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Mario Testino’s talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Testino has a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best — and that is what makes him the best.

Business in Brief: Shire swallows rare-disease specialist ViroPharma

Shire has made its biggest acquisition, spending $4.2bn (£2.6bn) on the US drugs maker ViroPharma. Shares in Shire rose 26p to 2,822p, even though it paid $50 a share for the rare-diseases specialist, which had revenues of $428m last year. Shire’s chief executive Flemming Ornskov expects to create $2bn revenues from medicines for rare diseases next year.

Doesn’t suit you, sir: Alan Lewis loses Nutter brand

A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.

Amber Heard will star in Mathew Cullen's film based on Martin Amis's London Field

Screen Talk: Johnny Depp joins Amber in Martin Amis tale

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Tomorrow's World: 'Jaki Liebezeit has a motorik style but he's funky too'

Fantasy band: Tomorrow's World

'Jaki Liebezeit has a motorik style but he's funky too'

Nina Nesbitt: 'Debbie Harry is kind of an idol of mine and a legend'

Fantasy band: Nina Nesbitt

'Debbie Harry is kind of an idol of mine and a legend'

Director named for Elvis film: Kevin MacDonald will oversee Last Train to Memphis

The eagerly anticipated film charting the life story of Elvis Presley is to be overseen by The Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald.

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The Feral Beast: Jungle Beatles, lazy mandarins, a quartet of corgis, and comedy with heart

Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!

A lock of Mick Jagger's hair goes on auction at Bonhams in London

Rolling Stones heirloom? Lock of Sir Mick Jagger's hair snipped by ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton fetches £4,000 at auction

A clump of Sir Mick Jagger’s hair has fetched £4,000 at auction, twice its estimated sale price and more than four times the £900 raised for a lock of bandmate Keith Richards’ barnet.

Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood

Rod Stewart's 'private' model railway off-limits to BBC film crew for documentary Can't Stop Me Now

Veteran rocker Rod Stewart banned a BBC film crew from filming his model railway because it is "private" despite opening up on screen about his hard-living days on the road and complicated private life.

The Rolling Stones will be dropping off at Worthy Farm on their 50 and Counting anniversary jaunt

Let’s spend the night together: Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says the Rolling Stones 'weren't at all greedy'

Despite The Rolling Stones charging hundreds of pounds for tickets to their shows Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has said that the veteran rockers "weren't at all greedy" when they agreed to headline at Worthy Farm this weekend.

A lock of Mick Jagger's hair goes on auction at Bonhams in London

Lock of Mick Jagger's hair to be sold at auction

A clump of Mick Jagger’s hair cut before his Rolling Stones days is to be auctioned at Bonhams in London.

Musicians Dave Grohl, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards perform at the 'Rolling Stones 50 & Counting Tour' at The Honda Center on May 15, 2013 in Anaheim, California.

Come On! The Rolling Stones mark 50 years since debut single with rare live rendition

The Rolling Stones celebrated the release of their first single "Come On" by giving it a rare live performance to mark its 50th anniversary.

Rolling Stones hint they'll add extra dates to American tour

If you're upset that the Rolling Stones are not coming to your city on their upcoming nine-date American tour, don't be too stressed — the rockers have hinted that more appearances might be added.

A new genre of literature

Bonnet rippers: a new kind of romantic fiction

This week I learnt about a new genre of literature. In a fascinating article in the LA Review of Books, writer Valerie Weaver-Zercher explored the growing popularity of Amish romance novels (including the ones pictured). The headline? Bonnet Rippers. I LOVE it. An update on the bodice ripper, but so much more chaste.

Paperback review: The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years, By Christopher Sandford

It seems as if The Rolling Stones have an infinite amount of rock ‘n’ roll memories to mine for all the biographies written about them.

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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

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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick