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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Obituary: Lili St Cyr

A STRIPTEASE performer noted for her on-stage bubble baths, Lili St Cyr was allegedly a role model for the young Marilyn Monroe.

American Association: Careers - Bad news for workaholics Part-timers win promotion

HIGH-FLIERS who yearn to work fewer hours but fear damaging their career prospects can take heart from a study showing that professionals who went part-time still managed to get promoted.

Avalanche kills six at party

AN AVALANCHE swept down on a New Year's celebration yesterday in a Canadian Inuit village, killing six people and injuring 25. Three others were reported missing, buried under feet of snow.

Obituary: Archie Moore

IT IS one of the boxing game's great adages that the measure of a boxer's spirit is his ability to accept defeat and, more importantly, to get up after a knockdown, writes Frank Gray. Archie Moore [obituary by Bob Mee, 11 December] fought many wars - notably against Rocky Marciano, whom he knocked down once but who rose up and pounded his way through Moore's pinpoint punching to win by a knockout in the ninth round.

A battler on two fronts: Jim Fox

The fight for his sport brings strength to combat disease for a hero of the Seventies. INTERVIEW

Not just for lau ghs

The comedy festival in Montreal is the scene of some heavy-duty schmoozing, as comedians Lee and Herring discovered recently

Obituary: Professor Nicholas Kemmer

I HOPE that Tam Dalyell won't be offended if I correct a few factual errors in his obituary [24 October] of my late husband, writes Margaret Kemmer.

Sports Letters: Dual nationals in the '36 crown

Sir: While it's fair of Adam Szreter (28 October) to say that war halted the progress of Britain's ice hockey team, it is also fair to point out that the only member of the team which won gold at the 1936 Olympics who was not a Canadian dual national was the manager, Bunny Ahearne.

Travel: Long Haul - They've got it covered

What do you put in a dome? Animals, vegetables and minerals. At least that's what they've done in Montreal. Cleo Paskal went in search of a sloth

Letter: Circumcision myths

Sir: Mischa Moselle (letter, 30 September) asserts that "surely it is the right of parents to determine how their children are raised". Does having one's son circumcised not amount, more accurately, to determining how he will be anatomically re-configured? Is that a valid parental prerogative?

Alarm at death rate of young homeless

THE DEATH rate for young men sleeping rough on the streets of London is almost 40 times that of the general public, the Lancet reports today.

There's something about Lee Evans

Lee Evans has made a film with Cameron Diaz. But he won't watch it.

Comedy in Canada: it's no laughing matter

The Montreal Comedy Festival makes Edinburgh look like a Buddhist love-in.

Travel: White knuckles, red river

The adrenaline rush is what rafters are after. And on Canada's Riviere Rouge they certainly find it. Cleo Paskal climbed into a kayak for a terrifying ride over the rapids

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...