Cyclo-therapy: 'Cyclefit are to the bicycle what Rigby & Peller are mto the brassiere – vehicle and passenger should be as one'

I've only gone and done it. More than two years after I "accidentally" bought my trusty blue Trek Madone while intending only to buy socks – and a year after I discovered it was totally the wrong size for my leggy frame – I've laid down the readies for a bespoke ride hand-built in the finest aerospace-grade, high-modulus (me neither) carbon fibre. Excited, me? Just a bit.

Lady Gaga and the case of the lost underwear

When up-market lingerie retailers Rigby and Peller heard that the pop star Lady Gaga wanted to use its knickers in her latest pop video it was only too happy to oblige, sending the star seven sets of handmade frillies.

Canadian war hero charged with sex attacks and murder

He is one of Canada's top military commanders, boasting a chest full of medals and a glittering CV that had put him in charge of the nation's biggest airbase and seen him pilot official flights for the likes of The Queen and Stephen Harper, his country's Prime Minister.

Affair with MP brings down scandal-hit Australian treasurer

After tearfully apologising two years ago for conduct that included sniffing a female colleague's chair and pinging another's bra strap, the Treasurer of Western Australia might have been expected to stay out of trouble. He didn't, and yesterday Troy Buswell was forced to resign from the state government following revelations of an affair with a Greens MP, Adele Carles.

Primark profit surge expected

Associated British Foods (ABF), the owner of value high street fashion chain Primark, is expected to announce a surge in its annual pre-tax profit to nearly £700m on Tuesday.

Retailers accused of sexualising children

Primark, which today withdrew a padded bikini top aimed at young girls, is not the first high street chain to face allegations that its products were encouraging the sexualisation of children.

Primark withdraws padded bikini tops for children

Padded bikini tops for young girls were taken off the shelves by Primark today after the high street chain was accused of sexualising children.

Is it news? BBC accused of plugging Elle Macpherson

Viewers have complained that a BBC programme, in which a reporter spent "a day in the life" of Elle Macpherson was effectively an "advert" for the supermodel's lingerie collection.

Peaches Geldof dropped by lingerie company Ultimo

Peaches Geldof has been axed as the "face and body" of underwear brand Ultimo following claims about her private life.

John Malkovich to play serial killer in Barbican concert

The life story of Jack Unterweger – an Austrian serial killer who strangled prostitutes with their bras and became a cause célèbre after writing poetry in prison – has been compared to those of Josef Fritzl and Jack the Ripper.

A lesson from Latvia on how to break through the glass ceiling

Baltic state's work culture offers an alternative model to traditional male hierarchy

Carol Sarler: The dressing-up box is a pretty safe place for little girls to play

Our daughters have not been sexualised, as David Cameron protested last week. We are simply misinterpreting their games

Lisa Markwell: When girls dress like this, are they not just trying to be more like mum?

Materialism is one thing, wanting to appear sexually available quite another

Former All Black sorry for groping teen

Former All Black Robin Brooke has apologised on national television to the teenage girl whose backside he groped in Fiji on New Year's Eve and will undergo alcohol counselling, donate to charity and reimburse airfares and legal fees.

Police in bid to identify building site body

Police were today trying to identify a woman whose remains were discovered by workmen on a building site.

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