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Although always in the shadow of the great Morecambe and Wise, Mike and Bernie Winters were British television's other popular comedy duo during the Golden Age of Television. Mike was straight man to the gormless twit played by Bernie, who wore a bowler hat, pulled a toothy grin, grabbed his elder brother's cheek and called him "choochy face". The pair's boisterous, unsubtle, knockabout humour and music-hall crosstalk kept them at the top for 15 years and the professional partnership ended only when brotherly acrimony resulted in their splitting up.

Seth MacFarlane, actor and Oscars host

Seth MacFarlane credited with boosting TV ratings as 40 million tune into the Oscars 2013

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has drawn criticism for his opening song “We saw your boobs” as well as his tasteless jokes about Jews, race and domestic violence.

Travel guide criticised for the 'all-inclusive gap year'

Communities often resent all-inclusive tourists, who don't contribute to the economy
Hit it off: David Walliams with Simon Cowell

This Briton's got talent: Simon Cowell reveals what it's like to be the most powerful person in pop

One man does more to shape our music industry than any other. As he begins another star search, the svengali talks to our guest editor David Walliams.

My Fantasy Band: Christian Zucconi, Grouplove

Drums - Picasso

I've always wondered what he could do with a pair of sticks.

Jackie Leven, Scottish songwriter and folk musician

Jackie Leven

Further to your obituary of Jackie Leven (17 November), when I was writing a book about the British on holiday, and wanted to include a chapter on cruising, a mutual friend put me in touch with the singer-songwriter, who in his droll Scottish manner told me about his experience as the "entertainment" on a two-week cruise of the Norwegian fjords in 2002.

Plan B, 02 Arena, London

Four years ago, Plan B aka Ben Drew was a mouthy hoodie-clad rapper from east London whose acclaimed debut album offered such odes to the street as the inspired "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)".

Dive in: Staying cool in Palm Springs

Elvis and Sinatra fell in love with Palm Springs – and its iconic buildings and glitzy past mean this Californian desert city still has the power to charm

Lifting the lid on the Rat Pack

They called themselves "The Clan" and "The Summit". The press termed them the "Rat Pack", after the group of roistering friends who had attached themselves to Humphrey Bogart a decade earlier. Bogart and his coterie, which included Frank Sinatra, were never photographed at play. Their successors – Frank Sinatra again, but this time with Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin – were, in private snaps never intended to be published. The images have now been recovered from a cardboard box of negatives found in a photographic agent's office.

Roulette wheels spin for last time at old Rat Pack haunt

There would surely have been water in those ol' blue eyes if Frank Sinatra were still alive today to witness the shuttering of his once-beloved casino, Cal Neva Lodge, for lack of folk at the gambling tables.

Kathryn Grayson: Actress and singer described as 'the most beautiful woman in the history of movies'

The singer and actress Kathryn Grayson was a resident soprano at MGM from 1940 until the early Fifties, her films including the acclaimed versions of Show Boat and Kiss Me, Kate. She was particularly favoured by producer Joe Pasternak, who had moved from Universal, where he had brilliantly handled the career of Deanna Durbin. Grayson's operatic background and training appealed to the producer, who liked to mix classics with popular songs in his musicals.

Album: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Songs from Lonely Avenue (Surfdog)

Setzer is the Jedwardhairedsinger-guitarist whonot only spearheaded therockabilly revival of theearly 1980s with the StrayCats but also had a majorhand in the big-band jivemovement of the late1990s with his GrammywinningTheDirty Boogie.Nowadays, Setzer switchesbetween Rat Pack croonerand rockabilly rebel, oftenin the space of one line.Simultaneously smoothand raw, one minute it'screpe-soled jitterbug, thenext it's Vegas razzledazzle,and beneath thehorn section's glitzy blarethere always beats abadass heart.

The Benelux rat pack scrabbling for presidency

As history is celebrated on the streets of Berlin today, behind the scenes, another, though more discreet, chapter in European history may also be penned in that same city.

Tim Walker: 'Salad Club takes place in someone's living room and has its own etiquette'

The Couch Surfer: 'The washing up was being done in the bath. This was a delightful quirk rather than irritation'

The magic of Marilyn Monroe

Jazz legend Buddy Greco is auctioning rare photographs of him and the actress taken just days before she died. Andrew Johnson reports

Final curtain for Vegas showgirls

Economic slump brings Folies Bergere to an end
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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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