Arts and Entertainment X-factor winner Sam Bailey's debut single 'Skyscraper' is this year's Christmas number one

Robbie Williams keeps One Direction off the top spot in the albums chart

Radiohead album goes to No 1

Radiohead have scored their fifth No 1 album with In Rainbows. The band made headlines in October when they released the recording online and invited fans to pay whatever price they chose for it.

Dom Joly: Ricky Gervais may be big stateside but I'm a Bum

'Hi, am I speaking with Bum Joly?" The soft Canadian voice paused a second, waiting for me to answer.

Hundreds protest at murder of Putin's fiercest critic

Anna Politkovskaya's intelligent bespectacled face stared back from a small portrait pinned up outside her Moscow apartment block yesterday. Russia's most famous and controversial crusading investigative journalist was dead, cut down by two shots from a hitman's pistol.

Hedge funds are manipulating mergers - NYSE

Long-term shareholders in the world's biggest stock exchanges should beware of being bounced into bad mergers by short-term hedge fund investors, the chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, John Thain, has warned.

CLASSICAL: The sackbutt shall sound!

Gabrieli Consort/ McCreesh Christ Church, Spitalfields LONDON Orchestre National de Lyon/Gilbert Royal Festival Hall LONDON Philharmonia/Muti/Repin Royal Festival Hall LONDON

Theatre: Sex in Venice

DO I HEAR A WALTZ? LANDOR THEATRE

This Student Life: `I don't think I could live with lads again'

Summer Term, week 8 at the Manchester Student House; It's the end of term and so goodbye to quarrels over girly pin-ups, dirty plates and silent sulks. By Cayte Williams

This Student Life: 'Sex? It's out of my system'

It's party time. Can I get you a drink Mr Humperdinck?: Spring term, week 6 at the Manchester Student House

This Student Life: Dance away the heartache (dance away the arrears)

Spring term, week 4 at the Manchester Student House; Exams are over, and the students' attention is turning to other topics. In Dave and Alistair's case, this means money.

Food & Drink: Wine - Rising to the occasion

Anthony Rose chooses wines for a first date, friends, the family, and not forgetting yourself

Opera / AIDA London Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall, London

For those who still believe that the best, the only, great stagings of Verdi's Aida happen in the imagination, Monday's concert performance with the London Philharmonic will have provided spectacle enough for the most extravagant tastes. Whether or not Zubin Mehta represented a substantial saving over the cast of thousands is a moot point. That he was excellent value is not. It takes a Mehta to remind us just how much of Aida's scenic beauty and drama is written into the score - and how rarely it comes off the page.

Trial separation

Red Dwarf's Grant and Naylor are said to have split up. But a new series is in the pipeline. Maxton Walker meets a tense Doug Naylor

Obituary: Albert Collins

Albert Collins, guitarist: born Leona, Texas 1 October 1932; married; died Las Vegas 24 November 1993.

FILM / A perfect recipe for disaster: Adam Mars-Jones on Alive, based on a true story of cannibalism and heroism

For once, the logo that precedes all Paramount Pictures gives fair warning: for a little over two hours, the viewer of Alive will be looking mainly at snow-capped mountains not all that different from the stylised one in the graphic before the credits. If the experience of watching is an ordeal, then that is not exactly a complaint. Arguably, if it wasn't an ordeal it could only be an insult to those who survived, and those who died, when a plane crashed into a mountain in the Andes in 1972, and the rescue effort was called off, as it turned out, in error.
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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain