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Have you ever admired a work of art on a gallery wall and wanted to put a face to the artist? If so, there's a new exhibition in Edinburgh just for you
JAMIE'S BEST EVER CHRISTMAS
Channel 4 Monday and Tuesday, 9pm
CHRISTMAS WITH GORDON (Pt 1)
Channel 4 Wednesday, 8pm
NIGEL SLATER'S SIMPLE SUPPERS
BBC2 Wednesday, 7.05pm
David Grossman's novel on Israel's troubles is informed by his son's frontline death. He tells LEE RANDALL why he still believes in peace
ONE OF the central plot points of Tamara Drewe, the Posy Simmonds' graphic novel that is about to be released as a film, is the eponymous character's nose job. It's a classic "But Miss Jones! You're beautiful!" moment, for afterwards, well, afterwards, she's Gemma Arterton.
WEATHER aside, this is one of my favourite times of year to live in Edinburgh. It is a tremendous privilege to reside in the city playing host to such a wealth of eccentricity, talent and outright insanity. It feels, though I'll whisper it, a bit like being back in New York City.
Setting sail on a voyage of scented discovery, searching for the perfect fragrance is as much a gut feeling as what goes on inside your nose, but expert advice can make the whole process a positive pleasure with the perfect pong at the end, finds Lee Randall
THOSE of you who are reading this and who are based in Edinburgh will have noticed that there are a lot of extra bodies floating around town. OK, not floating, so much as careening off each other like greasepainted skittles.
Ever wonder how a comic constructs an act? How they layer and time riffs to generate laughs or howls of outrage? If so, you're in luck. In How I Escaped My Certain Fate, Stewart Lee offers the ultimate insider's guide to the process.
MOST things in my life defy logic. This is highly ironic, since I consider myself ultra-rational - except when I'm ultra-emotional.
Stand-up Mark Watson tells LEE RANDALL how a neat Scrabble move inspired his third novel
RODDY Martine is a familiar face on the Edinburgh scene, thanks, in a large part, to a career that's found him editing, or writing for publications such as The Scotsman, The Edinburgh Evening News, The Herald, The Sunday Times, and Scottish Field, to name just a few.
TECHNOLOGICALLY SPEAKING, I'm more of a late bloomer than an early adopter. So I'm just getting around to Skype.
He talks fast, but Robin Ince thinks even faster. Midway through a sentence he leaps two ahead, but such is his intelligence that he never loses his train of thought. If you're on his wavelength, you'll find he makes perfect sense, even if he veers wildly off the topic of his latest book.
AS The Beatles put it, there are places I remember all my life - places that I have fallen in love with, though not always at first sight.
THOSE who follow me on Twitter (@randallwrites) know I'm a fan of Bravo's smut-and-gore-fest show Spartacus.
IN THE same way that Lorelei Lee was always looking for new places to wear diamonds, this Lee is always looking for new places to stow books. If there was a 12-step programme for my addiction – oh what am I saying, I'd never join. Nothing on earth would compel me to stand before a room full of red-eyed obsessives and proclaim: "Hello. My name is Lee, and I'm a compulsive over-reader."
SO VANESSA Feltz has gone and had herself fitted with a gastric band, in order to lose roughly four or five stone.
IN THE same way that Lorelei Lee was always looking for new places to wear diamonds, this Lee is always looking for new places to stow books.