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These one-of-a-kind gowns fit for a fairy tale are sure to go for a princely sum

Bank manager cleared of taking nearly £1m

A former junior bank manager walked free from court today after being cleared of stealing nearly £1 million from a high street bank.

Observations: Pioneer lenswoman takes the focus at last

As the protégée of Henri Cartier Bresson and the wife of Arthur Miller, Inge Morath was eclipsed by two great men. Austrian by birth, she became a photographer, and in 1955 was the first woman to join the Magnum photo agency.

Jewellery theft suspect coughs up the evidence

Police claim that a man accused of trying to sell a stolen ring coughed up the evidence while officers were questioning him. Pictures of the diamond ring worth $20,000 (£12,000) were circulated among jewellers in Joplin, Missouri, after it was reported stolen from a car on Thursday.

Are you the right stuff for the white stuff?

To survive in the frozen winter wastes of Canada, you need to take some tips from the locals. Adrian Mourby and son learnt the ways of the Huron

Richemont hails return of the big spenders

Richemont, the company which owns Cartier watches, Chloe handbags and Montblanc pens, beat its sales forecasts for the Christmas period, adding to signs that shoppers are splashing out again on luxury goods.

The pearl fishers: The waters surrounding the island of Bahrain harbour untold hidden wealth

It's 8.30am and Bahrain's gentle winter sun plays on the water as our boat pulls away from the jetty. Our hopes are high for a good catch: not of fish, but of oysters. And not just any old oysters but those with pearls in them.

Dennis Stock: The man who made Jimmy live forever

The photographer who captured timeless images of Hollywood legends and the great artists of the jazz era has died aged 81. John Walsh pays his respects

Tensions surface for Eclipse vote

US champions' awards rivalry likely to reflect deep divide over artificial tracks

Jamie Oliver chef jailed after theft confession

A chef who featured in a scheme set up by celebrity cook Jamie Oliver was today give a 25-month jail term after a judge heard how he was part of a gang which stole four million pounds worth of Cartier jewellery from an airport warehouse.

Chris Schuler: 'The Queen's Necklace' - a rediscovered classic

It is my good fortune to go to many enjoyable literary events, but few have been as memorable as the launch of a new translation of The Queen’s Necklace by Antal Szerb, in the magical setting of Keats House in Hampstead last week

Superstars of Flat year take final bow

Owner hints that top miler Goldikova will stay in training after champion's award

Little miss big shot: Fifties America exposed – by a French nanny

In 2007, a Chicago estate agent stumbled across an astonishing visual archive of mid-century America. So began one man's mission to rediscover Vivian Maier: nanny, eccentric and 'photographer extraordinaire'

My Week: Hans-Ulrich Obrist

In the week he was voted the art world's most powerful figure, the Serpentine Gallery co-director was busy holding meetings at 6.30 in the morning

Exposed: the age of excess

Martin Parr, the photographer who divides the critics, has finally found a gallery for his iconoclastic new show

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A taste for luxury was not merely a perk but a duty for Indian kings, patrons of artists and craftsmen
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own