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Arts and Entertainment Face values: Paul from Channel 4’s ‘My Tattoo Addiction’

Roll up, roll up! See the tattooed man with no job and £71 a week to support his whole family

Outlook: Diageo's howler

WONDERFUL THINGS, large companies. With their top drawer executives, suitably incentivised by share options and bonus enhanced pay, their highly paid advisers and plush head offices, they appear so tuned in, switched on, professional and in control in their approach. But all is not always as it seems.

Dumb Watch: Melvyn has nothing to brag about

MELVYN BRAGG pulled no punches last week in his condemnation of dumbed down television. Broadcasters were not "aiming high enough", he said, and some talented ones were "like thoroughbreds happy to pull milk carts".

Edinburgh Festival: Pick of the Day

l The Kaos Importance of Being Earnest

Arts & Edinburgh: My nights with Steve

Linda Marlowe tells of her onstage love affair with playwright Steven Berkoff.

With a burst of colour Ungaro leads the way into a bold new millennium

IF THE primary reason for couture's existence in 1999 is to dress wealthy women as well as making fashion statements, Emanuel Ungaro's future is assured.

Collins' dictionary of everything camp

PETER YORK ON ADS; NO 279: OLYMPUS CAMERAS

Football: Sleeping giant grabs at crumbs

Second Division play-off final: Desperate Manchester City face newly ambitious Gillingham at Wembley tomorrow; Unlikely battle of little and large

Media: Scandal on the screen

The National Enquirer is coming to your living room soon.

Obituary: Anthony Newley

ONE OF Britain's most distinctive talents, Anthony Newley was an actor, singer, composer and writer who had his first starring role in films at the age of 16, composed hit musicals and songs, topped the hit parade himself as a pop star, played everything from romantic leads to quirky character roles in movies, starred on both the West End and Broadway stages, and became a favourite of cabaret audiences from New York to Las Vegas.

Anthony Newley dies of cancer

THE ACTOR, singer and playwright Anthony Newley has died after a long battle with cancer. The 67-year-old former husband of Joan Collins died on Wednesday at his home in Florida. He came to fame playing the Artful Dodger in the 1948 film version of Oliver Twist.

Confessions of a media whore

I once appeared on L!ve TV. I cannot say I am proud of myself, but these things happen

Peter York On Ads No 260: Vanish: Fantastic, shocking really

How does a TV commercial enter the national bloodstream - become the stuff of bus-queue and canteen chat, the residual connective issue of national cohesion, something a bit like Dale Winton or The Spice Girls? How does it get to be famous advertising really fast?

Strong, conniving women: the final frontier

Director Don Roos scripted Hart to Hart and Dynasty 2. No surprise then that The Opposite of Sex is about a bitch from hell.

It ain't envy. She's my sister

They're rivals for parental attention, success and even each other's men. It's an impossible relationship.

Lew Grade rides off into an art director's sunset

LEW GRADE, the last great showbiz mogul of the 20th century, was buried at 4pm yesterday against a picture-perfect winter sunset straight from central casting. Jet aircraft drew white lines like a credit sequence across the sky of icy blue, while long elegiac clouds were touched with vivid reds and golds.
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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

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Reach for the skies

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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