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Senior News Writer — Guardian
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Senior news writer at The Guardian.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: the thriving culture of pub Christmas carols — Shortly before 8.30pm, as the Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor on the western edge of Sheffield is beginning to fill up with animated winter drinkers, someone arrives with a small electronic keyboard and sets it on a table near the bay window. "What's that strange contraption?" jokes one of the regulars near the front.

Together nearly 49 years - married at last after civil partnership conversion — It was hardly the most evocative of locations - an empty, overlit office space with on the 17th floor of ugly concrete towerblock that is home to Westminster Council - but when the moment came, with the late afternoon sunshine casting the panelled ceiling and carpet tiles in a luminous gold, Percy Steven confessed to a flicker of nerves and an unexpected lump in his throat.

Party leaders send out Christmas greetings - and political messages - in festive cards — What would Nick Clegg look like sporting a Santa hat and posing with his wife under a pair of antlers festooned with holly? Wonder no more. With that image, and a strip of three others captured in a photobooth, the Lib Dem leader on Friday wished friends and supporters a merry Christmas and, no doubt, a 2015 full of considerably greater successes than the sceptics had predicted.

Nigel Farage’s Christmas card depicts white van driving over party leaders — It is barely December, but why hang about? With the advent of advent, politicians' thoughts begin to turn to the mantelpieces of their supporters, and the images of good cheer and subtle pleas for backing with which they can be adorned.

Myleene Klass: from tabloid pin-up to political interrogator — During the 14 years in which she has been moderately or, at times and in some circles, very famous, Myleene Klass has known her fair share of career peaks and troughs.

NBC pulls Bill Cosby sitcom amid renewed sexual assault allegations — A new sitcom billed as a multi-generational "family comedy" has become the highest-profile casualty of the renewed swirl of rape allegations against the comedy star Bill Cosby after NBC confirmed that it has decided to scrap the project. NBC's decision not to move forward with the pilot takes the storm that has been gathering around Cosby to a new force factor.

Pussy Riot members join whistleblower foundation backed by Julian Assange — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, two members of the Pussy Riot collective, have agreed to sit on the advisory board of an international whistleblower organisation of which Julian Assange is a trustee, after meeting the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Bird decline poses loss not just for environment, but human soul — 'That's a buzzard!" says Richard Gregory, gesturing at a tall birch tree stump 50 metres or so away, from which a flapping streak of brown and white has just disappeared. "That was a buzzard. That's one of the ones I was telling you about. It's back."

What kind of Nigeria will the Chibok girls come back to? — The news that the Nigerian government and Boko Haram had reached a deal that would secure the release of the Chibok girls was received with excitement all over the world. I landed in Nigeria the day the news broke, and my phone was flooded with texts and messages to the effect of "Have you heard?".

Lauren Laverne: ‘More charisma than any woman presenter of her generation’ — Lauren Laverne's big break came when Bob Stanley stumbled across her band Kenickie's single in a record shop, loved what he heard, and called the number on the sleeve. Laverne was the band's lead singer and, this being the mid-1990s, it was her home phone number.
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