Agenda: The Cowshed Spa; Ollie Dabbous; The Stew House; Scissor Sisters; Margin Call

 

Fashion: Oil for one, one for oil

The Cowshed Spa's Grumpy Cow massage could be just the ticket to dispel some of those January blues. Not that you have to be grumpy to deserve a treatment - the massage-oil range also includes Lazy, Knackered, Wild, Moody and Horny Cow variants. In each case, the oils will soothe the joints and muscles, while the spa’s award-winning surroundings will help appease even the most vigorous of seasonal affective disorders. £70 for 60-minute session; see cowshedonline.com for spa locations

Face to watch: Ollie Dabbous

This twentysomething chef, formerly in charge at the Michelin-starred Texture, is about to put his name where his talent is with his own hotly anticipated restaurant/bar Dabbous. From 16 January, 39 Whitfield Street, London W1

Social networking: Match the tweet to the star

Ricky Gervais, Rupert Murdoch, Ellen Barkin, Ian 'H' Watkins

1 NY cold and empty, even central park. Nice!

2 The only valid form of censorship is a person's right not to listen. Don't ban someone you think is an idiot. Let them prove it

3 "Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect."

4 The fortune in my fortune cookie said "Character is the cornerstone of success" I think my cookie is stale.

Answers at the bottom of the page

App watch: Band Boss

Out-svengle the svengalis with this intriguing new simulation game which allows you to channel your inner Cowell and try your hand at managing a solo musician or band on the road to chart-topping success/cruise-ship-crooning ruin. High-waisted trousers not included. 69p from iTunes store

Lexpionage: Treejectory, n.

The arc at which the Christmas spruce, post-12 days of Santa, is launched from the bay window to the street corner, to lay there till the council picks it up. Pine droppings not included

On the radar: Because some things are still worth getting excited about...

Food: The Stew House

Stuff yourself – and that boring old detox – with some serious comfort eating at this stew-centric pop-up restaurant from creative collective Dead Dolls Club. 19 to 28 January, London E8, thedeaddollsclub.com

Music: Scissor Sisters

We're still a little taken aback by the lithe brilliance of the Sisters' comeback single "Shady Love", an electro-disco-hop odyssey featuring a rapping Jake Shears and diva de nos jours Azealia Banks. bit.ly/vqznQi

Film: Margin Call

Artistic responses to the the global economic crisis don't come more on-the-money than JC Chandor's glass-walled chamber piece tracing the downfall of a Lehman Brothers-style investment bank. Out on Friday.

MATCH THE TWEET: 1. RUPERT MURDOCH; 2. RICKY GERVAIS; 3. IAN ‘H’WATKINS; 4. ELLEN BARKIN

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