Arts and Entertainment Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

'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.

Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress, Leicester Square Theatre, London<br/>Liberty, Shakespeare's Globe, London<br/>Twelfth Night, Tricycle, London

Joan Rivers is funniest &ndash; and most likeable &ndash; when she's at her most deadly
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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea