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A morning with: The Xbox One

Price: £429
Includes: Blu-ray player, built-in wi-fi, Kinect, Xbox wireless controller
Processor: Customized AMD chip with eight-core CPU
Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive: 500GB
Video: 1080p, 60 frames per second

Edinburgh 2013: Liam Williams - A comedian of existential

If the hero of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, Jimmy Porter, had ever performed stand-up, he'd look and sound a bit like Liam Williams. Similarly deracinated and disillusioned, Williams sets out to extricate himself from the restrictions of a lower middle class upbringing and thereby express his dissatisfaction with the world as a whole.

Hands on review: Vodafone Smart 3

This is not a premium smartphone but it is certainly a good-looking, capable and highly affordable alternative, says David Phelan

Something To Declare: Can we still escape the noise of the world?

I once sat in the garden of one of our most idyllic Herefordshire B&Bs, drinking tea and listening to my hostess waxing lyrical about the tranquillity of this quietest of areas: the Welsh Marches. Then we ducked as two fighter jets screamed overhead, preparing for the invasion of Iraq. It was more surprising than it was alarming, but it did remind me that total peace is elusive in these isles. "Noise" takes many forms other than the scream of fighter jets.

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