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Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You” (Tomorrow Island)

Could Frosties' Tony the Tiger influence what adults eat?

Study suggests childhood advertising mascots such as Tony and Ronald McDonald can have influence over the way people consider food as adults

Joe (left), 26, and partner Will; the couple has been together for almost four years

The key to a happy relationship? Be gay. Or childless. Or make tea

A study of modern-day love has revealed that, generally, homosexual couples are more content than heterosexual ones – and that actions really do speak louder than words

It is the Belgians who have truly embraced the humble frite

Postcard from... Brussels

The News Matrix: Tuesday 14 January 2014

UK yet to harness full female potential

Sir Ian McKellen joined Nobel-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto in formulating the demand

27 Nobel laureates join Sir Ian McKellen to protest over Russia's gay ‘propaganda’ ban

In an open letter to President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people given exclusively to The Independent, they speak out against homophobic legislation which activists say has led to violence and even suicides among gay people

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson in Sherlock

Sherlock phenomenon a 'vanity project' says creator Steven Moffat

The popular BBC detective show began life as a 'surprise hit' that took off

No really, happiness is a nearby park

Green spaces offer urban dwellers well-being that lasts longer than a lottery win

Former Labour spin supremo Alastair Campbell to join GQ as chief interviewer

Tony Blair's one-time director of communications hopes to bring "a bit of lefty influence" to the magazine

New software makes your pictures more memorable without changing your face

Algorithims created by examining 'facial memorability' database could be used to improve your chances in a job application

Game of Thrones series four

Game of Thrones season 4 first trailer: 'The war's not won'

The teaser for the new series is all freshly-forged swords and middle distances stares

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock, TV review: 'Series 3 finale delivers the goods'

A dizzying trip round Baker Street’s patriotic front

Entry Island, by Peter May - book review: New detective investigates age-old injustices

There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Book review: 'The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House' by Ben Highmore

When considering writing a history of the house, modern, British, or otherwise, there must come a moment when the author realises, possibly with a sinking feeling, that they have to go one of two ways. They can either lead their readers up the garden path, through the front door, down the hall and so on, or they can refuse to conform to domestic geography and use another conceit to showcase their learning. Ben Highmore’s book takes the first approach, and leads us from room to room like an unusually erudite estate agent, pointing out the interesting features. In the living room, we see the mantelpiece, where for much of the past century people kept their ornaments, letters and odds and ends. Now, the fridge door is replacing it as somewhere to put things that don’t really have a home. The changing fortunes of wallpaper are charted as it slides up and down the social scale.

Book review: 'Boxer Handsome' by Anna Whitwham

Anna Whitwham’s debut novel doesn’t pull its punches. It opens with a fight on a canal path between two amateur boxers scrapping over a girl, and one ends up bottling the other. So much for the Corinthian spirit – this is more like potato spirit in a jam jar.

Invisible Ink: No 206 - the Disney authors

As we know from Saving Mr Banks, Walt Disney was good at persuading authors that he could turn their treasured works into films, but Pamela Travers was not his only conquest. Nobody now remembers the Swiss beekeeping pastor Johann David Wyss, but in the late 18th century he was so impressed by Robinson Crusoe that he wrote a book for his children which would act as an adventure and a series of life lessons.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

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