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

Get ready for Goodwood's 'Festival of Speed'

Forget the credit crunch and celebrate some of the best drivers and the finest vehicles from motor sport past and present

Season in the sun: High-profile events will be bigger than ever this year

Celebrities are gearing up for the hottest dates on this summer's social calendar – even if some have fallen victim to the recession. Rachel Shields reports

The luxury of writing screen adaptations

David Nicholls guides us through the medium

The Sonnets: 27

By William Shakespeare

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By William Shakespeare

Picturing Britain: Street View, Radio 4

Take a photo, get yourself arrested

Capa's lost art finally exposed

A resurfaced box of negatives casts new light on the work of Robert Capa and his contemporaries.

Stay the night: Hotel Le Bristol, Paris

This classic palace hotel opened its smart five-star doors in 1925. Earlier this year it unveiled a new attraction – the expansion of its plush Anne Semonin Spa, which can now be accessed directly from the property.

Helen Levitt: Photographer renowned for her portraits of street life in New York

Helen Levitt was one of the great documentary photographers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned 60 years, she captured in still photographs and on film the daily lives of ordinary Americans. She has been compared to that other eminent photographic documentarian of the 20th century, Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom she met and whose influence she acknowledged.

Alexander Calder: The Parisian Years, Pompidou Centre, Paris<br/>William Eggleston, Cartier Foundation, Paris<br/>Andy Warhol in Paris, Grand Palais, Paris

Three Parisian exhibitions lend a distinctively Gallic flavour to three artists from the US

Simon Calder: Falling down on the job in the French Alps

Travel has few certainties, but a couple of them pertain to winter-sports holidays. One is that your ski instructor, whether male or female, is guaranteed to be good looking. The other is that, at some time during the trip, you will fall over.

Glam rock: Discover a chic C&ocirc;te d'Azur in the Caribbean

The exclusive pleasures of Saint-Barthélemy &ndash; or St Barts to Brits &ndash; are many, from the Francophone feel of the island to the fashionably cool locals

The Ten Best Luxury Face Creams

You're guaranteed to look your best with one of these luxury face creams

Pandora: Hay is a-Blaize over smouldering stripper

The organisers of the Hay Festival's decision to invite the stripper Immodesty Blaize to address this year's audience has turned out to be even more gutsy than I thought.

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