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A day in high heels (by a man): Why Cannes must change its 'flats' policy

Women had been turned away from red carpet events for not wearing heels

Angela Hartnett interview: The chef and restaurateur on critics, customer complaints, and kitchen camaraderie

Hartnett, found fame as a protégée of Gordon Ramsay and won her first Michelin star in 2004

Electric ladyland: Is the real virtual reality space-race being fought not by games companies, but high-tech pornographers?

Systems like Oculus Rift are set to transform the world of video gaming

Naomie Harris interview: The James Bond star on playing Winnie Mandela, fitting in at Cambridge and singalong Sound of Music nights

The British actress is best known for playing Moneypenny in the most recent Bond film, 'Skyfall', and Winnie Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Amanda Holden interview: The actor and presenter on Phillip Schofield, David Walliams, and not being picked on Blind Date

Holden, 44, made her name on TV series 'Cutting It' and has appeared on a host of TV programmes since. She is now a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent', co-presents 'This Morning'

Unease over police trial of hi-tech DNA machines amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed

The RapidHIT machines remove the need for forensic expertise

Postcard from... Tsuyama

The fleeting visit of the spring blossom to Japan is a major event in the country’s calendar.

'420 Day' pro-cannabis rally at Hyde Park, London

4/20 Hyde Park: Marijuana users descend on London park for annual smoke-in

Tokers and jokers gather for serious talk on drug laws

About 100 million sharks are slaughtered each year, mostly to meet demand from affluent Chinese for shark fin soup

Illegal shark fins discovered at exclusive London Chinese restaurant

The stock has been confiscated and destroyed by Trading Standards

Lou Direito interview: KFC's development chef on the challenge of chicken, and the Colonel's heavily-guarded secret recipe

Direito has worked in the food industry for 17 years and oversees the development of products including dipped bites, the Godfather burger and pulled chicken

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?