hei-fi Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

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Arts: A cast more extraordinary

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Trainspotting and singles sex instead of Trollope

What they read

Rip-off spotting

`Trainspotting' was the movie to see in 1996, and the film's poster has fast become one of the most `imitated' ads of all time. Why? By Meg Carter

Glasgow tries to scotch Edinburgh's Cannes bid

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METHOD IN HIS MADNESS

Profile: Actor robert carlyle talks with James Rampton

Anorak Attack

Why is it that no-one wants to be anal? Of the phases that Freud identified in child development (giving rise to the shorthand ways of describing different types of people), only the anal has a really bad reputation. When did you last hear someone complaining that a friend or spouse was so "phallic" or so "oral"? Both of these might be considered to be compliments, carrying with them either the hint of thrusting sexuality and interesting tumescence, or a capacity for sensual appreciation. Anal, however, means focused on the lower bowel, retentive, obsessive.

Film: The colour of money

Moments That Made The Year: Box-office takings reached `Jurassic Park' heights. Teenagers chose `Trainspotting'. Kids and parents agreed on `Babe' and `Toy Story'. By Ryan Gilbey

Trainspotting for toffs

True Blue Ferdinand Fairfax (15) The Day the Sun Turned Cold Yim Ho (12)

Do we need Irvine Welsh?

So he's on a roll and non-readers can't get enough of his rip- off rave fiction. But, Chris Maume asks...

Stories sorted for ease of whizzing

ECSTASY: Three Chemical Romances by Irvine Welsh, Cape pounds 9.99

The interview / IRVINE WELSH

The author of 'Trainspotting' would like a drug-free society, and he's not too happy about kids reading his book

'Trainspotting' made easy - for Americans

"Aw ... ah wanted the radge tae gist f--- off ootae ma visage, tae go oan his ain, n gist leave us wi Jean Claude. Oan the other hand, ah'd be getting sick tae before long, and if that c--- went n scored, he'd haud oot oan us."

If anyone can, Ken can

Everything was going swimmingly. There was the loch, the orange bus, the ginger sheep, and the actor Robert Carlyle. There was just one problem - the mist. Ryan Gilbey watched Ken Loach tough it out on location

TELEVISION : Talent spotting

From 'Cracker' to 'Trainspotting', Robert Carlyle is rarely off our screens. Nicholas Barber met him

Will 'Trainspotting' breed junkies?

Protests will greet a much-hyped film, but it could prove a valuable contribution to the drugs debate
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