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JB Shorts 10, Joshua Brooks, Manchester: Theatre review

This twice-yearly festival of short plays for the theatre – by writers who make their living from television soaps and dramas – is now in its tenth incarnation and gets better and better. JB Shorts is named after the Joshua Brooks pub across the road from the old BBC headquarters in Manchester which produced much of seminal radio drama of the last century. There must be something in the air there.

Chris Blackhurst: We should have let banks go to the wall. They don’t care about our wellbeing

Midweek View: The City in the past has behaved like a separate country, aloof from all of us

Jeffrey Archer with Margaret Thatcher in 1987

Left-wingers are more likely to cheat? Peter Oborne piles nonsense on top of prejudice in his latest ‘trollemic’

At least attention is drawn to the possibility that Labour MPs have been treated harshly

Paul Flowers was questioned my MPs over the Co-operative Bank's losses on 6 November

Leaving aside Reverend Flowers' drug abuse - the truly indefensible thing was how little this Co-op Bank chairman knew about finance

Morality must be more than an advertising slogan or carefully cultivated image

The video of a dolphin is shocking, but is it just because it reminds us of ourselves?

We like to think of ourselves as better than giving in to our animal urges

The abuse to Charlene White shows the issue of wearing a poppy has become massively overblown

Her reasons for not wearing one on-screen are eminently reasonable

Book review: The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, By Hooman Majd

When the Iranian-born but Western-raised writer Hooman Majd decided to take his wife and baby son to live in Iran for a year, he knew the powers-that-be would not festoon his path with roses.

TV Review: Strange Days: Cold War Britain, BBC2

Time-traveller Sandbrook's history lesson needed more dissenting voices

An audience with the Pope: a who's who of British politics attend an address by Pope Benedict XVI at Westminster Hall, in 2010

Onward cabinet soldiers!

The Tory Minister for Faith, Baroness Warsi, has scant proof to support her claim that religion has been ushered back into Whitehall by Coalition 'Do Godders'

Tiger Woods boldly plays a wood from the trees at the Turkish Airlines Open

Comment: Why is Tiger Woods the greatest of all time? Because he shows all the nerves of a tightrope walker crossing a gorge

The Way I See It: In such moments Woods displays a visceral desire to engineer positive outcomes

Invisible Ink: No 198 - John Christopher

If the name John Christopher is not familiar, try Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Anthony Rye or his birth-name, Sam Youd. Was there ever an author with so many pseudonyms?

Lucy Hughes-Hallett, author of 'The Pike', which won the Samuel Johnson Prize

From Gabriele D'Annunzio to Berlusconi – via Mussolini

The poetic anti-hero of the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning book has much to answer for, says Boyd Tonkin

Craig Conway (Mick) Faye Wragg (Cath) in My Generation

Theatre review: My Generation, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Unless you were part of the counter culture scene of the 80s and 90s you will probably know Chumbawamba best for their infectious hit "Tubthumping" or more likely the sublime moment at the 1998 Brits when band member Danbert Nobacon decanted an ice bucket down the front of John Prescott’s trousers.

Prisoners are being put to work in call centres based in prisons, including HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton

Failure of private prisons must force a rethink

It seems wrong for elements of state coercion to be run for private profit

Risky business: Campaigners such as Hege Grostad (right) say sex workers are less safe in a criminalised environment

A taxing issue for Norway's sex workers

Campaigners say that Oslo government 'pimp' may reap revenue but women will not benefit

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