated style

Just when it appeared that fashion had given up on the concept of ladylike dress - something of a retrograde step some might reasonably argue - Marc Jacobs sends out the most well-manicured procession of looks in recent history. The man who famously gave the world designer grunge way back when - not to mention an army of cute Downtown New Yorkers in identikit Peter Pan collars - has decreed that this autumn our aesthetic will be long, lean and entirely sophisticated. We will embrace the sort of no-nonsense colour worn so well by French women- think tomato red, ivory, navy - but which in the wrong hands whispers of one too many trips to the John Lewis womenswear department. Wide-brimmed hats and, most of all, soft leather gloves will finish our immaculately polished physical appearance.

South America special: Round Peru with an eight-year-old

Taking an eight-year-old on a journey through Peru was always a gamble. But it just made the trip more exciting, says Helen Truszkowski

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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star