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James McAvoy (left), in Welcome to the Punch

Rise of the Nonsensical Film Titles: and these people employ screenwriters...?

There’s no clearer indicator of the fact that you’re getting older than moaning about grammatical inconsistencies in pop songs. But thanks to three new or forthcoming films, my entry into grumpy old womanhood has been assured.

International Women’s Day: what’s on in the United, er, Queendom

If you think Trending has thrown its weight behind International Women’s Day, you should see what the rest of the country is doing.

Spring: Britain's Instagram bloom

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is? Well, I don’t know about the precise location of the first cuckoo of 2013, but I do know where all the blossom is... on Instagram. The photo-sharing social network has become the new harbinger of the season, with everyone uploading pictures of trees in bloom.

Ambition is not a stick to beat anyone with, least of all Mo Farah and his family

I am VERY ambitious - and proud of it. Nobody should feel that they are worth no more than settling for what they have

Lara Croft: from shy girl to Tomb Raider

The latest Tomb Raider game is an origins story. Rebecca Armstrong meets games scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett, who had the task of bringing a vulnerable 21-year-old Lara Croft to the masses

Why Google Glass leaves me feeling half-empty

Isn't there something squeamish about wearing a pair of spectacles that distort reality?

The idea of keepinf your tattoo nice and moist

Niche industry alert: tattoo aftercare

When I was a daft young thing who thought there was nothing cooler than getting tattoos in provincial tattoo parlours (yes, I have the indelible proof), the aftercare of my inkings was a fairly rudimentary thing. Cover it with clingfilm, then apply Preparation H cream.

Thrilled to pieces: 'The Jigsaw Puzzle Murder' by Walter Eberhardt

How crime fiction has moved on

An exhibition at the British Library explores the A-Z of the classic whodunit

The “stars” on ITV’s The Big Reunion

Saluting The Big Reunion's big refuseniks

Fleetwood Mac have had a number over the years; Take That's was a masterclass in money making; East 17’s went south fast. Reunions can be soaraway successes or damp squibs, but that doesn’t stop bands  reheating their acts for  another taste of fame.

I'd love to have a pet dog - but lack of space, work (and a cat) get in the way

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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering