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I’m sat on my fat arse on the train to Edinburgh and getting emotional. I’m going to the Fringe, my spiritual second or third home. Dewy-eyed, I eat a ham-and-egg bloomer, neck mango-and-apple drink and watch England’s over-hyped scenery whistle by. I devour a vegetable crisp. The train slows down. Peterborough.

Eden project in Cornwall. Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million

Eden Project to axe up to 70 jobs

Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million.

The xx to headline Eden Sessions 2013

The xx will headline at next summer's Cornish music event the Eden Sessions.

Wisecracks, drum solos and star turns

Combining stand-up with jazz is a winning formula, says Alice Jones

The Horne Section: Wisecracks, drum solos and unusual celebrity star turns

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A Political Life: Knocking on doors, you learn that impression, not detail, is what matters

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Superstar victor Ben Forster gives sneak preview of Jesus Christ Superstar role

TV's Superstar victor looks to be having a riot as he is seen in his winning role for the first time - facing baton-wielding police.

Ben Forster, 31, a stage-school graduate who has already appeared in the West End, pipped Rory Taylor, 24, to claim the role of Jesus Christ, with former male model Roger Wright, 41, coming third

3.3m tune in to see Ben Forster win live final of ITV's Superstar

The climax of ITV1's Superstar pulled in only half the audience which the finals of Andrew Lloyd Webber's previous BBC shows attracted.

Dawn French and Jason Donovan search for the new Jesus Christ Superstar

Dawn French and Jason Donovan have been signed up as judges for Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for the lead in his musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

Chris Moyles will miss some of his Radio 1 shows during the tour

Andrew Lloyd Webber casts radio's bad boy Chris Moyles as Bible's worst villain King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar

Would you pay £65 to hear Chris Moyles sing? Andrew Lloyd Webber is gambling that the answer is "yes" after announcing the shock casting of breakfast radio's "bad boy" as the villainous King Herod in a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Matilda: 10 nominations, including best new musical

Matilda The Musical leads Olivier nominations

Upbeat and feel-good productions make the running for Britain's top theatre awards

Explosive: Buckley with Ms. Dynamite

Rock's classic genius

When it comes to adding orchestral punch to their sound, pop acts know Jules Buckley is their go-to man, says Emma Love

Stand Up and Rock, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Comedy and rock n' roll persistently get paired for the comparative superlative “comedy is the new rock n' roll” and tonight they were again bedfellows.

Soho Theatre Comedy Cabaret (3/5)

Imagine Whose Line Is It Anyway? applied to stand up and you have the gist of Set List, a Stateside wheeze landing in London via a stopover in Edinburgh. That cultural comparative was made all the more resonant tonight with the inclusion of the improv-savvy Greg Proops and Phil Jupitus among the stellar line up.

Between The Covers: 28/08/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Edinburgh Diary: The grand finale

*Festival organisers are concerned that next year's Fringe could become a victim of the 2012 effect.

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