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Singer Laura Mvula on why she, like many black women, shaves her head

How did one of Britain's few openly gay actors come to specialise in playing the archetypal bloke? Being Human and Him & Her star Russell Tovey reveals all to Simon Hattenstone Photograph: Julian Anderson for the Guardian

Bridget Christie becomes only third woman ever to win best comedy show at Edinburgh Festival

A Gloucester-born feminist has beaten off six others to be given the award for best comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival.<p>Bridget Christie becomes …

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IN A corner of the immaculate lawn of Mt Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, lies a long tombstone adorned with fresh …

Grim to be gay

SINCE Russia was awarded the 2014 Winter Olympics, it has had to deal with everything from cost overruns to the historical grievances of the …

Farewell, Philip French: After 50 years as the Observer's film critic is retiring. Here he talks about his life and career and answers questions from readers and film-makers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach Plus Martin Scorsese pays tribute Photograph: Richard Saker for the Observer

How to make the perfect bean burgers

Bean burgers are one of those meat-free dishes, like Glamorgan sausages or nut roasts, which suffer unfairly from comparison with what us omnivores like to term "the real thing".<p>While I'm not wild about the idea of mock meat, these are all foods that don't need to piggyback on any better-known …

Woman Found Alive Two Weeks After Her Own Funeral

The family of Sharolyn Jackson was sure they had buried their loved one earlier this month. At the viewing, people thought her nose looked a little …


Alpine hotels with spas: four of the best

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Countless Pens Used to Draw Detailed Animals Portraits

New Jersey-based illustrator Tim Jeffs has spent the past year trying to draw intricately detailed animal portraits with nothing more than pens and ink. Originally completing the spectacular sketchbook drawings as a pastime, Jeffs' son Harrison decided to share his dad's meticulous craft on reddit. …


Forget Your Phone

This video made the rounds yesterday, tugging at heartstrings and giving us all in the Era Of Communication a bit of a kick in the buttocks. It shows a woman who forgot her phone. The premise is hokey at best, but it still tells us something about ourselves these past few years. Our world is …

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Can I transfer all my data from one Samsung phone to another?

A reader knows how to transfer contacts, but what about photos, videos and text messages?<p><i>I am trying to move the data from my Samsung Galaxy S2 to my new S4. My Contacts are linked to my gmail but what I also need is to move the photos, videos and text messages from both my regular text service and</i> …

Jennifer Hudson, Selena Gomez & More Celebrity Twitter Pictures (PHOTOS)

Spike Lee, Avril Lavigne, and more of the week’s best celebrity Twitter photos.