Environment Scientists have found that temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic than in the rest of the world, and two and a half times faster than in previous estimates

It was the evidence that climate change sceptics loved to cite. While the scientific community’s warnings about global warming had become ever more convincing, the critics pointed time and again to graphs showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998 – a fact extensively interpreted by many vocal opponents as a fundamental failure in the basic science of climate change.

The real problem at the Yard is institutionalised stupidity

Geoffrey Robertson on where the Macpherson report was right - and where it was wrong

Knights at the opera

Nikolaus Lehnhoff has some serious thoughts about his new production of Parsifal. By Edward Seckerson

Obituary: Gabor Carelli

THE HUNGARIAN-BORN tenor Gabor Carelli is assured of immortality in the world of opera, because he sang the small role of Dr Caius in the NBC Symphony broadcast of Verdi's Falstaff, conducted by Arturo Toscanini in 1951. This performance was recorded and reissued many times as technology advanced, and is currently available on CD.

Arts: The diva's not for spurning

The soprano Cheryl Studer has sued Munich opera house who dropped her because they said her voice was damaged. What's been going on? Is there more to this altercation than meets the ear?

Fashion: Amazing drapes

Her clothes were before their time - and timeless. John Windsor on Madame Gres, born in 1903 and one of the century's greatest designers

Obituary: Marie-Madeleine Gauthier

MARIE-MADELEINE Gauthier was the world's leading authority on medieval enamels. She first made her name with entries in the catalogue of an exhibition held in 1948 at Limoges, and followed them up with her first book on champleve enamels, Emaux limousins des XIIe, XIIIe, et XIVe siecles (1950). Her lifelong journey in search of medieval enamels had begun.

How We Met: John Boorman And Pamela Marvin

British film director John Boorman, 65, gained worldwide recognition in 1967 for 'Point Blank', a stylish thriller starring American icon Lee Marvin. Many acclaimed movies followed, among them 'Hell in the Pacific', 'Deliverance', 'Hope and Glory' and 'The General' - which won him Best Director at this year's Cannes film festival. He has just completed a documentary on the life and work of Lee Marvin. Pamela Marvin, 68, worked as a radio producer in the 1960s, and was divorced three times before she married Lee Marvin, her childhood sweetheart, in 1970. They remained together until his death in 1987, after which she wrote the affectionate memoir 'Lee: A Romance'. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona and Woodstock, New York

Property: Museums for mantelpieces

Rosalind Russell reveals a legal way to take gallery and museum exhibits home with you

Music Review: Next off the production line

Verdi's Requiem and Mahler's Eighth - the so-called "Symphony of a Thousand" - in one week. Grand and grander, big and biggest - James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, must have felt right at home. And, as if to ensure that he did, these operatic sojourns into the concert hall were cast accordingly. A succession of Met luminaries, old and new, starry and would-be starry, shared his limelight. Only Luciano Pavarotti, succumbing to the flu, failed to materialise. But, this being that time of the year (out with the old, in with the new), the young pretender, Roberto Alagna, was conveniently waiting, if not in the wings, then in Milan, when the call went out.

Style: Rock 'n' roll and royalty

Stars attended a New York gala dinner in memory of Versace to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum. Christa Worthington watched the tribute to the man who broke the boundaries of fashion.

Ashmolean's new director snubs Oxford

The new director of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum has shocked academics by resigning before he even started.

How We Met: Sian Phillips and Sean Mathias

The actress Sian Phillips was born in Wales. Aged 18, she became a BBC announcer before winning a place at RADA. Her performances include How Green Was My Valley and I Claudius; she recently starred at the National Theatre in Sean Mathias's production of A Little Night Music. Divorced from Peter O'Toole, she lives in London and has two daughters.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Christian Dior originally wanted to dress only well-born women. Instead, he became fashion's great democratiser

Obituary:Claudette Colbert

The epitome of chic sophistication, Claudette Colbert was as unique among Hollywood heroines as Dietrich or Garbo.

Market Report: The bid that never was puts sparkle into drink sector

Once again the expected melt-down was kept on ice as leading shares ignored Friday's New York crash. Second-liners, however, displayed rather less aplomb with wide-spread falls.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game