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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

The 50 Best; Fifty ways to drive your lover wild

The path to true love ne'er did run smooth, and chances are you're flummoxed over a last-minute way to prove your passion. Cue The Information's very own team of Cupids, with 50 romantic ideas to ensure your arrow hits the spot. From classic floral tributes to hot-air ballooning and precious gems, your Valentine will be left in no doubt that your heart's in the right place. Guide compiled by Rhiannon Batten, with additional research by Beatrice Hodgkin and Muriel Desaulles

Books: Hark the herald angels whinge

So did your favourite modern authors enjoy their pudding and crackers? Pull the other one, writes Jeremy Lewis

Books: Ace of Spies? More like a Joker

Iron Maze: The Western Secret Service and the Bolsheviks by Gordon Brook-Shepherd Macmillan pounds 20

The history of knickers: Smartie pants

EVERY WOMAN probably owns at least one pair of M&S knickers but, until the end of the 18th century, "decent" women had always gone knickerless.

Made in Britain, and bleak as hell

He made 'Scum', 'The Firm', 'Christine'. His vision was raw and hard. His name was Alan Clarke. By David Thomson

ARTS: AGENT PROVOCATEUR

First Andres Serrano immersed a crucifix in urine, then he took pictures of corpses in a morgue. Now the artist has photographed bodies that are not only alive, but positively throbbing. These images are, he tells Dennis Lim, nothing less than 'A History of Sex'

Dance: Dial "D" for Davies

Nobody enjoys bad dance. Except critics. They don't enjoy it at the time, obviously. But as we think it over in our chauffeur-driven Lexuses on the way home, we rub our hands and sharpen our pencils. Jack Tinker, late lamented theatre critic of The Daily Mail, always looked forward to a night out: "If it's good I'll enjoy it and if it isn't? Well, I'm getting copy, aren't I?"

Expert who likes to court controversy

THERE are not many paediatricians who would have contemplated carrying out a study in which infants were deprived of oxygen, writes Jeremy Laurance. Even the North Staffordshire Hospital Centre's own research ethics committee initially rejected the proposal because of fears about the possible danger to babies involved. But Professor David Southall is used to courting controversy.

Letter: Prescott `smears

I WOULD like to respond to your paper's prominent coverage of criticism of The Sunday Times by John Prescott. You quote Mr Prescott as saying we were trying to smear him and "rubbishing in the gutter" ("Prescott rages at Sunday Times", Independent on Sunday, 15 March).

Sunday Times is trying to smear me, says Prescott

JOHN PRESCOTT last night accused the Sunday Times of planting a reporter in his constituency Labour Party to act as an agent provocateur, influencing allegations and local "tittle-tattle" of sleaze and scandal.

Fashion: mallrats

This spring, fashion looks bright and - if you accessorise with the right chunky gold bracelets and earrings - a touch on the tacky side. Just the thing for cruising your local shopping mall. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Francesca Sorrenti

Law Report: Entrapment by journalists mitigated sentence

Regina v Tonnesson; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (Lord Justice Otton, Mr Justice Wright and Mr Justice Dyson) 17 February 1998

Items and Icons: love tokens

Gentleman's glass backed Swiss watch, `Borgia', pounds 295, and lady's 1930s inspired `Violet' watch, pounds 99, both by Simon Carter, 15 Quadrant Arcade, 80-82 Regent Street, London W1 (0171-287 4363)

Clinton's Crisis: Why America's feminists are strangely muted

Women who might be expected to condemn sexual harassment are going easy on their philandering president

Watch out, Wilbert, I'm coming to get you

Well ... we made it, nearly. Only a few days to go and that's it: another year under the belt, to be sifted for tolerable memories and then filed neatly away in the box marked "What on earth was that all about?"
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us