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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.

House Doctor: 'Will adding an extension help us find a buyer for our house?'

Question: We put our house on the market in mid-2010 for £175,000-ish but got absolutely nowhere, although plenty viewed and said they liked it.

The Bargain Hunter: The big Blue Cross sale

This week saw the launch of yet another Blue Cross sale at Debenhams, with up to 70 per cent off products across the store. Some of the best savings are to be found in the homewares department, with items such as the Bergen bonded leather recliner, reduced from £500 to £224, an Amelia bathroom towel set, down from £32 to £9.60, and the Clusterdown orthopaedic contoured pillow, reduced from £36 to £10.80, proving the top-selling items so far. Head over to for a full list of discounts.

Women crew to join submarines

The US Navy selected four submarines yesterday to carry the first women to serve aboard what had been the last class of American naval vessel off-limits to them.

Murder accused tells court vicar 'touched him inappropriately'

A former altar boy accused of killing and chopping up an elderly vicar he lodged with said today he had touched him inappropriately while having a bath.

Love triangle man 'disappeared without trace'

A 60-year-old man "disappeared without trace" after becoming involved in a love triangle with a woman half his age, the Old Bailey heard today.

Stuntman banned from Empire State Building

A TV daredevil who tried to parachute off New York's Empire State Building can not set foot in the landmark again, a court ruled.

In The Red: 'This time I'm definitely selling my flat – I think'

Right. Deep breaths. Here we go: I think I want to sell my flat. I’m not, it has to be said, 100% sure. But I’m fairly certain, so there you go; that’s about as much of a definite statement as you can hope for from a chronically indecisive commitment phobe like me. In fact, this is one of the reasons I want to sell. So that I can rent. So that I’m not tied down. So that I can up and leave at a moment’s (or, at least, a few months’) notice.

May Day holiday is a washout

Today's may Day bank holiday is forecast to be cold and wet. After the third sunniest April in 100 years, May has ushered in a national washout, with the heavy downpours that began on Friday evening continuing through the weekend. Temperatures slid below freezing in parts of the north.

Rhiannon Harries: Homedad reveals the truth behind the stay-home dads

Whether you're a full-time mum or a childless nine-to-fiver, you've doubtless heard of Mumsnet, the online forum where mothers – and the occasional father – swap baking tips and interrogate the PM. But were you aware of its male-oriented counterpart, Homedad? Politicians might be lavishing their attentions on the mums, but given that research published last Wednesday revealed that the number of stay-at- home dads in the UK has increased tenfold in the past decade, they might be missing a trick by ignoring this burgeoning demographic.

The Ape (NC)

The week's other Swedish movie is a disconcerting study in evasiveness. A man named Krister (Olle Sarri) wakes up on his bathroom floor covered in blood, and, willing himself not to investigate, goes to work: he's a driving instructor, though his volatile temper suggests you wouldn't want to be in a car with him.

The ten best bathroom scales

Chosen by Clementine Logan

Toilet tale flushed out of Johnson

Glen Johnson might be England and Liverpool's first-choice right-back earning £120,000-a-week and 11 months from playing in a World Cup finals – but to some people he will always be the bloke who stole a toilet seat from B&Q.

Simon Rice: A shower of lies from London 2012 organisers

"It is not raining in London 94 per cent of the time, rumours of our wetness are greatly exaggerated." said Boris Johnson today.

How to create the perfect bathroom

Make the most of small spaces with brilliant basins, trendy taps and chic cupboards, says Kate Watson-Smyth
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Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt) after his son Olly disappeared on a family holiday in France

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

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Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

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Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

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