Whatever the temperature, being phlegmatic is usually the order of the day in Britain; very much a unifying defining characteristic that will persist for generations

Television: A sauna? Now that's hot

What kind of people are we? Are we the sort who call our children Dominic, Sasha and Amber, employ Ilsa the nanny, and whose spouse has left home to set up with a younger model? Most important of all, are we the kind who would - if we could afford it - build a sauna in the basement of our large Hampstead house?

Stadium, palladium, tedium


Televison: What I fancy is a bit of personality

There are hidden rhythms to television. Why does anyone want to watch a programme hosted by Anthea Turner or Phillip Schofield? And what is it with Robson and Jerome, the Soldier, Soldier stars who recorded two hit albums and a flattened, drained version of "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"? I tuned into Ain't Misbehavin' (ITV, Mon), the three- part R&J drama series, in search of the answer to the riddle of the TV personality.

All Cliff, no edge

MUSICAL Summer Holiday Labatt's Apollo, Hammersmith, London

TV EYE With James Rampton


Wasps seek to convert into Dallaglio and Co

No sooner had Lawrence Dallaglio sat down at an historic press conference than his mobile phone rang. Dallaglio cut it off as if it was an unwelcome stand-off. It was probably his coach on the line but it might have been his broker for yesterday Wasps announced their intention to become the first rugby club in Britain to "go public". They are seeking admission to the Alternative Investment Market.

Europe is goal for Dallaglio

ENGLAND's success in the Five Nations' Championship may be only a week old but Lawrence Dallaglio has already consigned it to history.

High comedy brought low by funny business


A new daytime dawns

For years it's been a formula: soap, agony and cosy chat. Now the stars of daytime TV are sharpening their act to please a new audience.

Viewers uneasy at television sex guidelines


Collected works

three to see in the next seven days

Opinions: Have you ever had corporal punishment?

EDGAR QUINE, member of the House of Keys (Isle of Man parliament): I certainly have, and I'm all for it. There's a strong view island-wide that corporal punishment is appropriate in some cases. Young offenders need a short, sharp shock. Before I retired I was police chief in Hong Kong. There was corporal punishment there, and there was never any graffiti on the underground.

THEATRE / Painting by numbers: Paul Taylor finds sanitation and fabrication in John Kane's musical biography Leonardo - A Portrait of Love at the Strand Theatre

TIME: a century from now. Place: a script conference to discuss turning the life of the painter Francis Bacon into a big West End musical.

Competition / Christmas CD

This Christmas, you can give your child the new EMI Classics CD release of Prokofiev's magical children's classic Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Phillip Schofield (star of the West End's Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat). We have 15 copies: to win one, just answer the following question correctly.

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Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

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Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

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Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

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The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride