Rebecca Armstrong

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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

Join my campaign to make my mum a dog owner

Prince Charles is his hand at TV, guest-editing an episode of the gently fascinating Countryfile next month

Prince Charles's Countryfile - We get a sneak preview

Organic food magnate, humanitarian, heir to the throne, would-be defender of faith, father-in-law to Bucklebury’s most famous export – is there anything Prince Charles can’t do?

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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal