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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

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Do we need Irvine Welsh?

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Stories sorted for ease of whizzing

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

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"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

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