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I wager women think about sex just as much as men

Breaking news: uncivil war breaks out at Channel 4

Journalists divided by plan to turn selected presenters into stars – and relegate others

John Lichfield: Poppies, patriotism and the souring of an honourable tradition

The scarlet poppy is a symbol of blood sacrifice and death; it is also a symbol of the stubborn renewal of hope and life

Video: Household names at a 'bring-a-thing-athon'

A new exhibtion, Things, at the Wellcome Collection, opens in London today.

The Turn of the Screw, Grand Theatre, Leeds<br/>Strange News, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Alessandro Talevi's high-risk production around an old four-poster pays off, with a terrific Opera North cast and an astonishing richness of sound

Zac Goldsmith's on-air row with Jon Snow

The Tory MP Zac Goldsmith engaged in a furious on-air row with the Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow last night over an investigation into his general election campaign spending.

BBC appoints two female newsreaders in their 50s

The BBC is poised to name Zeinab Badawi and Fiona Armstrong as two of its new over-50 female news presenters, in a bid to widen its talent roster and thwart allegations of ageism.

Brown rocked as aide quits over war

Former army officer resigns from Government with savage attack on conduct of conflict in Afghanistan

Channel 4 News: Newscasters with attitude

Led by presenter Jon Snow, Channel 4 News is the spikiest and most irreverent of news programmes. Ian Burrell visits the studio and hears from Snow and his colleagues how they outsmart their rivals and of their fears for the show's future

The woman trying to heal a broken Liberia

It is a country of three million people with no national telephone network, no running water, no electricity grid and no professional army. It has debts of $3.5bn (£1.8bn). Corruption is rife, 85 per cent of the population are unemployed, there are no bookshops and no cinemas.

Authors mourn takeover of Ottakar's

The future of the book-retailing landscape was rewritten yesterday after the independent book chain Ottakar's succumbed to a £62.8m takeover bid from its rival Waterstone's.

My Mentor: Bridgid Nzekwu on Peter Barron

'He was ready to advise, and to criticise without undermining my confidence'

'My editors tell me to tone it down...' but Snow still ploughs into Campbell

Fans of Jon Snow's famously iconoclastic style were not disappointed by his festival appearance, in which he ridiculed George Bush, castigated Alastair Campbell and came out in support of the former BBC correspondent, Andrew Gilligan, over the "dodgy dossier" incident on Radio 4. "The Gilligan thing - and again this is strictly between these four walls," he said, leaning forward conspiratorially. "What exactly did he get wrong?" There was applause. "The more we find out about it," he continued, "the more it seems we can now say with absolute confidence that the dossier was sexed up, and it was sexed up by Alastair Campbell. So sue me!"

Books: Lights, camera ... alliteration

Is it possible to merge poetry and film? John Tague goes to the Dome to find out

They may not be Old Masters, but they are about age

THE AGONY aunt Claire Rayner sees her impending old age as a tangle of large-print books, library tickets and indigestion tablets. Her husband, Des, prefers to think of the two of them sitting on a desert-island beach, gazing into the sunset.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas