Kimi Raikkonen celebrates his victory in Abu Dhabi in November

Magical memories of 2012 - Formula One: 'Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus win was F1's most romantic result'

4 November: Raikkonen zooms to victory in Abu Dhabi

Andrew Lynch rides Flemenstar to victory in the John Durkan Chase yesterday

Flemenstar shines at Punchestown

Presumably it will not take long for people to start hailing Sprinter Sacre as a two-mile steeplechaser without precedent, in keeping with the fatuous instinct that seems to demand indulgence with each new champion, both over jumps and on the Flat.

The Unthanks, Diversions Vol 3: Songs from the Shipyards (RabbleRouser)

The Unthanks' Songs from the Shipyards originated in their soundtrack work for a documentary film elegiacally celebrating the lost shipbuilding industry in 20th-century poems and folksongs. Hence, the wistful blend of piano and ambient sounds underscoring the album centrepiece "The Romantic Tees". Elsewhere, Becky Unthank's soft timbre and her sister Rachel's more ingenuous tone lend a fond nobility to shipbuilding reminiscences such as "Black Trade" and "A Great Northern River".

The worst first date in history

Wowee! You think you've had some bad first dates? How about this one?

IoS album review: Martin Rossiter, The Defenestration of St Martin (Drop Anchor)

Eight years after calling time on the ever-underrated Gene, Rossiter returns to music with a solo debut of quite astonishing beauty.

A modern Mrs Robinson with a passion for laughs

Sarah Alexander is happy to play the older woman, she tells Gerard Gilbert

The curious affair of the female Dr Watson

When CBS announced that it had cast Lucy Liu as trusty sidekick to Johnny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock reboot Elementary, plenty of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans were suspicious.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (12) Lasse Hallstrom DVD/Blu-ray (106mins)

Paul Torday’s satirical novel is more affecting and less upbeat, but Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation is single-handedly redeemed by an endearing Emily Blunt as Harriet, a well-heeled consultant who persuades Ewan McGregor’s uptight scientist in a sheikh’s loopy scheme to introduce salmon into the desert of Yemen.

Jack Nicholson in terrifyingly good form in 'The Shining'

Heeeeere's more of Johnny: Missing 24 minutes of The Shining are restored for British release

The Shining, once dubbed the "scariest movie ever", is set to provide more chills for British audiences with the release of an extended version never seen before in this country.

The Daylight Gate, By Jeanette Winterson

This visceral Hammer horror-style restaging of the 1612 Pendle witch trials falls between two stools

Five-minute Memoir: Natasha Soobramanien on the baked beans that cured her writer’s block

I see now that a writing retreat is productive only if removing yourself from a life so full of distraction that you need the isolation in order to focus on your work. But if you are the kind of writer who doesn't do much of a day to merit this or any other job title, two weeks on a remote Scottish island will not help you chip away at your writer's block.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in films competing at Cannes

Twilight adds to awards haul at Teen Choice

The Twilight Saga is going to need a bigger garage.

St John’s Night, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Jermyn Street Theatre is partial to rummaging for rarities in the back catalogue of great dramatists. Well, they don’t come much rarer than this – the UK premiere, no less, of St John’s Night which  Ibsen wrote at the tender age of 23 and later tried to disown.

Winning formula: E.L. James's soft-porn saga has broken sales records

'Fifty Shades' author greeted by sobbing fans at Comic-Con

Lola De La Cruz cried when she met author E L James. The 29-year-old fan had waited since 4am to accomplish the number one thing on her Comic-Con to-do list - meet the writer of "Fifty Shades of Grey" - and 12 hours later, she got her chance.

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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