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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

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Samuel Muston: I love the drama of restaurants. After all, the plate's the thing

The first sign that dinner on Wednesday was not to be as other dinners came when a man in a purple velvet suit and tiger mask instructed us all to drink cucumber consommé from the multicoloured shot glasses on the bar opposite the door.

Dan Croll, gig review: 'Exotic is not always best'

Dingwalls, London

Stennett: he began his career on guitar and trumpet with Joe Loss and Ted Heath

Stan Stennett: Actor, comedian and musician whose varied career took in working with Max Miller and appearing in 'Crossroads'

The veteran comic entertainer Stan Stennett's 60-year career as a musician and actor began with Workers' Playtime in the postwar period and ended with bit parts in television shows as late as 2010, when he made a brief appearance in Ruth Jones' comedy-drama Stella. After serving with the Royal Artillery, he began as a jazz trumpeter and guitarist with the Harmoniacs, playing with the Joe Loss and Ted Heath bands, and was resident comedian on Welsh Rarebit and The Black and White Minstrel Show.

Actor Frankie Muniz has suffered a second min-stroke

Frankie Muniz: Former Malcolm in the Middle star suffers second mini-stroke

Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz has suffered his second mini-stroke in under a year.

Lord Black's large bar bill was the result of a technical glitch

The Feral Beast: Unpaid bar bills, kissing and telling, the great clean-up  trainspotting

Reporters on The Daily Telegraph reeled in a scoop after submitting a Freedom of Information request to the Palace of Westminster, asking who had the biggest unpaid bar bills.

Chris Ramsey: The stand-up and 'Hebburn' actor talks failed one-liners, being thrown off TV and his tidying fetish

I can't do one-liners to save my life FHM asked me to do some for an issue. But some were libellous and some too rude to use, so the rubbish ones made it through. One guy tweeted me. "I've just read your jokes in FHM; I've read better on the back of a Penguin wrapper." And that's why my stand-up is all about personal stories and anecdotes.

How to get the look: Rain boots

Just what I was after for the office do.

Super trouper: Dickie Wood was filmed as he took over one of the main roles in ‘Mamma Mia!’

Grace Dent on TV: The Sound of Musicals, Channel 4

The dance routines! The insanity! The naked tanning sessions! That's showbiz!

Dame Maggie Smith picked up an award for her portrayal of the grand Dowager Countess of Grantham in country house series Downton Abbey

No regrets, Dame Maggie: film and TV are the better for you

Missing out on theatre might be painful, but she chose the right path

Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippines the world once knew and loved are beginning to reappear

So here I am in darkest Tacloban, having taken a slow drive and a walk through its streets. The damage is truly astonishing. Quite how any population can recover from something so big, so devastating, I have no idea.

Eric and Little Ern: Theatre review - 'funny and affecting'

Vaudeville Theatre, London

The Sound of Musicals, Channel 4 - TV Review

In this episode of Channel 4's backstage documentary The Sound of Musicals (the second of four), we followed the fortunes of two producers at very different stages in their respective careers.

The Everyman Theatre, pictured in 1978

Liverpool’s Everyman theatre to raise its curtain again to find the next Pete Postlethwaite, Julie Walters and Bill Nighy

New incarnation of 400-seat theatre cost £28m after decade of planning and two years of work

Dame Helen Mirren attends the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London

London Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Dame Helen Mirren takes home another gong

It’s the role that keeps on yielding gongs, for one actress at least. Having already picked up the Olivier, Bafta and Oscar statuettes for her two portrayals of the Queen, Dame Helen Mirren has added a prize at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards to her haul.

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Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
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A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
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Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
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Power of the geek Gods

Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
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Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
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Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
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Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high