The Sony X9000A 4K TV

Sony X9000A 4K TV: a more home-sized Ultra High Definition TV

David Phelan goggles at Sony's box

Comedy duo admitted to hallowed halls of British Museum

The Gentlemen of Leisure are first comedy act allowed to perform a tour at the London-based museum

Tara Fitzgerald: 'Actors always approach Shakespeare differently. God, it’s daunting'

I've played a number of buttoned-up British women There is something in our national characteristic that is naturally repressed, and I do find that fascinating. Why do we repress so much? I suppose I must feel it myself, deep down.

Five-Minute Memoir: Andrew Kaufman recalls the day a friendship went wrong

The trip wasn't about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I wasn't even sure what Cinco de Mayo was. Few people in south-western Ontario, the industrial heartland of Canada, did. All I knew for sure was that it was both American and Mexican, which seemed like an odd combination, interesting but potentially volatile.

Explosive material was found at the Greenwich Village home Morgan Gliedman shared with her boyfriend

Doctor's daughter, nine months pregnant, is terrorist suspect

Morgan Gliedman lives in Manhattan's fashionable Greenwich Village and is nine-months pregnant with a child by her Harvard-educated partner. Few would have thought the 27-year-old daughter of a respected doctor could be an aspiring terrorist.

Hasan Karkardi, left, and Omran Ikbari, sought refuge in Britain because of fear of state persecution

2012 heroes 'dead' to Iran – but alive in High Barnet

Tom Peck meets the two boxers who were meant to fight for Olympic gold, but instead had to flee to London from a regime determined to persecute them

Up in the air: the rooftop pool

Room service: Feel at home in buzzy Bangkok

Oriental Residence,  Thailand  By Mark Stratton

Scrabble: In Malaysia players compete for a top prize worth $10,000

Scrabble player thrown out of US national championship tournament for cheating

A Scrabble player has been thrown out of the US national championship tournament after being caught hiding blank letter tiles.

Album: John Cage, The Works for Percussion (2 Mode)

It's boom time for Cage fans – barely a month goes by without another album confirming his status as surely the most underrated composer of the 20th century.

Giant TVs 'bring families together'

Giant TV screens have helped to bring families back together in the living room, new research suggests.

Angry Birds Trilogy flying home to roost this winter

Activision has announced further details on the Angry Birds home console and 3DS compilation.

Diane Arbus, a lookalike and a day at Madame Tussauds

In 1969 the American photographer Diane Arbus took some rare photos of the British Royal Family. Or rather not of the real thing, but of waxwork versions of them. The pictures, taken when Arbus visited Madame Tussauds after hours, will go on show in London for the first time next week.

How design experts furnish their home

Charlotte and Peter Fiell, leading authorities on 20th and 21st century design, have put their London house up for sale

Man stabbed with his own samurai sword after trying to scare off intruders

A man who tried to scare off intruders by waving a samurai sword was stabbed with his own weapon.

Brimstone and Treacle, The Arcola, London

Dennis Potter thought his twisted miracle story Brimstone and Treacle his best play.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links