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What do Lily Cole, Rupert Everett and Peppa Pig have in common? Apart, obviously, from their striking good looks. Answer: they are passionate about reading, and about encouraging children to read. To prove their point, they joined a host of other actors and writers at yesterday's inaugural Get Reading event, a day-long festival in Trafalgar Square in London.

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Notebook: Oscar nominee plays squeeze-box in pub

THERE ARE at least three reasons to admire the musician Stephen Warbeck apart from his musicianship.

How America had Oscars for breakfast

"PLEASE TRY to behave yourselves!" announced a disembodied voice to the assembled crowd of journalists, television crews and anxious publicists as we made our way up the stairs of the Samuel Goldwyn theatre for the grand announcement of this year's Academy Award nominations.

Cinema: Shakey? It's pretty thin

Shakespeare in Love (15)

Film: The Big Picture: The proud tower of genius

Shakespeare In Love (15) Director: John Madden Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush 123 Mins

Joseph Fiennes interview: My name is Joe, and I'm an actor

Joseph Fiennes has served his time as a lovelorn support. Now, as a lovelorn Shakespeare, he's the main man. Maggie O'Farrell met him

The Critics: To the mannered born

The Young British Artists grabbed all the headlines, but it was a good week for BritPop and young British actors too

Letter: Allow jobs for the boys

Hester Lacey's sensitive piece on Rupert Everett who "sort of fell into prostitution" raises important concerns ("Middle class boy to rent", Real Life, 13 July). A glance at the gay press shows a large number of young men, mostly in their twenties, working from rented premises as well as agencies providing "escort" services. In 1992, Professor Donald West, an eminent sociologist, concluded that these workers are not the stereotypical younger "rent boy" and that they "are pursuing a chosen vocation in a reasonably contended and effective manner".

Hooray for Rupert the bare

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let us spray: sniffing out the glitterati

It's as star-studded as the Oscars and twice as fragrant: Liesl Schillinger drops in on the perfume awards in New York

Ken is and Hugh isn't. Says who?

The new edition of Who's Who has just been published, an event which is always greeted on BBC news bulletins as if it were another version of the honours list, instead of just a list of curricula vitae. Solemnly we were told yesterday that among the new additions to the list of distinguished people were the athlete Sally Gunnell, the actor Richard Wilson, the comedian Lenny Henry, though presumably if Sally Gunnell were that well known, we would not have to be told that she was an athlete...

The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett

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Ooh, aah - it's ever so 'umble chez Cantona

One of the most striking examples of the unpredictable nature of Eric Cantona, Manchester United's fallen hero, must be his choice of house. He has shunned the executive homes in Cheshire lived in by the vast majority of his team mates, not for a converted warehouse flat in the city,but a house in modest Boothstown with crazy paving up the wall. It cost him around £87,000 - about nine weeks' earnings.

Alive and kicking: The British Film industry is not what it was, but reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. This is a bumper year for films being made in this country - some with foreign money, some with foreign talent, but all using British resources and know-how. Sheila Johnston considers the current state of the art and, with Ryan Gilbey, surveys 20 of the best coming attractions

So the National Heritage Select Committee is sending a fact-finding team to Hollywood to look for ways of 'putting the British film industry back on top'. One wonders why they are bothering. That British film industry as we used to know and love it might be dead, but British locations and studio space, creative talent and technical wizardry are suddenly more in demand then ever.

Review: You have to be mad to work here, it's essential

TOM PETERS wants to rewrite that old office gag, 'You don't have to be crazy to work here but it helps'. In a world where a computer that's been on the market for four months is an 'old' product, he suggests that you stand more chance of success if the poster reads, 'You do have to be crazy to work here - it's essential'. Unfortunately he suggests this to a large gathering of suits whose idea of going crazy would be to use a Snoopy biro to fill in their triplicate inventory control reports. As he strides backwards and forwards preaching the virtues of the paperless office and perpetual revolution, his audience sat there scribbling like freshmen at their first lecture - 'we are hpllsly dull in undull wrld'.
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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
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

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
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
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
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform