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'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

How this man taught me to kill in four moves

Jerome Taylor meets the Californian who believes that now is the right time to bring his lethal fighting technique to Britain

Putting the world to rights: Trevor Griffiths on Olivier's dope-smoking, Marxist ranting and his 20-year purgatory

Olivier begged him for a role, Jonathan Pryce owes him his career, and his harrowing play about the NHS received near-record public response. So why has it taken 20 years for Trevor Griffiths' masterpiece about the great reformer Thomas Paine to finally make it to the stage?

James Lawton: Pietersen had them by the throats... then let his grip slip

Various medical bulletins were being issued as Kevin Pietersen appeared to be building an innings to crush Australia at the dawn of this latest war of the Ashes. The problem, it was finally decided, was somewhere in his right calf, just above the Achilles tendon that recently required a cortisone injection.

Let the Right One In (15)

One of the spine-tingling pleasures of Let the Right One In is that it takes a while to reveal what sort of film it is. It begins by introducing you to Oskar (Kare Hedebrant), a 12-year-old who lives with his mother in a cramped flat in a concrete Stockholm suburb. Cursed with a page-boy haircut and a dribbling nose, he sits alone in his estate's snowy playground every night, fantasising revenge on the school bullies who harass him every day. It looks as if we're in for a gloomy social drama, but then we see a haggard middle-aged man (Per Ragnar) calmly slit someone's throat in the woods nearby, and it seems as if Let the Right One In is going to be a thriller. Meanwhile, Oskar meets a new neighbour, a girl his own age called Eli (Lina Leandersson), and the film veers towards a very different genre. Anyone who wants the mystery to unfold at the careful pace the director intended should probably stop reading now.

On The Road: Making a meal of things in Chiapas, Mexico

When it comes to Mexican food I confess to being a complete addict. The cuisine from the south of the country is as far away from your average Tex-Mex fare as you can get. From the wonderful chocolate-chilli concoction known as mole, to the throat-burning, eye-watering habanero chillies, this part of Mexico is full of culinary treats for the brave of palate and adventurous at heart.

I didn't mean to kill him, sobs youth

A man accused of cutting a schoolboy's throat broke down in tears as he apologised to his victim's parents, saying he was "really sorry" the teenager died, a jury heard.

Scarlet fever, scourge of the 19th century, is coming back

3,000 contracted disease last year, raising fears it is making an unwelcome return

Album: Teitur, The Singer, (A & G)

A Faroe Islander whose distinctive, idiosyncratic tone compares to fellow "Northern Lights" artists such as Stina Nordenstam, Bjork and Sigur Ros.

Teitur Lassen is an intriguing writer and a moving singer whose performances on The Singer wreak a kind of understated but devastating passion comparable to Anthony & The Johnsons. Despite having recorded several albums since 2003 – he spent a few frustratingly unappreciated years with Universal before opting for a more self-determined route – The Singer is, to my knowledge, his first UK release, albeit a year later than most other territories.

The sexy secret that could lie in a sneeze

The next time someone in the room sneezes, you might want to wonder what exactly is on their mind after researchers found evidence that in certain people sneezing can be triggered by sexual fantasy.

Claudia Castillo: The pioneer's story

'Now I feel great. I am honoured'

Fury mounts over child's death

Anger over the death of Baby P appeared to be reaching boiling point in Haringey as the majority Labour group on the council held an emergency meeting to discuss the tragedy.

Masked man 'stabs ex-girlfriend to death'

A man wearing a Phantom of the Opera mask and a wig allegedly ran into a college and stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend before slitting his throat.

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