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From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.

Kanye West and a heavily pregnant Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball in May. They have reportedly called their baby daughter Kaidence Donda.

The only way is up: Kim Kardashian and Kanye name their baby daughter North West

Hollywood royalty give their child a name that has all of Manchester smiling

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A scene from ‘Psycho’ recreated by James Franco for his show Psycho Nacirema

Humour leavens James Franco's art show 'Psycho Nacirema' that takes a dark look at Hitchcock classic

James Franco – actor, author, director, sex symbol, Oscars show host and now artist – may have disappointed the audience at a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the weekend by not appearing in drag. If you want to see Franco in a dress you’ll have to visit his multimedia installation Psycho Nacirema at the Pace Gallery in Soho.

Invisible Ink: No 176 - Jack Trevor Story

There's nothing like a provocative title, and Hitler Needs You came from an author who always operated outside his comfort zone. Jack Trevor Story was asked why he hadn't yet written an autobiography and replied: "What do you think I've been doing all these years?" When he did finally write one, it was called Dwarf Goes To Oxford. His fantastic narratives came directly from a dark, rambunctious life.

Sheridan Smith, who was surprised to receive the leading actress award for her role in 'Mrs Biggs' (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

‘Don’t cry, you look like a kn*b’ – Sheridan Smith sobs and swears her way through Bafta TV acceptance speech

The award for most surprised winner at last night’s British Academy Television Awards went to Sheridan Smith.

Google Doodle celebrates work of graphic designer Saul Bass with video tribute

Honour for the man behind some of Hollywood's most famous opening sequences on what would have been his 93rd birthday

Fireworks explode from the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Olympic Opening Ceremony in line for TV Baftas

Danny Boyle's impressive Olympic opening ceremony and the spoof sitcom inspired by the Games are both in the running for TV Bafta Awards.

Rodovan Zivny puts the finishing touches to his sand sculpture of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings films

In pictures: Batman, The Godfather and Captain Jack Sparrow sculpted in the sands of Weston-super-Mare

Hollywood-themed Sand Sculpture Festival kicks off this weekend

Great Dane: Sofie Grabol from 'The Killing'

Queens of Scandi crime: can stars of Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge find a wider international audience?

Four Scandinavian actresses have achieved international acclaim playing strong female characters in hit TV drama series. But can they cross the subtitle barrier and find a wider international audience?

The Weekend's Viewing: Kevin Eldon can make a dumb joke and a clever one simultaneously, a trick he pulled off more than once

It's Kevin, Sun, BBC2 // The Lady Vanishes, Sun, BBC1 // In the Flesh, Sun, BBC3

Secrecy, By Rupert Thomson

A sinister and sombre Florence gives an uncannily gifted novelist his latest stage.

Hitch trials: Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as the actress Tippi Hedren

BBC should apologise for misrepresenting Sir Alfred Hitchcock, says author

Tony Lee Moral accuses the corporation of portraying the influential film director as a 'lascivious letch' in Christmas drama, The Girl

First-class return: Selina Cadell as Miss Froy and Tuppence Middleton as Iris Carr in BBC1’s remake of ‘The Lady Vanishes’

The Lady Vanishes: Full scream ahead for the master's mystery woman

Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes has been remade

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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