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Julian Fellowes, DVD

Wayne McGregor premiere, Royal Opera House, London

A wondrous world of stick people and twisty torsos

Historic Leeds brewery to close

Drinks giant Carlsberg is planning to close a historic brewery in the UK with the loss of 170 jobs, it was announced today.

Sport on TV: A man caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

Peter Nichols' book about the Golden Globe round-the-world yacht race of 1968-69 was called "A Voyage for Madmen", and he wasn't wrong. Of the nine adventurers, one finished - the redoubtable Robin Knox-Johnston. One hanged himself. Another, Bernard Moitessier, the Frenchman with the soul of a poet, turned round within sight of victory and did it all again. Five abandoned, beaten by the cruel seas.

Racing: Shergar still a measure of Classic greatness

Chris McGrath recalls the Aga Khan's 1981 Derby winner whose spirit looms over today's race

Racing: Spencer keen on Odyssey

Jamie Spencer believes the extended mile and a quarter of the Prix du Jockey-Club should be ideal for Olympian Odyssey. The Barry Hills-trained colt bypasses the Derby over a mile and a half at Epsom for the shorter distance of the French equivalent at Chantilly tomorrow.

School with no rules is forced to lay down law because of spoilt pupils

For years, Summerhill, the "free" school founded by the philosopher A S Neill in the 1920s, gained notoriety for its pupils skipping lessons, outdoor bathing in the nude and voting for their own school rules. It was, in fact, the very epitome of the kind of liberal progressive school so frowned upon by education traditionalists such as Chris Woodhead, the former schools inspector.

'Romeo drowned in Titanic': Teenage views of the Bard

Romeo, according to one 14-year-old sitting his Shakespeare test, drowned on the Titanic. Another teenager, asked to explain how Shakespeare handled the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, said: "They jump in the swimming pool."

King's fall leaves Reggae Boyz off the beat for their biggest stadium show

Jason Euell has admitted the decision to boot Marlon King out of the Jamaica squad has spoiled the build-up to tomorrow's high-profile friendly with England at Old Trafford.

Vince Yearley: We Already Own Eco-Machines

"Sustainable Development" is one of those awkward, abstract ideas. But, for the more enlightened petrolheads it's worth thinking about: how can we use our cars in such a way that we minimise the environmental damage?

Helen Calcraft: My Life In Media

'The best thing is not answering to anyone and being in control of our own destiny. It's so liberating'

Right, said Fred, let's have a cuppa (herbal) tea

Tetley, the tea giant that for more than a century has played on its down-to-earth image, is launching an assault on the burgeoning herbal tea market.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there