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The Full Monty and the Sheffield Lyceum

The Full Monty, Sheffield Lyceum

It was not easy being a man in the rapidly de-industrialising Britain of the 1980s. Gone was the job for life at the local pit/foundry/ship works where your father had toiled and possibly his father too. The loss of chief breadwinner status sparked a masculinity crisis stripping a generation of their self-esteem as they squared up to a future stacking shelves at Morrison’s.

Not in our name: Demonstrators against the Iraq war, in London on 15 February 2003

Have the lessons of Iraq really been learnt?

Over a million of us marched 10 years ago against the invasion, to no avail. A leading opponent suggests how to avoid similar mistakes

Jim Armitage: Blair's repeated Guinea trips raise eyebrows over his connections

Global Outlook: It is his mixture of charity and business that can leave questions to be answered

Mandarinese dashed our hopes of high drama

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Tom Cruise: 'If f***ing Arnold can be Governor, I could be President'

'If Arnie can be Governor then I can be President' says Tom Cruise

Book on Scientology claims actor had political role for Church

Steve Richards: Clegg and Cameron have no option but to stay the course

At the start of a new year David Cameron and Nick Clegg insist they march on with determined verve. They have no choice but to proclaim boldly. Imagine the frenzy if they admitted they were not masters of events, but near powerless figures navigating the tiny amount of space on the political stage still available to them. In politics leaders must pretend to be masterful when they are trapped by external events, the mood of their parties, the attitude of the media, the fragility of their majorities in parliament and the chaotic consequences of their early policies. Still looking remarkably fresh Cameron declares the Coalition is running on a full tank of gas and that it is full steam ahead. In reality he and Clegg are the most trapped governing leaders since those that tried to rule in the late 1970s.

Brian Haw: A statue would be a fitting tribute to a man of peace

This notorious protester deserves a permanent presence in Parliament Square

Forward, say Cameron and Clegg. But to where?

Their confidence belies the fact they are the most trapped governing leaders since those that tried to rule in the late 1970s

Errors and Omissions: Whoever is being ‘useless’ here, it certainly isn’t Tony Blair

Our gloriously attentive pedant reviews the slips in this week's Independent

A Guide to the future of feminism

When I first heard that Julie Bentley had called the Guides "the ultimate feminist organisation", I thought steady on. Then I realised how true this is

Leo Blair: The guiding force behind his son's political vision

Leo was a self-made man brought up by foster parents in Glasgow, who believed in aspiration

Police elections: The Winners and Losers

Lord Prescott loses to Tory in Humberside but vows to fight on

The Prime Minister revealing too much at the Lord Mayor's Banquet on Monday

Politics: Judging the moob of the nation

Joining Judy Finnigan and Janet Jackson in the wardrobe malfunction hall of fame: David Cameron.

Tony Blair is thought to have long coveted a senior role in European politics and failed to secure the EU presidency in 2009

Tony Blair urges EU to elect a president (so who could be in contention?)

Former PM puts case for job he is said to have wanted in the past

David Blanchflower: Cameron's employment claims just don't add up

Economic Outlook: He insists one million jobs have been created; they haven’t

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
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Spells like teen spirit

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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