Ultimo gets extra lift from its sponsors

When Britain's women unwrap their Christmas presents on Sunday, there's a good chance they'll find some lingerie, judging by the latest sales from Ultimo.

A woman is attacked by police officers in Tahrir Square, revealing her bra at one point

Outrage as police shown stamping on woman's chest

A video showing military police viciously clubbing a woman, repeatedly kicking her head and then stamping on her semi-naked chest triggered a wave of outrage yesterday and threatening to further inflame three days of bloody clashes in the capital.

Harriet Walker: Save our streets from the pouting, porny Barbies

Ilike to think I'm impervious to faddish trends these days. I've been a goth, a Wag, a swot and a toff in my time, and I've settled at a stretchy waistband and warm coat sort of stage – yes, I follow fashion, but only if it's black and baggy.

Rebecca Armstrong: The ingenuity of infomercials' ability to distract us

Late for work this morning? Pressed snooze once too often? Not me. I was late because I was transfixed by the TV. Again.

The ingenuity of infomercials' ability to distract us

Late for work this morning? Pressed snooze once too often? Not me. I was late because I was transfixed by the TV. Again. I've always hated morning telly – too much noise, too many colours, too early – but having been burgled twice, I put the TV on when I go to work to fox future thieves. But it's not the news, or poor old Daybreak, that's been distracting me from my commute.

Dim up North: The Desperate Scousewives gamely give us a semi-scripted window on their world

Desperate Scousewives, E4, Monday
Money: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? BBC2, Tuesday

Liverpool's would-be slebs may be dull, but a film on wealth creation exposes a truly odious world

Doctor speaks out to reveal brutality in regime prisons

One of the doctors sentenced by Bahraini authorities for supporting pro-democracy protests spoke in detail yesterday of her ordeal while in detention. Dr Fatima Haji was sentenced to five years in prison before yesterday's announcement that a retrial would take place.

La Senza mulls shop closures

The private equity owner of the troubled lingerie retailer La Senza has floated plans to close a number of under-performing shops in a bid to turn around its performance and slash costs.

The Business On... June Kenton, Proprietor, Rigby & Peller

What? The Queen's corsetière has been sold to the Belgians?

HIV expert kept woman as slave

An HIV expert was jailed today after being convicted of keeping a 21-year-old woman as a slave.

Jean-Paul Gaultier to launch lingerie line

Jean-Paul Gaultier is launching a lingerie line. The French designer - famed for developing Madonna's Conical bra for her 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour - has developed a "provocative" lingerie collection Italian brand La Perla.

Today from i: The bra – a brief history

Debenhams has unveiled its ‘Triple Boost Bra’, which it says gives a lift equivalent to three cup sizes. It’s the latest leap forward in the long history of lingerie...

Harriet Walker: Why not, if your daughter has style?

The real danger of dressing like one's daughter depends on the daughter
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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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