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Where did you go to, my lovely?

In the three years since his last film, Daniel Day-Lewis has appeared in more gossip columns than cinemas. On the eve of his return, David Thomson profiles a lost master

Boxing: Bowe leaves ring for `The Crucible'

Riddick Bowe, a former world heavyweight champion, stepped off a plane and into the ranks of the United States Marines on Monday.

Film: Don't mention Annie Hall

Nicole Holofcener could bear being hailed as the next Woody Allen if her hero were dead. As it is, she's worried it might just make him want to vomit. Liese Spencer meets the self-deprecating director of 'Walking and Talking'

Dramatic conclusion to the dalliances of Daniel Day-Lewis

Oscar-winning actor with a history of glamorous liaisons makes a match of two literary dynasties

Hankies out for the female film

The bosom buddy is upon us. A new generation of female- friendship films from Hollywood shows that "sisters are doing it for themselves" at last. The films make good box office returns for modest budgets.

Players breathe life into Crucible

Guy Hodgson says snooker may never have been in better shape

White edges through to retain elite status

Jimmy White scraped a 10-9 victory over the unfancied Euan Henderson to reach the second round of the Embassy World Championships in Sheffield last night. The victory clinched White's place in the top 16 for another season and earned him a match against Peter Ebdon.

Snooker: Hendry given the fright of his life

The reigning world snooker champion, Stephen Hendry, was taken to the very precipice of defeat by his 29th-seeded opponent in the world championship at the Crucible here last night.

Plan me a city where politicians and poets can talk dangerously The passing of a poet, and the crucible of our ideas

NORMAN MacCaig, the poet, died last week. The discourtesy is unlike him. There was an unspoken hope around that he had given way to entreaties and - after a long, ironic gaze at the petitioners - agreed to live for ever.

LETTER:Daniel's dresser

From Mrs Anne N. McLeod

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Phantom of the paradise

CASPER Brad Silberling (PG) Casper - the Macaulay Culkin of ectoplasm - represents what American adults want from life after death: the possibility of everlasting niceness. By Adam Mars-Jones

Whisper it not in the Crucible ... you're snookered

I sense that television has changed in the past few days. My viewing has taken on a new flavour. Some unseen change has overtaken the programming. In some indefinable way, TV has undergone a tremendous shift, and I can't quite pin it down. Can you help?

`Rocket' lurches into the last eight

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White is cleared in betting inquiry

The cloud hanging over the Embassy World Snooker Championship did not clear yesterday but at least it did not get thicker. Jimmy White was eliminated from an investigation into match-fixing while Peter Francisco must wait to see if he too will be exonerated.
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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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