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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Invisible Ink: No 203 - A jobbing artist

Some time ago I searched for the author of the brilliant first novel Here (Away From It All), by Maryann Forrest, which I’d owned as a teenager. When I asked Independent on Sunday readers to help me locate her, I received a letter inviting me to lunch.

Proper Champion: The New One, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, heads for victory in the International Hurdle

The New One is threat for Champion Hurdle

As fascinating as the emergence of fresh equine talent to watch is the blossoming of one of the human elements of the centaur partnership, and yesterday’s programme at Cheltenham presented both.

Panto debut: Jo Brand (fourth left) is a genie in Aladdin

Panto is one of our great theatrical traditions – oh yes it is!

It’s behind you!” If those words elicit a groan, then bah humbug to you. You may hate pantomime but I’m honing my heckles in preparation to see several shows around the country.

Riggans in 'Take The High Road'; off-set she used to knit socks for the cast

Mary Riggans: Actress

Effie Macinnes, the village gossip in ‘Take the High Road’, who went on to play Suzie Sweet in ‘Balamory’

Damian Lewis has attempted to make amends with Sir Ian McKellen after offending him in a recent interview

It's refreshing when actors fall out instead of, well, acting...

We should be pleased when the mask slips and backbiting begins

'Pussy riot butterfly' (Nadya, Masha & Katya), acrylic and collage on handmade paper, 2013

Stella Vine returns with portraits of Michelle Dockery, Cara Delevigne and the Pussy Riot

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: The artist returns for her first exhibition in eight years

James Moore: Watchdog's more like a tortoise with this slow review of banks' auditing

Outlook Lost in the heat of yet another day of shame for the banking industry was an important point made by Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.

High spirits: comedian Pippa Evans, co-founder of the Sunday Assembly

The Week in Comedy: The 12 gigs of Christmas

What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky. This, according to a poll by the comedy channel Gold, is the nation's favourite new festive joke and as such will feature in a specially commissioned box of comedy crackers this Christmas. I think I preferred the runner-up - Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars? Because their days are numbered - but they're neither of them close to the all-time classic: How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle. You can have that one.

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in a scene from August: Osage County

Backstage: Who dares tell Meryl Streep how to act? Step up George Clooney

Film producers face a delicate balancing act between adding their input and not treading on the creative toes of the director, the writer and the actors. It seems Harvey Weinstein has a new tactic: send in George Clooney.

A rare success: Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena

Golden Globes 2014: Nominations list in full

British film Philomena has won three nominations at the awards

Damian Lewis has attempted to make amends with Sir Ian McKellen after offending him in a recent interview

Damian Lewis apologises to Sir Ian McKellen after 'fruity actor' jibe

The 'Homeland' star has contacted the Gandalf actor after offending him

Kids aren't less likely to achieve because of iPads

Carlos Acosta felt inclined to make a statement about the younger generation, but it doesn't contain any truth

Ever wondered what would happen if Sir Ian McKellen actually came face-to-face with himself (OK, fine, Gandalf) in puppet form?

Watch: The moment Sir Ian McKellen met his Gandalf Sesame Street puppet

No, the world didn’t implode, but the entire event – captured on Vine for all to see – did make us laugh profusely.

The cast of the original History Boys production at the National Theatre

The History Boys voted nation's favourite play

The Alan Bennett play beat Michael Frayn's 'Noises Off' to top the list

Page 3 Profile: Carlos Acosta, ballet dancer

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