Voices

Where can a full and frank porn talk go aside from one person decreeing that the other cannot have the sexual outlet they rely on?

A black and white issue: square print cardigan £65; jumper, £60; square print trousers £65, all by Laura Ashley

iStyle: Laura Ashley goes back to the future

At 60, Laura Ashley delves into its archives to uncover a little-seen side, writes Alexander Fury

Topman design AW13

Designer Hike Wear: Take a hike

Fashion followers have been supplanted into the wilds this season, as a host of designers head outward bound, says Rebecca Gonsalves

iStyle: Pop Art inspiration from the Barbican

The brash, colourful movement signalled a radical departure

Billy Zane created artworks using locally sourced materials while filming Titanic

Arts observations: Billy Zane turns to action painting

And in defence of 'virtuous' women

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen is one of the 22 artists shortlisted for Award, the £10,000 prize associated with the British Ceramics Biennial. malenehartmannrasmussen.com Photo: sylvaindeleu.com

iStyle: Smashing crockery: The home of British pottery is hosting a gathering of 150 of the world’s most original ceramic artists and designers.

The third British Ceramics Biennial opens in Stoke-on- Trent this week, with a series of exhibitions, installations and events featuring the work of more than 150 artists and designers.

Tristram Hunt loves ceramics

Arts observations: The welcome resurgence of a lost art

And a painter of Popes and playboys

New date established for the origin of ancient Egypt

UK scientists have established that the state came into existence more recently than previously thought

Hanssen Pigott in her studio

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott: Potter whose work was acclaimed for its clarity and calmness

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was a major figure in the field of international studio ceramics, whose work was characterised by its clarity and calm. From the mid-1980s she began to group apparently functional wares, in the form of bottles, beakers, cups and bowls, into sculptural still-life sequences of timeless purity, a move in the direction of fine art, seen at its most ambitious in her 55ft installation Caravan, shown at Tate St Ives in 2004.

Axed Apprentice contestant Myles Mordaunt

The Apprentice 2013: Lord Sugar turns his nose up at Myles Mordaunt's 'smell what sells' task

Myles Mordaunt has become the latest Apprentice contestant to be shut down as his high-end homewares shop was put out of business by his rival's bargain fashion store.

Animal magic: model wears Belstaff spring/summer 2013

iStyle: Wild things

Shades of khaki and cream aren't just for wearing on safari, says Lee Holmes

INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Concrete is the material of the moment and we like the industrial feel of these bowls by Katharina Eisenkoeck. £95 for a set, katharinaeisenkoeck.comkatharinaeisenkoeck.com" width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/istyle-bright-young-things-8677588.html';" class="" />

iStyle: Bright young things

This week’s New Designers exhibition offers visitors the chance to buy  a future design classic. Trish Lorenz tracks down the names to watch

Mix textural ceramics, metallics, cut metal pieces and lace cushions to create a neutral scheme that’s full of visual interest. John Rocha bowls from £8-£25, debenhams.com

A delicate situation

Don’t tell granny but lace is for more than doilies and curtains. Try it on lamps, linens and even ceramics, says Trish Lorenz

Auction puts Picassos up for sale – for £500

Art lovers on a budget will get the chance to buy an original work by Picasso for a few hundred pounds at an auction later this month.

Ian McIntosh is determined to solve the mystery of the ancient coins

X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history

Ancient African coins lead experts to question who discovered islands

All Together Now: Group a selection of Linea Naturals ceramics from House of Fraser together for a sculptural effect. Ceramic photo frame, £10, tealight holder £18, vases from £20, all houseoffraser.co.uk.

Take the ceramic route

The Royal College of Art is playing host to some of  Britain’s finest pottery this weekend, but fragile  design doesn’t have to break the bank. By Trish Lorenz

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee