Pianists

Alexander Fury's fashion people: Liberace knew when to push everything

Liberace isn't exactly a conventional fashion icon. Invariably clad in glitter, usually wrapped in fur, often cruising around in a rhinestone-studded Rolls-Royce, Liberace was a lot of a look. Even taking into account kitsch and camp, both of which are ubiquitous on the contemporary style landscape ("so bad it's good" quickly morphed into the fashion favourite of "ugly chic"), the Liberace aesthetic is pushing it.

A new boom industry: coaching select committee witnesses for ‘ordeal

They have publicly humiliated former business titans from Rupert Murdoch to Bob Diamond, forced Starbucks to cough up £10m in tax and made villains of some of the world’s best-known brands. But corporate Britain is fighting back against Parliament’s newly invigorated inquisitorial committees by hiring highly paid specialist consultants to prepare executives for grillings by MPs.

My tricky waltz with Wagner

The German composer was a confirmed anti-Semite – but that didn't deter our correspondent, who loves his music, from wanting to write a play to celebrate his bicentenary

The Conversation: Last Tango in Halifax star Annie Reid on getting

You recently completed filming the second series of Last Tango in Halifax. How was it? Well, you know, you can't tell until the cake comes out of the oven. But it was great. I'm just the luckiest person in the world to have all these wonderful parts at an age where one might not be working. My career just seems to go on and on, touch wood.

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