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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


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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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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