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Quick on his feet: Cable in his Twickenham constituency

Vince Cable: an aura of quiet authority

A year ago, Vince Cable was told he was too old to lead the Liberal Democrats. But since standing aside, he has fast become the trusted, straight-talking prophet of recession.

Inside Profiles

Ed Miliband: 'I try to do the right things, from energy saving light bulbs, to turning the television off standby, to recycling'

Ed Miliband: You Ask The Questions

Monday, 15 December 2008

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change answers your questions, such as 'How have you lightened your carbon footprint?' and 'Do you want to be PM?'

Join the dots: Norman and Hirst in 1995. She painted the very first spots in his famous series

Maia Norman: Move over, darling

Sunday, 14 December 2008

She is Damien Hirst's partner, and enjoys all the trappings of life with one of the world's most bankable artists, but now Maia Norman wants to find fame on her own terms: as designer of a new high-octane fashion range

Mickey Rooney: 'like a terrier on heat'

Mickey Rooney: The Mickey show

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Mickey Rooney has eight wives and 320 films to his name. So why is the 'greatest actor America has ever seen' playing second fiddle to Bobby Davro in a West Country panto? Nick Duerden is granted an audience

'You are, as a presenter, always vulnerable,' Edward Stourton said before his sacking

Edward Stourton: Bolt from the blue

Sunday, 14 December 2008

After 10 years on the 'Today' programme, the BBC presenter found out he was being dropped – but only when The Independent on Sunday called him.

'If I went to Twickenham or Lord's or Wembley and did my kind of commentary I would get garrotted,' says Waddell

Sid Waddell: The Lynemouth Lip who always hits the target

Sunday, 14 December 2008

He's the Voice of Darts but so much more – a sprint champion, Cambridge graduate, writer of a BBC1 hit... and singer with the Steaming Hot Gravyboatmen.

Double act: Dockrill (right) says that she assumes the 'wife' role in her relationship with Nash

How We Met: Kate Nash & Laura Dockrill

Sunday, 14 December 2008

'She had this frame saying "magical" with a picture of me inside. It seemed a bit stalkerish'

Credo: Carolina Herrera

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Fashion designer, 69

Most fantabulously, a Liverpudlian artist has recast Cole as a weeping
Angel of the North, beneficently dabbing her eyes over the sins of X Factor

Cheryl Cole: Angel of the North

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Millions will tune in to the climax of 'The X Factor' tonight – in large part because of the Geordie judge who herself embodies the quest for fame

Samantha Bond

My Secret Life: Samantha Bond, Actress, 47

Saturday, 13 December 2008

The home I grew up in ... Was a flat just on the Barnes side of Hammersmith Bridge. It had a communal garden that ran the length of the street and overlooked the river, where all the children played together. It was absolutely fantastic.

Nicky Gumbel: 'The great moral issue facing us is that 30,000 children are dying every day of starvation'

The meaning of life by the Reverend Nicky Gumbel

Saturday, 13 December 2008

The Reverend Nicky Gumbel is described as the most influential vicar in England, and perhaps the world. From Brompton Road to Beijing, millions have attended his Alpha Course. But would Deborah Orr be converted?

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