Arts and Entertainment Emily Mytton, Kelly Williams, Adam Godley and Victoria Mosely in 'From Morning to Midnight'

Lyttelton, National Theatre

Eat to the beat: The food tents at this year's festivals have a very tasty line up of newcomers

It was the August bank holiday. The rain was going from drizzle to downpour and as I peeped out of my weather-beaten tent to survey the landscape at the Reading Festival, the last thing I wanted was another cereal bar. Or another Babybel, another bag of crisps – or any of the other provisions I'd so frugally packed the Friday before. So half an hour later I found myself sitting opposite an infinitely more appealing plate of grilled halloumi, rocket, aubergine and roast peppers, accompanied by a hefty wedge of focaccia.

Powell offered one more chance as part of Sale rebuilding

Andrew Powell, the international No 8 sacked by Wasps after brawling with a group of football supporters in a Shepherd's Bush bar and finishing a distant second, has secured a two-year contract with Sale, who are rebuilding their squad after confirming the departure of 21 players earlier this week. The deal, finalised yesterday, gives the Welshman a second bite at a Premiership career that looked to have turned sour on him.

Man arrested over pensioner's death in in Hong Kong

Friends have paid tribute to a retired Salvation Army officer from Essex found dead while on holiday in Hong Kong. A 29-year-old man has been arrested in the main ferry harbour and was being questioned by police yesterday.

Man quizzed over meat cleaver attack on woman

A man has been arrested after a woman was attacked with a meat cleaver.

Woman attacked with meat cleaver

A woman who offered a lift to a lost man was subjected to a brutal attack with a meat cleaver, police said.

Philip Hensher: Honourable egging tradition under threat

Notebook: You could do some damage with a heavy shoe, but an egg is only going to cause a loss of dignity

Harry Beckett: Highly respected trumpeter who worked with Mingus, Scott, Dankworth and Tracey

One of the most eloquent and inventive of our jazz players, the trumpeter and flugelhorn player Harry Beckett didn't get the recognition he deserved. Because he was a quiet and gentle person, he remained a sideman and not primarily a bandleader. He was unique in that his lyrical and romantic style allowed him to play adventurous and even free-form jazz and still to communicate lucidly with his audience. He was also at home with reggae and electronic jazz.

John Crichton: Socialist politician who masterminded the regeneration of the port of Leith

Few of us can claim that, single-handedly, we have brought about a major success story in urban regeneration.

Book Of A Lifetime: Sybil, By Flora Rheta Shrieber

Attracted by its ghoulish cover – black with a bevy of scary faces - I picked up 'Sybil' by Flora Rheta Schrieber when I was in my mid-teens and devoured it in one fascinated, bitter-tasting gulp. It's a nastily fascinating book and gave me stabs and twinges of an unfamiliar feeling as I read it – my first experience, I think, of the queasiness suffered by the prurient.

Lagos: Inside the ultimate mega-city

Chaotic, sprawling, dynamic – Lagos inspires and terrifies visitors in equal measure. How do its citizens survive the world's most extreme urban environment?

Hundreds remember firefighters at memorial service

Hundreds of people turned out at an open-air memorial service in memory of two firefighters, including one from Dorset, killed during a blaze at a high-rise tower block.

Ronnie O'Byrne: Stalwart of the Amalgamated Engineering Union

In the 1960s and '70s, ICI was a considerable power in the land, and their main Board was one of the major centres of power in Britain. Since the culture of the company was to have sensible industrial relations conducted on a basis of dignity, ICI established a suitable mechanism, the ICI Central Committee, representing all relevant trade unions. Primus inter pares was the Amalgamated Engineering Union, and for more than 20 years one of its members, a protégé of the AEU's powerful General Secretary, the Salvation Army officer John Boyd, was his Roman Catholic and fellow Scot, Ronnie O'Byrne.

Actress Jean Simmons dies aged 80

Jean Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls and was Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, died today.



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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness