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Empress Eugénie's influence on fashion came very much from her far from ordinary  life, says Alexander Fury

The Saturday quiz answers

1. The State Hermitage in St Petersburg.

Deals of the week - Budget chic hostel, Lake Garda, Biarritz

Less than £200... Safestay, the budget-chic hostel in Elephant & Castle, London, is celebrating its first birthday by releasing dorm beds for £1 per person, per night. The deal is valid for Sunday stays in July; the first batch of bookings is released on Sunday 30 June. Safestay.co.uk

Amlin Challenge Cup: Sale and Worcester meet in pool stage

Draw for the pool stage of the tournament announced

Samu Manoa is, to David Flatman, one of the very best overseas signings by a Premiership club in recent years
Sam Jones

Wasps flanker Sam Jones included in Barbarians squad for games against England and the Lions

There are now 22 confirmed players in a strong squad

Owen Farrell of Saracens

Heineken Cup preview: Semi-final is so much more than Owen Farrell versus Jonny Wilkinson

No 10s may be leading lights but Sunday’s match will be full of quality and intrigue

Gloucester given a French lesson by tough-tackling Biarritz blitz

Gloucester 31 Biarritz 41

My life in travel: Tim Pigott-Smith

'Living in Biarritz was one long holiday'

George North's dad enters the pitch to congratulate his son

Six Nations: Pitch invader during Wales' victory over France revealed to be George North's father

Father ran on to pitch in Paris to celebrate his son's try

Vincent Clerc pulled up in the second half of Toulouse’s win over Biarritz on Friday and is out for eight to ten days

Saint-André slams 'crazy' fixture list as France lose three players

France will name their 23 players tomorrow for next Sunday's Six Nations Championship match against Italy shorn of three backs from the original longlist including Vincent Clerc, Les Bleus' second-highest all-time try scorer.

Brian O’Driscoll must inspire Leinster to victory at Exeter

Weekend Preview: Richard Cockerill warns Tigers to be ready for Toulouse travelling better

There is still no light at the end of the Heineken Cup tunnel, which may turn out to be longer, and darker, than the one running under the Swiss Alps.

Dimitri Yachvili: The scrum-half kicked all of Biarritz’s points and was their main inspiration

Match Report: Tom Guest and Nick Evans put Harlequins right at home

Biarritz 9 Harlequins 16

Nick Easter: No one is sure if his absence tonight is due to injury or his need for rest

Quins finally face a tough test in bid for clean sweep

Harlequins were truly blessed by the draw for this season's Heineken Cup pool stage – Connacht, the weakest of the Irish teams, and the Italian side Zebre, the weakest team in Christendom, were opponents of which dreams are made. However, they will find themselves thoroughly tested when they chase a clean sweep of victories, together with guaranteed top seeding for the quarter-finals, in the Basque country tonight.

Conor O’Shea (right) was delighted with Harlequins’ performance

Harlequins call for one last push to secure home Heineken Cup quarter-final

O'Shea delighted to progress but knows value of playing next stage at The Stoop

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

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

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there