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My mum, in consultation with our bishop, decided to postpone my baptism until after I got home from Brownie camp. Mormons like to baptise their children as soon as possible after their eighth birthday, which is when they start to become accountable for all their wrongdoings. I'm a mid-August baby and my baptismal certificate is dated 9 September, 1990. I remember mum telling her friends (I wonder why she was asked?) that the postponement was to do with her wanting to make sure that the excitement about Brownie camp was "out of my system" before the baptism.

The Fashion Audit: Selfridges Quiet Room, a new “wonder” bra and Victoria Beckham

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Made in Chelsea episode ten: Mark Francis's 50s glamour party

Binky regrets sleeping with Andy, Jamie gets in everyone's way and Francis finds out Sophia and Proudlock have split up

Rats’ Tales, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Manchester has become a rich beneficiary of Carol Ann Duffy’s powers of retelling old stories. It’s five years since The Manchester Carols premiered in the city, and the Poet Laureate’s latest collaboration with director Melly Still offers us a reminder of the simple wonders of a tale well told – without characterisation, without Disneyfication, devoid of time and context. 

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Kweku Adoboli outside Southwark Crown Court yesterday

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We ought to have spurned the grabby ethic of the City - but did the opposite

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Designer Marios Schwab has joined up with Asos to create a new line of intimates

Boys and bras have a place in the Girl Guides

That the new chief executive of Girlguiding UK is willing to talk about sex can only be a good thing for the future of the organisation

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Desmond Barrit was a magnificent Falstaff for the RSC back in 2000 when Michael Attenborough staged the two parts of Henry IV and he garnered yet more rapturous raves when he reprised the role for Peter Hall last year in Bath. 

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