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1. What is the largest city through which central Europe’s River Isar flows?

Feliciano still lights the fire

First Night: Jose Feliciano Jazz Cafe London

Pop review: Devlin disguise

The Devlins

Jazz: Rumble in the jungle

Goldie and Pat Metheny? An unlikely team, but it works.

Pop: Live - Urban angst with a country smile

Beth Orton Shepherd's Bush Empire

Pop singles, dance & albums charts

SINGLES

Prose is another country

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash broke free of the Nashville `treadmill', and her father's shadow, to become her own woman. OK, so it led to drugs and divorce. But now she's realised her lifelong ambition - to write. By Marianne Brace

Film: NEW FILMS

MICHAEL

Sing whatever is well made

Jasper Rees on a new album of Yeats poetry

Loony tunes

Why is it that male pop hopefuls can achieve stardom simply by writing great songs, while their female counterparts have to have nervous breakdowns, write mad lyrics and pull stupid faces? Emma Forrest on pop's whining ways

Burning ambition

DEAD PRESIDENTS Albert and Allen Hughes (18)

Pop Live: Natalie Merchant Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

I like Natalie Merchant. Bjork may be wilder, PJ Harvey more scalding, Alanis Morissette has got a better marketing campaign, and Tori Amos has a piglet clamped on to her breast. But Natalie Merchant has got... what?

Absence can't make Art grow stronger

ROCK

reviews John Oswald/ The Grateful Dead GrayFolded Swell/ Artifact S/A1969-1996

'He teases out unforeseen possibilities, layering different versions to achieve an untethered effect perfectly appropriate for a long Dead jam'

Season of mists and mellow thoughtfulness

LONDON, 3am, a slow-moving cold front shambling along off the south coast. Endless drizzle. Wet tyres on wet streets, yellow lights, desolation. Everything closed; draggled au-pairs stumping out of the clubs and along Oxford Street, laughing about men. Wet-lipped Cro-Magnon youths, blurred on contaminated drugs, weaving home, alone, again. Taxis shushing past, lights off; they won't stop for anyone they don't like the look of, and they don't like the look of anyone. Mournful knots of minicab drivers hunched like pimps under the leaky awnings, dreaming of the South in outlandish tongues, the rain glistening on their leatherette bomber- jackets. You might as well be in Watford. You might as well be dead.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game