Voices

Smoking is the hazy fug of a 1930s jazz club, the deadline mist of a 1970s newsroom and the chocolate-wood smell of my granddad’s lounge circa 1988

A star is born: But is Adele worth all the hype?

Her debut album has shot to No 1, critics can't get enough of her, and like all the best pop stars she only goes by her first name. But has 19-year-old Adele got what it takes to stayat the top? Elisa Bray charts the rise of Croydon's latest soul sensation

Different class of protester fights for 'Chiantishire'

Were it not for the placards, anyone strolling past the National Gallery might have thought the gathering was a novel extension to the debutante season.

Pop: K T Tunstall The Social Nottingham ooo99

"BEING SWEATY is a good thing, isn't it?" K T Tunstall asks self- mockingly, before launching into her sassy blues track, and debut single, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". "The single's out on 21 February, so let's make it Top 50," she laughs.

The Beat, The Jam House, Birmingham

Ska stars turn back the clock

Album: Devendra Banhart

Rejoicing in the Hands, Young God / XL

BBC Radio Jazz Awards, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

It's good to be appreciated

The secret of my success: Jools Holland

Musician and presenter Jools Holland made TV history as presenter of the iconoclastic Eighties music programme The Tube, and achieved fame as a musician with Squeeze and later his own band. He presents BBC2's Later With Jools Holland.

Letter: Samba anthem

Sir: One can understand - and deride - the thoughts of "multiculturality" that gave rise to the hare-brained idea of playing "God Save the Queen" to a samba rhythm on Millennium Night (Leading article, 5 November).

Leading Article: God save the Queen

THE MILLENNIUM crowd are determined to put a smile on Her Majesty's face, with a "cookin'" version of the National Anthem to be performed at the Millennium Dome on New Year's Eve. The standard model was reckoned to be "leaden", so the Queen will sit through a version that includes samba drummers and Jools Holland on the piano.

THE DOME TIMETABLE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

7pm

The Independent Archive 27 September 1989: `A simple idea, but very revealing at its best'

`Juke Box Jury' has returned to the screen in its Sixties format. Jim White takes a first peek

Sings like a dream, looks like Stalin

Paolo Conte, his voice and his songs all inspire extravagant comparisons.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there