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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Janet Street-Porter: I'd be a lousy MP – and so would Esther

It's damage limitation time. David Cameron demands an immediate General Election to lance the festering boil that threatens to harm democracy, and Michael Martin steps down as Speaker. MPs will be creeping back to their constituencies tomorrow to face the music, hoping that once parliament is in recess we might tire of the expenses saga – fat chance.

DJ Taylor: Contemporary prophets

H G Wells and J G Ballard may have belonged to different worlds, but Al Murray the Pub Landlord could almost be an eminent Victorian

Knickers to the crunch: Agent Provocateur plays it risky with its latest, darkly erotic ad

The lingerie company Agent Provocateur has never played it safe – could that be why it's bucked the economic downturn, Rhiannon Harries asks founder, Joe Corre

One-click Wonder: Banned!

Angelina Jolie has found herself banished from UK screens after a TV spot plugging the DVD release of her film Wanted was pulled for glamorising violence. Here we unearth other famous ads to have incurred the watchdogs’ wrath...

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Pandora: Archer goes for on-screen 'Glory'

If Jack Straw presses ahead with plans to ban former convicts from the House of Lords, Jeffrey Archer may well find himself at something of a loose end.

Fashion: Get your knickers out

You might have thought big pants should have started and ended with Bridget Jones, but somehow high-waisted undies seem to be everywhere. And this isn't thermal underwear to combat the below-zero weather conditions; we are talking big knickers worn as outerwear, as a fashion statement, with nothing over them.

Yea to leave 3i after investments fall by a fifth

Philip Yea, the chief executive of 3i, is stepping down from the UK's biggest venture capital company after revealing yesterday that its investments plunged in value by a fifth during the last quarter of 2008.

Pandora: Sir Ben rules out a return to the stage

Unlike many of his Hollywood contemporaries, Sir Ben Kingsley has no urge to unleash the creative juices by treading the London boards.

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Why the sex trade flourishes

Men my age, confused about their role, use prostitutes most

The visionaries: Meet the men who predicted the crash

They predicted the credit crunch, foresaw the rise of organic food, and even anticipated our appetite for fancy knickers... meet the forward-thinkers who can now declare to a once-sceptical world, 'told you so!'

Pandora: Chapman buy causes controversy at the Tate

Trouble at Tate Britain, where the gallery's modish director Sir Nicholas Serota is under renewed fire over the use of its budget.

Sex doctor: Screen loving (and how to escape fromits shadow)

From the day we're born, our subconscious starts formulating a "sexual blueprint" that's influenced by everything we hear, see and experience about sex. These blueprints start forming with the feel of a mother's nipple in our mouths and accumulate with both random, "flash" experiences (a two-year-old's glimpse of a neighbour's stocking) and deliberate sexual encounters (our first experience of hands on breasts).

Sleeping around: A big issue

'Women often say that size doesn't matter, but this is just a white lie'
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee