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Breaking my silence about Clement Freud's abuse was like a rebirth — Ahead of National Treasure, the new Channel 4 drama exploring historic sex crimes, Sylvia Woosley explains how coming forward about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Sir Clement Freud, finally freed her When Clement Freud died in 2009, Sylvia Woosley felt nothing. "Neither hot nor cold," she says.

Faintings, stage invasions: how the Beatles invented the cult of female fandom — Mass stage invasions, faintings, hospitalisations - The Beatles were the first boy band, before anyone had thought of the term. The marvellous, timeless songs might also have had something to do with it. By 1966, the clamour around them had become so great that it was impossible for the group to tour.

Derren Brown knows what will REALLY make you happy — Having convinced an unwitting member of the public that they had pushed someone to their death, played Russian roulette on television and apparently healed the sick by dint of "a miracle", Derren Brown has turned his attention to a thornier problem - how to be happy.

Inside Mandalay, David Bowie's magical Mustique holiday home — The villa: Although this is the house that David Bowie built, it is a property inhabited by two spirits: that of the rock star and of the exuberantly eccentric publisher and poet Felix Dennis , who bought the house from the singer in 1995 , and owned it until his death in 2014 .

How the Sixties changed our lives forever — A new exhibition at the V&A shows how the hedonism of the 1960s left its impact on the way we live now As far as can be established, Che Guevara, Argentinian medical student turned Cuban revolutionary, never met Lesley Hornby, the former hairdresser's assistant from Neasden turned Sixties supermodel Twiggy.

Did Mother Teresa really perform miracles? — This weekend sees Mother Teresa's long-awaited canonisation in Rome. In 2003, Mick Brown travelled to West Bengal to investigate the miracle that set her on the path to sainthood. As if to reflect the spirit of simplicity and self-denial in which she led her life, the tomb of Mother Teresa is strikingly austere.

Kenneth Branagh on Brexit, battling the blues, the last time he cried - and his biggest film flop (that cost Hollywood $45million) — As an actor, director, theatre manager, you might argue that Kenneth Branagh is in the business of emotionally moving people. But what, you might wonder, moves Branagh himself? In the offices of the rehearsal studio where he is preparing for a new production of John Osborne's play The Entertainer, Branagh gives the question some thought.

Woodstock Festival: Where did the peace and love go? — Forty-seven years on, Mick Brown reveals how the hippie dream peddled by the Woodstock Festival was doomed to fail. It is perhaps ironic that the artist who, for many, most defines the Woodstock Festival was not actually there.

‘We’re not supposed to live forever’ — It was once said of Don DeLillo that he was a writer with an "ostentatiously gloomy view of American society". He disagrees, although he acknowledges that his work has seldom offered "comfort". Provocation, pleasure in the play of language and ideas - yes. But comfort, no.

The BFG actor Mark Rylance on Marlon Brando, the Oscars, meeting his wife on-set - and why he REALLY snubbed Steven Spielberg — As anybody who watched him playing the role of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII, in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall will know, Mark Rylance has an extraordinary way with silence. The pause, the almost imperceptible shifts in facial expression that seemed to contain an infinity of possible thoughts, meanings and interpretations.
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Sep 26, 2016

RT @BennyWenda: Find out more about the life and work of Benny Wenda at his official website  #WestPapua

Sep 26, 2016

RT @TomChivers: this is pretty extraordinary (old, obviously, but I hadn't seen it before I don't think) 

Sep 25, 2016

RT @1michaelgray1: Sorry to hear of the death of Buckwheat Zydeco (from lung cancer):  He & group did a pretty good…

Sep 23, 2016

RT @Dolphin_Project: Taiji: Bottlenose dolphins will spend the night at the cove. 2016.09.23 - 6:20pm #DolphinProject

Sep 22, 2016

Poignant and pertinent piece on the decline of the foreign correspondent by the great @colinfreeman99 

Sep 21, 2016

RT @MichaelPDeacon: Jeremy Corbyn says that as PM he'll appoint a "minister for peace and disarmament" who "will pursue these things around the world"

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