Life and Style

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

The Sonnets: 52

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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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?