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The Edge of Pleasure, by Philippa Stockley<br></br> Private View, by Jean McNeil

Artistic licence that produces a picture of happiness

The Weasel: It's enough to put you off your polenta

Contrary to the warbling of Mick Jagger, I've never found time on my side. The invention of some celestial bossy-boots, time seems a drearily authoritarian notion, not so much about ticking as about ticking off - tempus fugit and all that. For obvious reasons, time has attracted an excessive amount of attention this year, as if it were something new, which according to Professor Stephen Hawking, it most certainly isn't.

Before the week is out ... book this

WE'VE HAD Shakespeare in LA and Shakespeare in Love. Now Shakespeare gets serious in Shoreditch. Ralph Fiennes is reuniting with director Jonathan Kent (they collaborated on the award-winning Hamlet, left) for Richard II and Coriolanus to be performed in the ruined shell of the Gainsborough Film Studios. But if you thought the hype that surrounded The Blue Room and The Iceman Cometh was impressive, Fiennes' celebrity gives booking in advance new meaning. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The performances begin next April. Need we say more?

A Family Affair: Mum, dad, dad - and the children make six

Australian novelist Tyne O'Connell, 37, shares a mansion with her two husbands in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Her current husband, artist Eric Hewitson, 33, and her ex-husband, headhunter Simon-Peter Santospirito, 39, are best friends. Tyne has two sons by Simon-Peter (who is known as SP), and a daughter by Eric.

Mirror, signal, hysteria

What's red, blue and green and makes people laugh at you? By Ed Harris

Classical: Little wonder

HOXTON NEW MUSIC DAYS

Parliament: Labour's Rebel MPs

The 65 Labour MPs who rebelled over the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill:

Pop & Jazz: Riffs

The First and Latest Records Bought by Rick Wakeman, sometime of Yes and Keyboardist Extraordinaire

The map: Artists in residence

Trendy galleries, Jarvis as your neighbour, hip drinking dens: Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac trawl Hoxton, London's Left Bank. Illustration by Griff

Their own kind of normality

Gilbert and George make a pot of tea and grant an audience to Iain Sinclair

Interiors: Cottage industry

Engineer Ollie Higson and architect Priska Weems transformed an industrial space in east London into a cosy `urban cottage'. Chloe Grimshaw steps inside. Photographs by Josh Pulman

Eating out: Cool but certainly not cold

Great Eastern Dining Room; 54 Great Eastern Street, London EC2. Tel: 0171 613 4545. Open Mon-Fri, 12.30-3pm, and Mon-Sat, 6pm-12am. Adjoining bar open Mon-Fri 12pm-12am and Sat 6pm-12am. Average price for dinner, pounds 20 per head. Credit cards accepted
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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture