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Boy bands never break up now – they just change  key and move on

Island Life, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

One night on paradise island

Party of the Week: Radio ga ga as prisoners steal top Sony awards

Radio 2's Chris Evans was so proud of his two gold awards at the Sony Radio Academy Awards on Monday night – which he also hosted – that he carried them on his shoulders most the night, even at the after-party. Guests at the show, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, included TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri and ex-Atomic Kitten singer, Liz McClarnon, all of whom had presented awards.

35,000 runners – and a Jedi – survive the London heat

It was the sort of occasion – unlike some this month – where thousands of like-minded people took to the streets of London, yet even the police could enjoy an upbeat day.

My secret life: Ronan Keating, musician, 32

The home I grew up in ... was a three-bedroom semi-detached, which my dad converted into a four-bed, by building a wall in the middle of one of the rooms. My brother and I had a bunk in one, and my two older brothers were in the adjacent room.

Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin: Comic Relief comes of age. Meet two of its guardians

If a show has ever made you laugh, these two probably wrote the script. They gave us a rare interview for Red Nose Day, which this year includes an episode of their hit comedy 'Outnumbered'. Cole Moreton meets... Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin

Stay The Night: Chalet Treize Etoiles, Verbier

Verbier is both a top-quality resort and undisputed fun capital of the Alps, and those who want to join James Blunt, Ronan Keating and Lawrence Dallaglio in the Coco Club after midnight should consider Ski Verbier's new Treize Etoiles complex. Of the matched pair of chalet apartments, the top one has an open roof space that gives it an airy penthouse feel. The flagship in Ski Verbier's 20-chalet portfolio is Septième Ciel, up the mountain – an elevated palace in which the tour highlight is the double bed shared by the Beckhams. But Treize Etoiles offers similar comfort in a more party-friendly location.

Liverpool: a city that is finally glad to be gay

The Gay Village is a long overdue addition to a place where homophobic crime is rife. Jonathan Brown reports

Fairways to heaven: A golfer's dream

It's every weekend golfer's dream – a chance to take on the world's top players (and Hugh Grant) over three of Britain's great courses. Simon Kelner relives birdies and bogeys at the Dunhill Links

The last-chance saloon: Can anyone save the great British boozer?

Fruit machines that never pay out, '9 to 5' on the jukebox, photos of the Queen Mum – you know when you're in a proper pub. Here (with the help of some bar-room veterans), Kate Burt explains why she is campaigning to save this cornerstone of British culture from extinction

Introducing Beth Rowley's gospel truth

Beth Rowley's parents were missionaries in Peru, so it's hardly surprising that the young singer-songwriter has an exotic approach to her music. By Nick Duerden

Border town protest over missile attacks from Gaza

Amir Peretz, the Israeli Defence Minister, has warned critics clamouring for more draconian military action against Gaza militants launching Qassam rockets into Israel that wholesale escalation could increase rather than reduce the attacks.

Roly Keating: Four into Two will go

Roly Keating has had six months to bed down at BBC2, after descending from the rarefied heights of BBC4. Ian Burrell finds him trying to keep a balance between tradition and dynamism

Maybe the lottery should fund racism training

When Jesus told of the good Samaritan, I bet the 'Mail' said: 'Huh, political correctness gone mad'
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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