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The last words of the actor Edmund Kean are alleged to have been “dying is easy, comedy is hard.” He passed away (with relative ease) in 1833, more than a century before the outbreak of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One can only envy his good fortune and wonder what he’d make of the mayhem that unfolds every August in Scotland’s capital.

Lily Cole reads on stage

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What do Lily Cole, Rupert Everett and Peppa Pig have in common? Apart, obviously, from their striking good looks. Answer: they are passionate about reading, and about encouraging children to read. To prove their point, they joined a host of other actors and writers at yesterday's inaugural Get Reading event, a day-long festival in Trafalgar Square in London.

David Gower (left) pictured alongside Ian Botham

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Hundreds of passengers anxious to get off a stranded ferry have been forced to remain onboard at a French harbour as the ship's doors failed to open.

Two out of every five victims of school homophobic bullying contemplate suicide, says survey

Two out of every five victims of homophobic bullying at school attempt or contemplate suicide, a report released today reveals.

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

The Boy Who Fell to Earth, By Kathy Lette

The first three pages of this novel about Lucy, a 30-plus middle class mother coping alone with an autistic child, are so badly written and generally over-the-top that any casual reader might be inclined to stop there. This would be a mistake. For Kathy Lette soon settles into producing what she does best: a succession of often scabrous one-liners. A few are dire but most are excellent. How about "The only hard knocks he'd ever taken had been whilst playing polo", or "Divorce is like a haemorrhoid: in the end, every arsehole gets one"? Or even "A journey of self-discovery starts with a single step. But so does falling down a flight of stairs"?

Actor Simon Callow says: 'My aunt dropped a bottle of whisky! But then she said, 'Well, you're an artist, they're all queer...'

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Merlin Holland, the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, at the writer's restored tomb yesterday

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"Each man kills the thing he loves", wrote Oscar Wilde. "The coward does it with a kiss."

The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination, By Fiona MacCarthy

Not a lot to like, but plenty to admire

Village People: Battle of the chairs

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Melanie McDonagh: Dishwashers – can't live with them, can't live without them

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Oscar Wilde's lost play about a loyal wife gets world premiere

Story has clear echoes of playwright's own troubled home life

Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde, By Franny Moyle

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