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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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project