News David Cameron and Al Murray are ‘distant cousins’ family records show

The pair are related, equally randomly, through 19th century Vanity Fair writer William Thackeray

World War Z

The power of imagination: Lucas’s $50 cinema ticket becomes reality

A day after George Lucas predicted that going to the cinema would soon cost “50 bucks”, Paramount Pictures is offering audiences in five US cities the chance to buy an unprecedented $50 (£32) “mega ticket” to its new blockbuster, the Brad Pitt zombie epic World War Z.

The fashion world is in a Galliano frenzy
Galiano on the catwalk for Dior in 2010

'I didn’t mean it': John Galliano redesigns his reputation two years after intoxicated anti-Semitic rant

Recovering alcoholic gives first interview since racist outburst

Red House, 2 Elystan Street, London

The American invasion of London continues. It seems only yesterday that Keith McNally opened a simulacrum of his New York brasserie Balthazar, to reviews that found the food pedestrian. The Shake Shack burger franchise will soon explode upon Covent Garden, along with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in the Trocadero, Piccadilly, while the hip New York hotelier André Balazs will open a new joint with a fancy grill in Marylebone. Soon you won't be able to move in London for luxuriantly-priced USDA steaks, seafood platters and ingenious deployments of quinoa.

Angelina Jolie's decision to tell the world about her double mastectomy is truly brave and truly inspiring

'Raising awareness' is usually just an empty celebrity culture cliché, but Jolie's article for The New York Times could make a real difference to women's lives.

Singers Miley Cyrus (L) and her father Billy Ray Cyrus attend the premiere of

A Minute With: Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley and his Hillbilly Heart

After writing hit song "Achy Breaky Heart," starring in Disney Channel show Hannah Montana and raising a famous daughter, country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has found himself at a crossroads.

Sail away: Lamu Island off Kenya's coast ticks all the boxes for Liz Earle

My life in travel: Liz Earle

'I love Venice at night – you can hear the gondoliers calling across the canals'

Malala on her first day at Edgbaston High School in Birmingham

Taliban shooting survivor Malala strikes publishing deals 'to tell story of 61m children who can't get education'

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old who survived being shot after standing up to the Taliban, is to tell her story "and the story of 61 million children who can't get education" in a memoir.

The soon-to-be-closed BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane

Live from BBC Television Centre: one last quiz

How much do you know about the soon-to-be-closed TV landmark?

Postcard from... Beirut

While Europe is engulfed by its horse-meat scandal, Lebanon is battling its own food crisis: wood shavings in its beloved zaatar manakeesh.

Postcard from... Berlin

Postcard from... Berlin

Berlin likes to honour its animal legends. Knautschke was the name of the city's beloved hippopotamus – a brave creature born in Berlin's zoo at the height of the Second World War, he survived the trauma of the Allied air raids which killed his mother.

Kate Moss said that Johnny Depp 'took care' of her... for a bit

Relationships: The one that got away (lucky Kate: hers is Johnny Depp)

The One That Got Away is a potent figure in novels, films, love songs – and real life. A quick poll of the Trending desk reveals that men are as likely to have an OTGA as women. It's not necessarily an ex-partner who you have unfinished business with – it can be a crush that never came good or someone you were at college with that you still wonder about.

Fashion victim: Kate Moss

I regret posing nude: Kate Moss opens up about modelling misery

If you hate having your picture taken, you're in good company - supermodel Kate Moss does as well.

Tim Walker: Storyteller, Somerset House, London

A flying saucer chased by a foxhunt and tables laid for a party and suspended in trees are some of the fashion photographer Tim Walker's more extravagant gestures.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links