Extras

Running shoes, check. Lycra leggings, check. Snazzy top, check. But have you got an armband to keep your valuables safe and dry?

Riding high on a Mexican wave

Magnificent ruins, spectacular beaches and an infectious spirit of fiesta: Candida Lloyd raises her margarita to Mexico's Yucatn peninsula and its historical capital, Merida

Sketch: Dobson and Doris let battle commence

GIRL POWER may be on the on the wane in pop, but yesterday it made a dramatic and much-needed reappearance on the Opposition front bench.

Buy Me: Burton menswear

For those men who hate clothes shopping but still want to look good with as little effort as possible, Burton Menswear have come up with the perfect solution. Their newly launched catalogue makes it easy for you to shop not only from home, but also from the safety of your office, by phone or fax. Delivery is to whichever you choose. What could be easier? There's no need to set up an account; just pay by credit card. Delivery is on the next working day following your order.

LA life

'Any woman would get suspicious when you're with a guy who's so hot for you one day that you'd think he was auditioning for a B-movie, and then the next day he'll pass up suspenders and a wonderbra in favour of reading a K-mart catalogue. It didn't make sense.'

Camp!Camp!Camp!

Love! Valour! Compassion! Joe Mantello (15)

Roaring Rusedski stays in with a shout

There was nothing as exotic as sunshine at Wimbledon yesterday, but a full day of play under grey skies restored some order to a tournament in danger of drowning. Despite an early start and extra time, play on the middle Sunday has been decreed once again, a repeat of the People's Day of six years ago when the debenture holders and the regulars had to give way to the common queuers and the Royal Box was invaded by former champions. Tickets, as last time, will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Boom in sales of loyalist regalia

Street fashion: Orange regalia flies out of the shops, as marchers and residents fail to come to terms

Time to get waisted

BELTS have ceased to be just something to hold your trousers up with. Last year they started being a real "yes I must have that" accessory, what with chain belts and all that low-slung business. This year they mutate into fancier stuff altogether, and although (I hope) those ghastly big ornate cowboy-style belts will never become fashionable, we are talking about beady bits, enamel and fringes. Be careful however, the belt should never overtake your outfit. And if you can't afford the Ralph Lauren one in the main pic (you know it's expensive when they say "to order") then you can always get your beading needle out. One final style point: as last year, belts are still fairly low slung and not to be worn corset- tight.

SEE ME FEEL ME TOUCH ME BUY ME

The Primp is followed by the Twirl, the Mother and the Wallet- Carrier. The Take-Home is the result, and the Add-On the bonus. In the new language of shopping, this is a girl and her parents being filmed and analysed as they make their purchases. Malcolm Gladwell begins our special issue on modern American lifestyles by investigating the major science of selling. Illustration by Stephen Parkes

Boxing : Heartbreak Holmes

Larry Holmes has never been diplomatic, and at 47 he is not about to change. "I'm going to get on the aeroplane tomorrow and bare my arse out the window to show what I think of Denmark," he said in the dressing-room at Copenhagen on Friday night after a thoroughly bad split- decision loss to Brian Neilsen had denied him even a fingerhold on the world heavyweight championship which the Dane's International Boxing Organisation belt represented.

Why didn't you just belt it? Barbara Southgate to her son Gareth after his penalty miss against Germany in Euro 96

SPORTS QUOTES OF 1996: Mum has the last word in a year of sage sayings and verbal vigour. Compiled by Rob McLean

The Knack: How to look 10lb lighter

You need a big belt, a bright waistcoat and a G-string to look slimline, says Liz Earle

5 ways to wear a dress

If you're making just one investment this autumn, the simple shirt- dress has a lot to be said for it. The one shown here is by Betty Jackson, the British designer who launched her first collection over 15 years ago and has been dressing modern, working women as diverse in shape and personality as Joanna Lumley, Cherie Blair, Marianne Faithfull, Victoria Wood, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and Lisa Stansfield. Each of them would wear this black button-through dress very differently. So can you, depending on who you are - and who you want to be.

Fashion: Indian summer

Nothing is so beguiling as an Indian summer: the soft light, the gentle breezes - and the irresistible suggestion of lazy walks through ripe pastures. These are days for the bohemian woman who drifts through life, pausing to enjoy the view. She wears the fruits of her wanderings like a nomad, trinkets picked up in Tibet or Zanzibar - or from select outlets in Britain. Fling on some old beads, an antique shawl, a cluster of rings echoing the colours of the fields, and wander off into the sunset

BOYS' ZONE

Time was when a gentleman would never go out without a neatly knotted tie and a well pressed shirt with double cuffs held together with a smart pair of cuff-links. Nowadays, as we all become more casually attired, it is really only the tie that makes any sort of regular appearance. What thought goes into buying or wearing a belt ("It's just something to keep my jeans up with"), socks ("If they're not crispy I'll wear them for another day") or a tie? As for cuff-links, every man has a pair somewhere, but when was the last time they were worn? (There is, unbelievably, a cuff- link etiquette which states that cuff-links should never be bigger than than a man's thumb. I think this is nonsense.) So if this has given you the inclination to get spruced up or indulge yourself, here is a healthy selection of bits that will finish off any outfit nicely.
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Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?