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Testicular cancer is ‘almost cured’

The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven, by Alan Warner

The rules of seduction and storytelling

CHANNEL HOPPER: One more ridiculous line and I'm going to have to shoot you...

Yu-Gi-Oh! (Nickelodeon, Sky One, Five and probably on another 27 channels that I've yet to see) is an animated blonde "skaterpunk" style teenager with a voice like the late Sir James Goldsmith being slowly roasted over a Bunsen burner.

Simon Callow: Now Mr Nice Guy has turned nasty

Simon Callow's role in The Holy Terror is a startling departure for the normally cheerful thespian

Maurice Rapf

Screenwriter whose career ended when he was named as a Communist

Through the Leaves, Southwark Playhouse, London

An affair to remember

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Love is Where it Falls by Simon Callow | A J Ayer: a life by Ben Rogers | The Mighty Walzer by Howard Jacobson | East of the Mountains by David Guterson | The Photo Book Phaidon

TV choice: A seven-day guide to Christmas television and radio

O' come all ye favourites

Arts: Alan Bennett: `He makes it easy for you'

Actors and directors on the playwright's qualities as his stage version of `The Lady in the Van' opens in London

Faith & Reason: Things are just not our fault these days

Now even laziness and Internet addiction are said to have a genetic basis. Will science one day absolve us of all ethical decisions?

The Sitter's tale: Simon Callow

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the actor recalls squeezing into plastic armour and declaiming Falstaff's lines

Books: Fine art of friendship

Richard Eyre acclaims a memoir of the agent who outshone her stars; Love Is Where It Falls by Simon Callow Nick Hern Books, pounds 14.99, 214pp

Arts: Wanted for brilliance, dead or alive

Theatre: LE CID; RIVERSIDE LONDON

Theatre: Daddies, we hardly knew you

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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
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us