News Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

The seven-time Formula one world champion is fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries, with a helmet camera he was wearing hoping to reveal more information about the accident

Vampire Weekend, Astoria, London

With a name likeVampire Weekend, one would not be expecting to see a band comprising Upper West Side Ivy Leaguers, best known for their affection for deck shoes, yachting and cardigans. Something spooky is going on when a band member's father standing at the side of the stage looks sharper than his son. One of the most hotly tipped bands for 2008, whose self-titled debut album has only just come out, Vampire Weekend don't carry much of the cool of their forebears The Strokes. Not that the audience mind: the up-to-the-minute young indie fans, from punks to skinny-jeaned rockers to bearded folksters, along with some of the band's old mates from Columbia University, are already bitten.

Review: Sir Derek and the Devil – the perfect antidote to visual tartrazine

Summerhill, BBC1, CBBC; A Boy Called Alex, Channel 4; Reaper, E4; In the Night Garden, CBBC

'Spider's web' of rendition and secret prisons revealed in report

A European investigation has accused Britain and 13 other countries of colluding with the United States in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and illegal abduction of terrorist suspects.

Northampton breach Agen's stronghold

Agen 6 Northampton 19


The Benetton equation - "shocking" ads, boring product - holds good with Gap, too. Only the Gap commercials are smart and charming rather than shocking, and all the more insidious for that. The recent Gap series, the dancing ones - Sixties go-go etc - and the singing ones, are all really good in their bland way. They recycle other people's ideas, aesthetics and music in good-taste, high-production-value, high-concept ways. And in very much a photographer's studio; white-out, tasteful settings, with no problematic class or tribal-specific detailing. It's all done with a strong stylist's editorial eye (rather as Ralph Lauren gained hugely from Ann Boyd's taste).

Real Clothes: Ripping yarns

Forget sloppy Joes and twin-sets with "pretty" beaded details this season - even the moths won't want to nibble on them. Knitwear for autumn/winter '99 is all about making a statement. Thick and chunky (think hand-knitted) is the dictum from the catwalk for cardigans and jumpers, but also fitted in shape and sexy - and it's not an easy combination to pull off. Necklines have been taken to the extreme - you could lose yourself in the latest, cowlnecks, they're so enormous. And sleeves? Well they're either very very long or very very wide.

Film: Two gongs for two Zhangs in Venice

In his second report from the Venice Film Festival, Lee Marshall applauds both winners and losers

How we met; Luciano Benetton & Oliviero Toscani

Luciano Benetton was born near Venice in 1935 and left school at 14 to support his family. While working as a shop assistant he began to stock jumpers made by his sister, Giuliana. The jumper business took off and in 1965 he and his two brothers and sister founded Benetton; it now has an annual turnover of pounds 1,400m. His four grown-up children all work for the family company

Fashion: On the beaten track

If you're after this summer's more whimsical designer trends - floral print slips, drawstring necklines and pretty puffed sleeves - simply head for the high street

Book Of The Week: Family fortune's rise and fall

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform