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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Mark Thomas' Edinburgh Fringe show, Bravo Figaro!, finds him moving from front-line to home front and telling the story of his relationship with his father

Comedian Mark Thomas 'shocked' at his inclusion on construction industry blacklist

Comedian Mark Thomas has spoken of his anger after discovering his name on a blacklist drawn up for construction companies.

Paris Lees, No 1 on the 2013 Pink List

Transgender activists praise Independent on Sunday for Pink List selection

Leading figures in the transgender community have praised the The Independent on Sunday for naming a transgender person at No 1 on its Pink List of Britain’s 101 most influential LBGT people.

Back to School: What is the campaign?

Scouts follow Girl Guides by offering an alternative to God oath

The Scout Association has launched an alternative godless version of its oath in a bid to be more welcoming to young atheists – but was criticised by some secularists for not going far enough.

This picture, taken in 2011, shows the drilling rig of Cuadrilla Resource near Blackpool

Fracking company Cuadrilla pulls out of shale gas site in Lancashire

A fracking company has withdrawn from a shale gas site near Blackpool which was the scene of a series of earth tremors that led to a moratorium on the controversial technology.

Bad sport? The retailer has come under fire as one of a number of high-profile firms using the contracts

Exclusive: Government 'has its head in the sand' over extent of zero hours

The Government is failing to recognise the true extent of workers employed on controversial zero-hours contracts, by continuing to use data that is acknowledged by the Office for National Statistics – which publishes the statistics – to understate the problem, according to MPs and campaigners.

Freja fever: shorts £182 available from Harrods and department stores nationwide, 0207 580 8644

iStyle: Model behaviour - Freja Beha Erichsen dons denim for charity

Freja Beha Erichsen has collaborated with Mother denim in aid of charity, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Lionel Messi leaves with the match ball after his hat-trick against Ajax

Champions League: Boost for Celtic as Lionel Messi is ruled out of tie for Barcelona

The Catalan club insist they are more than a one-man team

Book review: The Windsor Faction, By DJ Taylor

History and fiction blend in this cunningly mixed cocktail of wartime skullduggery

Brian Cookson, right, is the president of British Cycling

Brian Cookson on course to win 'critical' UCI vote

Bradley Wiggins is not the only one to suggest it is all but done and dusted as Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling, enters this morning's vote to chose the best man to lead to lead the sport's global governing and oust the incumbent, Pat McQuaid.

Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the longstanding ban on women driving.

Saudi women to get behind the wheel on October 26 to defy driving ban

Activists have launched another campaign against the ban on women driving. Their website is urging women to get behind the wheel on 26 October in defiance.

The Sex Box panel (from left to right): Phillip Hodson, Tracey Cox Dan Savage and Mariella Frostrup

Lovers to have sex in front of studio audience on new Mariella Frostrup show

Channel 4's Sex Box aiming to promote open dialogue about 'real sex' in light of the explosion in online porn

Industry backs demand for 24-hour energy firm switch

The energy industry has today been challenged to follow the lead set by the telecoms and banking sectors and speed-up the switching process.

Postcard from... Brussels

Making waves: Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson: 'I never really felt like pushing boundaries'

The 38-year-old Hawaiian says he would rather surf than be in the studio

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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable