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Ruby Dee obituary

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The actor and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, who has died aged 91, played an important part in the struggle for equality for African Americans, both inside and outside show business.

How to eat: a cream tea

Scone Cream Tea

Is it jam or cream first? Clotted or whipped cream, strawberry or raspberry jam? Are fruit scones ever acceptable? And do we really need to eat it off vintage crockery?

Verdi, Royal Albert Hall

Verdi Italian Kitchen

The best concert that I ever saw was by ‘The Reverend’ Al Green. It wasn’t just his angel-like voice, or extensive back catalogue of soul classics, but the setting – three rows from the front, in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall – that made the experience somewhat akin to a musical epiphany.

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Top 10 Christmas books

From A Christmas Carol to The Snowman, Matt Haig picks the books that will put even the most bah-humbuggiest Scrooge into a festive mood