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Despite my obsession with Game of Thrones and Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians right now, I am still televisually smitten with MTV’s Catfish. The show that exposes online love fraudsters. The throwaway youth TV show that one’s mind just cannot throw away. Instead, one sits post- episode genuinely saddened that our human need to love and be loved is so destructive. Or that  the earth’s supply of gullible optimists may well be infinite.

Rajvinder Kaur jailed for murdering mother-in-law with rolling pin

A woman who bludgeoned her mother-in-law to death in a frenzied rage using a rolling pin has been told she will spend at least 11 years behind bars.

Cerca do Sul is surrounded by lawns and an orchard

B&B And Beyond: Cerca do Sul, Alentejo, Portugal

This charming guesthouse is the perfect base for exploring the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, says Susannah Osborne

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, National Gallery, London

Titian undergoes a titillating transformation 

Woman admits breaking Simon Cowell's window

A 30-year-old woman has admitted smashing a window at music supremo Simon Cowell's London home with a broken brick.

Her indoors:
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business
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vital to the
future of big
hotel brands,
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Mark Jones: This masculine business needs a feminine touch

Something to Declare

Domestic, Brighton Festival

Strange things are happening in The Basement, Brighton’s buzzy home for avant-garde theatre.

Elemental Herbology Perfect Clarity Blemish Minimiser, £24, asos.com

How To Be Beautiful: Blemish treatments

One unexpected benefit of passing from teenage years into adulthood is that, if you're lucky, 10 per cent of your brain is no longer wasted on the daily monitoring of spots. The period of grace before that same 10 per cent is diverted to wrinkle-watch may be woefully brief, but since lines progress imperceptibly, it's impossible to maintain a vigil of the same intensity.

Reprieve as dry weekend predicted

Flood-hit areas of Britain can expect a reprieve from recent heavy downpours after forecasters predicted a dry weekend for most of the country.

One of Number Thirty Eight's stylish bedrooms

B&B and beyond: Number Thirty Eight, Clifton, Bristol

A Georgian house perched on top of one of Bristol's highest hills has been given a new lease of life, says Christopher Wakling

Woman held in custody over Cowell break-in

A woman accused of breaking into Simon Cowell's mansion wielding a brick has appeared in court.

Simon Cowell has waved goodbye to Paula Abdul, Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger

Custody for Simon Cowell 'trespasser'

A woman appeared in court today accused of breaking in to Simon Cowell's home wielding a broken brick.

Sally and Mark Bailey outside one of the converted barns where they sell their unique, custom-made garden tools and household goods

Little shop of hoarders: Baileys Home Store will have you buying up balls of string by the dozen

I'm not a great shopper. So it was quite a surprise this week to find myself more than a hundred miles from home, in a barn, now remodelled as Baileys Home Store, shopping like mad. This particular barn – pinkish Herefordshire stone, tarred clapboard, slate roof – is the sort of place where you walk in and say "I want one of everything". Even if you've already got several of the same at home. Never have oak plant labels stacked in a basket looked so good. Set dressing is a great art and Mark and Sally Bailey do it brilliantly: old wooden wheelbarrows, wooden sledges and wooden ladders are the background props for a mixture of vintage, recycled and new goods, all chosen because they are simple, useful and beautiful. Plastic? Don't even mention the word.

The curves of Dome House reflect the shape of the Cumbrian hills

B&B and Beyond: Dome House, Cumbria

Viewers of 'Grand Designs' may recognise this striking project, but probably not as a B&B. Rhiannon Batten checks in

The sky's the limit: Falaknuma Palace's grand façade

24-hour Room Service: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad's heavenly palace shines again.

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A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
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Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
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The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
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Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn