Tensely circling each other on Syria today, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were like a warring couple forced to meet but determined not to unleash their pent-up rage because they have too much to lose. Cameron, you felt, was itching to say: “You treacherous bastard. You not only sabotaged my foreign policy last week, but you couldn’t even take a stand one way or the other.” And Miliband to answer: “You authorise your spin doctors to use industrial language about me as if I’m to blame for the full-scale revolt in your own party. It’s pathetic.”


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Just sit back and enjoy...

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'Beyond depravity' was the verdict of one commentator. Westminster Council agreed. But the fuss was surely misplaced



Fun Lovin' Criminals The Event, Brighton

Fun Lovin' Criminals are like a Domino's pizza. With a rumbling stomach at one in the morning, you think it's the best thing in the world, the only thing you could possibly eat and you get all over-excited and drooly at the thought. Then you buy one and find that it's actually fairly flavourless. Even so, you eat the whole thing just in case it gets fabulous in the last bite. I waited for Fun Lovin' Criminals to blow my mind. I was still waiting when they played their encore, when the house lights went up, and slightly less hopefully, when I put my key in the front door.

That Turturro feeling...

From 'Miller's Crossing' to 'Barton Fink', John Turturro has given some memorable performances. His latest, Al in the 'Box of Moonlight', is more haunting and intriguing than ever. He talks (guardedly) to Ryan Gilbey

Buscemi: born to be a baddy

From the time his Dad cast him as the nasty in a home-made 8mm `Superman', Steve Buscemi has always played the hitman, the hood, the miscreant. You'd think that if he directed his own film he could load the dice in his favour. But you can't mess with fate.

How not to solve executive stress


Letter: On the edge of a new age

Sir: Your front page assertion ("Five dates when the Apocalypse was predicted", 25 April) that Evangelicals and Pentecostals "are convinced that the world will really end this time" and that "we are living in end- times" is misleading. As a Pentecostal writer and teacher of prophecy for more than 25 years, I do not know of any denomination or institution which teaches this.
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